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Bath Salts Addiction: How Bad Is An Addiction to Bath Salts?

Updated on November 30, 2014
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Kitty is a Registered Nurse. She uses what she has learned on the job to inspire and encourage others to take control of their health.

Bath Salts as a Drug?

There's a somewhat new drug out on the market as of this decade. The common name is bath salts, but street names include "vanilla sky" and "bliss" among others. But these bath salts are not the kind that one might enjoy soaking in after a long day at work...this type of bath salts is a means for many people to get high. Many people are even finding themselves addicted to bath salts; are you addicted to bath salts?

This article will spell out the basics on bath salts as a drug, including what they are made of and what type of high it give its users. It will also go into detail about the dangers of bath salts addiction and where to find help for this type of addiction.

Bath salts are addictive and dangerous.
Bath salts are addictive and dangerous. | Source

The Basics of Bath Salts

So what is this drug made of, really? Bath salts are composed of a couple different materials but the main property, and the property that gives its users a high, is what is called a substituted cathinone. Substituted cathinones are a derivative of cathinone, which is an alkaloid that is similar to ephedrine or amphetamines. To put it simply, bath salts can be composed of many different things depending on where they are made, but the high-producing ingredient is indeed a stimulant.

Bath salts have been sold not just on the street but in convenience stores such as gas stations and even in smoke shops all over the country. The packaging is usually a small plastic bag with a label that says "not for human consumption", which seems confusing to most; however, the labeling was what kept the bath salts out of trouble with the law for quite some time. In 2011, a law was signed by the President and passed that would ban about a dozen types of these bath salts from being sold in the stores. Unfortunately, the manufacturers keep coming up with new ways of producing these bath salts by using different chemicals...chemicals that are legal, at least for the moment. Many news reporters are saying that the law-makers and policemen cannot even keep up with the ever-evolving bath salts...they can't ban the new types of bath salts quick enough.

Drugs like bath salts are synthetic in nature and should never be used as the name intends (as a dissolvant in a bathtub). Truth be told, they should not be used at all because of the harmful effects on the brain. If you'd like to learn more about the harmful effects of bath salts addiction, please continue reading.

Japanese-manufactured bath salts
Japanese-manufactured bath salts | Source

Dangers of Bath Salts

So why is this new drug causing such a raucous on the TV and in the news? Is it really that bad if they are selling it in the gas stations? You can be the judge of that; moreover, I'll go ahead and give you the evidence of the harm of bath salts addiction.

Depending on the type of bath salts the user is using or abusing, the properties contained within those brightly-colored morsels could be straight stimulants or a combination of a stimulant and a psychoactive drug. While many people report feeling a high similar to ecstasy when first taking bath salts, the feelings of euphoria eventually wear off and the person can be left wanting more bath salts. This could definitely lead to an addiction, just as with those who can indeed get addicted to ecstasy.

But when people aren't experiencing euphoria and mild hallucinations with bath salts addiction, what else can they experience on this type of drug? Severe paranoia, panic attacks, psychosis, and "bad trips" (scary hallucinations) have all been reported by bath salts users and addicts. These are just the frightening effects the user can experience within their brain due to bath salts use, but that isn't the entirety of the negative effects on a person's body. Being that bath salts are a stimulant, they can also cause high blood pressure, increased heart rate, and profuse sweating (which could potentially lead to dehydration).

Many young adults and even kids are using this family of drugs, as they are easily accessible and "legal". If you'd like to read some stories of young adults and teens who go to the hospital because of bath salts use or addiction, all you have to do is google "bath salts addiction" or "harmful effects of bath salts" and you will see pages upon pages of testimonials. The Youtube video below is enough to make me want to stay far away from this dangerous drug.

Bath salts addiction has even been blamed for the "Miami Zombie" incident earlier this year. If you don't remember the story, let me refresh your memory. A naked and psychotic man (who was thought to be on bath salts) literally ran down a homeless man and ate his face clean off. The culprit was thought to be the synthetic bath salts drug that so many teens and young adults find "fun". More stories of psychosis have been told in addition to the Miami Zombie story, all relating back to the bath salts addiction epidemic.

Getting Help for Bath Salts Addiction

While bath salts are used as a recreational drug, there are those who actually build up a bath salts addiction. Just as one can get addicted to work, ecstasy, or sex, one can also get addicted to synthetic drugs like bath salts because of the effect on the person's brain.

Unfortunately, drug therapists and counselors do not know that much about bath salts addiction as it is a fairly new drug epidemic. There are particular rehab facilities in the United States that have been putting much effort into learning how to treat bath salts addiction. One particular rehab facility I have found is the Malibu Horizon treatment center in California, amongst many others.

If you or someone you know has a problem with bath salts addiction, please research and find a rehab facility near you that will rehabilitate people with bath salts addiction. It is not a thing to take lightly, and bath salts addiction can not only get you arrested but could even put you in the hospital...or mental ward.

Written and copyright © by Kitty the Dreamer (May Canfield), 2012. All Rights Reserved.

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    Nicole Canfield 4 years ago from the Ether

    Yes please do.

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    Mackenzie Sage Wright 4 years ago

    Oh my goodness, that's so scary. Have to talk to my teens about that.

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    Nicole Canfield 4 years ago from the Ether

    Ingenira - No, it is not the normal "bath salts" that Bath and Body Works's something totally different and dangerous. Thanks for the read!

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    Ingenira 4 years ago

    I thought it was the normal salt used for bath. Oh dear! Glad that I learnt such a drug called Bath salt actually exists here, and be forewarned about it.

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    Blake Ford Hall 4 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings

    Arizona has been one of the largest states where Bath Salts, Glass Cleaner, Window Cleaner, or its other names has been rampid. The funny thing, is that it is the legalized drug corporations that are putting these things out there. Oddly, the regular drug culture underworld and market is as against them as the DEA is against pot and meth. Many sources would speculate that it is an attempt to undermine or control the medical marijuana industry, that the same groups that lobby to get pot legalized are now becoming incorporated and trying to undermine the very green movement. Not very hippie utopian if you ask me.

    Oh by the way, you know me KTD...the Miami incident is up for speculation. I have seen conflicting reports about that one from the police and the news media. It is actually more likely that individual was on a relatively unheard of drug that has not really hit the US shores, it is known in Asia as Croc ( short for crocodile, because it causes such intense internal over heating that it leaves a reptile like flaking of the skin externally...can't tell you much else. ) , it is actually whole different thing than the Bath salts thing.

    Or so I have heard.

    I would point out that the recent Randy Travis incident, where he was found nearly naked outside of his wrecked automobile...that was probably a major public figure that got a hold of bath salt style drugs. I like to think Randy might have got slipped a mickey, but hey who are we kidding. Country music has as many addicts as any of the arts, plus a lot of people get duped into thinking bath salts are cocaine, oxy, crystal meth or mdma, because you can snort them.

    Word to the wise out there, if you are gonna be dumb enough to do bath not try to smoke them. They will either catch fire, explode in your smoking glass, and if not, they will do a number to your lungs like inhaling propane. That is a fact. I know a few chemists in my circles, so listen up if you are the type to experiment with such crap. Anyhow...

    Oh and to the person above me in the comments, Bath Salts has little or nothing to do with the chemicals that are actually in the compounds. But you knew that KTD I am sure.

    Final word, this type stuff is even frowned on by the chemists who are professionals at synthesizing synthetics. LSD, DMT, MDMA, P2P, and other psychadelics are not even remotely in the same category...not at all. It is like comparing apple cider to cobra venom. The only reason Bath salt type compounds give you any kind of hallucinagenic high is because the are shutting down your synaptic brain wave patterns by dehydrating the brain at an accelerated rate, about seventy times quicker than crystal meth or crack cocaine. It is unlikely that you will become addicted to Bath Salts, because you will die or become an asylum inmate long before that.

    Hope some of this information is useful for your hub KTD. Once again, you hit a topic that I have been meaning to write about for a while, but I am glad to see the information getting out there. Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d

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    Mom Kat 4 years ago from USA

    I was expecting to hear about people who just loved to soak themselves silly in a nice hot bath using bath salts.... wow! was I way off...

    I've never heard of this before. Thank you for writing this, very informative & scary!

    I make my own bath salts and give them away as gifts over the holidays; using essential oils & dead sea salt. I never would have imagined someone using bath salts as an actual drug... (shutter)

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    Victoria Postlewait 4 years ago from Orlando, Florida

    This drug really scares me. Over the past few months I have heard of at least 3 cases where someone has been under the influence of bath salts and has torn at another persons face! This drug is unlike any other, it can make you serial-killer insane! I mean a drug that can make you have the urge to rip someones face off? I would never try this drug. I mean alcohol has a tendency to make certain people violent, but to a certain extent. I couldn't imagine the damage that bath salts can cause to your brain.

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    Brent Jones 4 years ago from California

    I absolutely hate this stuff. Wish I never found it. Herbal incense or spice is almost as bad. Read my blog about my struggles.

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    Nicole Canfield 4 years ago from the Ether

    Alisa - You're absolutely right about that...a person can get addicted to literally anything if they obsessed over it enough. Thanks for the comment!

    Thundermama - The problem is that they can't seem to ban the new types quick enough. It is a scary drug.

    Crystal Tatum - Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

    TToombs08 - Agreed, thanks!

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    Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

    Kitty, this drug really scares me. Voted up and shared.

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    Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

    I just heard for the first time about this addiction the other day. Very disturbing. Great job bringing this into the light.

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    Catherine Taylor 4 years ago from Canada

    This drug terrifies me. I am pretty sure it is illegal in Canada and can't for the life of e figure out why it hasn't been banned everywhere. Very informative hub.

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    Alisa Arishina 4 years ago

    There's so much to be addicted to--caffeine, nicotine, drugs, glue, food even--that it's a mystery to me what prompts people to get addicted to some things but not others. Bath salt is definitely new however (and bothersome).

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