Bath Salts Withdrawal

Bath salts are synthetic cathinones that have received some media attention in the last decade with the allegation that those who use bath salts end up doing reckless things.  Some people who abuse bath salts do end up doing reckless and dangerous things, as evidenced by some videos. However, not all bath salt users take up reckless activities. Nonetheless, bath salts are detrimental to your health and mind.

Bath salts are very dangerous when ingested in any way.  They’re related to a substance known as cathinone, which comes from an African khat plant.

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This substance acts much like an amphetamine, such as MDMA or cocaine, stimulating the central nervous system. Others report feeling euphoric or experiencing hallucinations when taking bath salts.

There are plenty of synthetic bath salts that are sold on the streets usually in small plastic bags or foil. They may be labeled, “Not for human consumption.” However, this does not deter some people from trying them out. These new psychoactive mind-altering drugs pose a great danger to those who use them.  Side effects reported are paranoia, seizures, bizarre or reckless behavior, psychosis, violent behavior, or death.

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What Are Bath Salts Withdrawal Symptoms?

Bath salts are addictive, causing users to continually crave more of the drug. If they cannot continue using the drug, strong and uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms may arise, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Paranoia
  • Depression
  • Tremors
  • Stomach cramps
  • Cravings
  • Erratic behavior
  • Psychosis
  • Fatigue
  • Trouble focusing
  • Hallucinations
  • Agitation

What Are the Stages in Bath Salts Withdrawal Timeline?

Not everyone will get through bath salt withdrawal at the same pace or experience the same intensity of symptoms. The time frame and intensity can vary due to:

  • Level of addiction
  • The dose of bath salts taken
  • The frequency taken
  • Overall health condition
  • How supportive the environment is
  • Dietary habits
  • Age
  • Metabolism
  • Polydrug use
  • Mental health

Because bath salts are similar to stimulants, the general withdrawal timeline will be similar to other stimulants.

General Bath Salt Withdrawal Timeframe

DAY 1

Usually within the first 12 to 24 hour you may start experiencing some early withdrawal symptoms, such as anxiety, restlessness, cravings, and fatigue.

DAYS 2-4

Amphetamines give the brain a good boost of dopamine, so when someone stops taking bath salts, the brain’s lack of dopamine can cause a person to experience what is called a crash. It’s likely that between days two and four, the withdrawal symptoms will peak, which can feel quite uncomfortable.

Common symptoms reported during this timeframe include insomnia, cramping, paranoia, trouble focusing, agitation, and perhaps some of the more severe symptoms like tremors, hallucinations, and psychosis.

DAYS 5-7

Usually by the end of the first week of withdrawal, many or most of the physical withdrawal symptoms will have subsided. This will vary depending on the factors mentioned above, as heavy users tend to go through a longer withdrawal period. Psychological symptoms may linger on, such as anxiety, depression, and cravings.

Regardless of whether you were a mild or heavy user of bath salts, seeking the help of substance abuse professionals to undergo detox is recommended.

Why Should I Detox?

Your body will need to rid itself from the harmful chemicals associated with bath salts. When you stop ingesting them, your body will be craving the drug, but it’s important that you abstain from using so it has a chance to rebalance itself.  Detoxing from bath salts is your first step toward a successful recovery from bath salt addiction.

You should never try to detox cold turkey at home, as it can be quite dangerous. The safest way to come off bath salts is under the supervision of a physician or addiction specialists, as in a residential treatment center.

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What is the Next Treatment Step?

The next treatment step after detox is to commit to a long-term recovery program at a residential or outpatient treatment center. It might not be enough just to stop using bath salts, as there are usually other factors involved with addiction. If you don’t get to the root of the addiction, you are likely to relapse down the road. This is why continued treatment is vital to a full recovery.

Residential Treatment

Residential treatment is an essential recovery step. Leaving home to receive the treatment you need to get free from addiction is a great way to regain control of your life. Sometimes it’s challenging to get free from addiction while living at home, especially when your home life might not be very supportive. Taking the time to commit to residential rehab can make a world of difference and impact the rest of your life.

At residential treatment, you will be surrounded by substance abuse professionals ready and willing to assist you in getting free and learning how to live life without using drugs. You learn a lot about addiction and recovery, including helpful tools and techniques to help prevent relapse. You’ll also get to meet with a therapist to contend with any emotional or mental health issues that may be going on. You may also be introduced to a 12-step recovery group that you have the option to continue attending once you are discharged.

The length of time that you stay in treatment will depend on your wants and needs. Many opt to stay 30, 60, or 90 days for treatment, and then some go on to enroll in an outpatient program or intensive outpatient program (IOP).

Outpatient Treatment

An outpatient program works well for those who are not able to live at the treatment center due to family or work responsibilities. You’ll usually attend between three and five sessions per week and receive much of the same care as you would in a residential treatment program. An intensive outpatient program (IOP) requires more time per week than outpatient treatment, usually more than 12 hours. Some people complete residential rehab and then enroll in IOP if they still don’t feel very strong in their recovery.

Your level of care will depend on things like your level of bath salt addiction, funds, and time.

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