The drugs known as “Bath Salts” are relatively new man-made drugs that contain amphetamine-like chemicals. Some of the chemicals commonly found in Bath Salts include MDPV, pyrovalerone, and mephedrone. Because MPVD and mephedrone were recently made illegal, bath salts now sometimes include a number of different similar replacement substances, which allows Bath Salts to be sold as legal drugs. This constant variety of ingredients in Bath Salts creates huge risk, as teens taking bath salts really have no idea what substances they’re ingesting and/or what effects these substances might have. Furthermore, because the drugs and teen bath salts abuse is a somewhat new form of drug abuse, knowledge on long-term effects is extremely limited.
Teen Bath Salts Abuse Symptoms
Because Bath Salts ingredients vary, the effects and symptoms of Teen Bath Salts abuse change as well, but often resemble symptoms related to Teen Cocaine Abuse. Because mephedrone is a very strong stimulant, Bath Salts which contain mephedrone will cause symptoms similar to that of cocaine but have been reported as up to 10 times stronger. Obviously this makes Bath Salts extremely dangerous and puts teens at high risk for addiction as well as overdose. Furthermore, these types of Bath Salts can create intense cravings even after one or two uses, which makes teens very vulnerable to developing Bath Salts addiction.
Because Bath Salts are stimulant drugs, some of the physical effects they often cause include:
- increased heart rate and blood pressure
- chest pains
- heart attack
- panic attack
- volatile behavior
Paradigm San Francisco Teen Bath Salts Abuse Treatment
At Paradigm San Francisco, we begin teen bath salts abuse treatment by monitoring teens’ physical and mental stability, through any withdrawal symptoms. The withdrawal process varies according to the individual, based on how addicted the teens are as well as how long and how frequently they’ve been using bath salts.
Following the monitored withdrawal process, our therapists work with teens to address the nature of their bath salts abuse in its entirety, including teens’ behaviors, thought patterns, emotional triggers, and any other sources of stress in their lives. As therapists help teens to identify these important connections between their drug abuse and the rest of their lives, teens are better able to understand and recognize opportunities for making positive changes that can vastly improve their quality of living. In this way, we encourage teens to view their teen bath salts abuse treatment not just as a process of becoming sober, but of finding renewed value and motivation in their lives. Along these lines, at Paradigm San Francisco we also provide numerous different support programs to help teens address and reach their goals in school, in relationships, in activities, and in physical health.