"Bath salts" in Illinois and throughout the rest of the country are a growing epidemic. The designer drug known as "bath salts" is not to be confused with the bath salts that are used in the bath tub for cleaning, skin exfoliation, and enhancing the bathing experience. These are made from Epsom salt, table salt, baking soda, and Calgon. The three-known ingredients in "bath salts" are the synthetic stimulants mephedrone, MDPV, and methylone. But since the drug is constantly being newly designed in order to avoid being classified as illicit drugs, the exact chemical composition of "bath salts" remains largely unknown.
However, with a new drug test developed by Ameritox, the nation's leader in pain medication monitoring, the other contents of "bath salts" may now be uncovered. The test not only detects the three common synthetic stimulants - which the DEA has categorized as controlled substances - but also tests for five other chemical components commonly used in bath salts products.
The synthetic powder known as bath salts is sold legally online and in drug paraphernalia stores under a variety of names, such as "Ivory Wave," "Purple Wave," "Red Dove," "Blue Silk," "Zoom," "Bloom," "Cloud Nine," "Ocean Snow," "Lunar Wave," "Vanilla Sky," "White Lightning," "Scarface," and "Hurricane Charlie."
These drugs have been falsely marketed as "bath salts," "plant food," or "research chemicals." They often contain warnings such as "not to use for human consumption" in an effort to circumvent statutory restrictions on these items. Their effect on users is very similar to methamphetamine, with side effects including extreme agitation, paranoia, hallucinations, and even suicidal tendencies. The number of incidents related to the use of bath salts has grown rapidly in recent weeks. Poison control centers from across the country reported that emergency room visits resulting from the use of bath salts increased from 300 in 2010 to 6,000 in 2011.
Bath Salts Addiction Treatment at A Center for Addiction Recovery
A Center for Addiction Recovery offer bath salts addiction treatment at our 12 acre private facility. Our clinical staff consists of licensed social workers, mental health counselors including therapists specialized in bath salts addiction treatment. Our addiction treatment therapists understands the dynamics of bath salts addiction and when preparing a treatment plan for each client they take in consideration the clients past experiences, which may include trauma, family and cultural backgrounds, as well as the client's present situation and life style. Our medical team consists of physicians, psychiatrists and nursing professionals. We have medical personnel on site 24/7 to ensure the safety and comfort of our clients during and after detox. Clients follow individualized detox protocols that are carefully monitored and tailored to address detox symptoms. If a clients' recovery is compounded by mental health issues, we offer a complete psychiatric evaluation and appropriate psychotropic medications, as indicated. After detox is completed, we offer supportive therapies that promote total wellness, including: medical massage, chiropractic care, yoga and personal training.
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