Bath Salts

Bath Salts

Frequently Asked Questions
What Are Bath Salts?

Synthetic cathinones, more commonly referred to as “bath salts,” are man-made stimulants that are designed to replicate the effects produced by cocaine, methamphetamine, and Ecstasy. Though they are intended to look like bath salts used for bathing, the two are not the same, as the version used for bathing does not have mind-altering effects.

What Are Common Street Names?

Bliss, Blue Silk, Cloud Nine, Drone, Ivory Wave, Meow Meow, Pure Ivory, Snow Leopard, Stardust, Vanilla Sky, White Dove, White Knight.

What Do They Look Like?

Bath salts are available in powder form (as capsules) and crystal form, which resembles Epsom salts used for bathing.

How Are They Used?

Bath salts are usually snorted but can also be taken orally, smoked, or injected.

What Are the Short-Term Effects of Bath Salts?

Bath salts are used to achieve many of the same effects produced by Ecstasy and methamphetamine. They are also similar to cocaine, except bath salts are ten times more potent. They stimulate the central nervous system, heightening alertness and producing euphoria in users. Despite the temporary satisfaction they can bring, bath salts can also pose immediate damage to the mind and body.

Why Are Bath Salts Harmful?

Bath salts have a high potential for harm, as the chemical components of these synthetic drugs are difficult to trace. Even short-term use can cause individuals to become aggressive, confused, irritable, and delusional. Users may also experience hypertension, heart palpitations, and seizures. The negative effects of bath salts multiply with prolonged use.

Long-Term Effects of Bath Salts Abuse

Repeated bath salts misuse can lead to addiction and health problems, such as:

  • Ulcers
  • Malnutrition
  • Psychosis
  • Bone pain
  • Heart problems
  • Severe depression
Recognizing Bath Salts Addiction

Habitual bath salts abuse can cause the brain to become chronically dependent on the drug. Bath salts addiction can lead to multiple changes in behavior, including:

Psychological Symptoms

Physical Signs

  • Chest pains
  • Nose bleeds
  • Muscle tension
  • Increased body temperature/chills
What Does a Bath Salts Overdose Look Like?

Due to the number of powerful chemicals that make up the drug, many of which are often unknown, bath salts are very dangerous. They are extremely addictive and lead to intense cravings, causing users to take deadly amounts of the drug in chasing “the high.”

  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Extreme agitation
  • Cardiac dysfunction
  • Seizures
  • Dehydration
  • Combativeness
  • Suicidal ideation

Individuals who overdose require immediate medical attention, as the psychotic symptoms of a bath salts overdose can cause extremely aggressive behavior and often lead to suicide. Even if an individual appears to be better, their cravings will intensify after an overdose, causing them to seek out a potentially deadly amount of the drug.


How Do You Treat Bath Salts Addiction?

Bath Salts Detox

In order to heal from bath salts addiction, the first step is to discontinue use. This allows the body to rid itself of dangerous toxins and start recovering. During this period of detoxification, individuals may experience severe withdrawal symptoms and cravings.

While detoxing at home is possible, the psychological symptoms of a bath salts addiction can be dangerous. Because bath salts can also contain unidentified chemicals that can cause unpredictable physical and mental harm, it is best to meet with a health professional to determine whether medically monitored detox is necessary.


  • Amnesia
  • Violent behavior
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Intense cravings


Bath Salts Addiction Treatment

After the body has rid itself of all toxins, individuals are better able to focus on other aspects of their recovery, such as uncovering the root of their addiction and addressing the negative behaviors it has caused. Options for bath salts addiction treatment include inpatient (residential), outpatient, and extended care programs.


Because of the impact that bath salts have on the brain, combining traditional treatment with holistic therapies focused on mental well-being can greatly benefit addicted individuals. By fostering emotional strength, mindfulness, and mental clarity, those in recovery are better prepared to overcome any future challenges that could derail their progress.

There are several therapeutic activities that can help individuals overcome their bath salts addiction. Those who miss the rush they experienced from using bath salts may enjoy the thrill of climbing Rock Walls, a much less risky alternative. Individuals who relied on bath salts to stay alert may benefit from Sleep Education, which can provide them with suggestions on how to rest more often so they feel naturally energized. Users who experienced paranoia as a result of their bath salts addiction may choose to minimize their symptoms through Spiritual Enhancement, which calms the mind and inspires mental and emotional growth.

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Rock Walls

Indoor and outdoor rock climbing activity to hone focus and determination, enabling you to push through self-limiting beliefs.

Drug rehab patient sleeping.

Sleep Education

Tips and practices to promote deep relaxation and enhance sound sleep, allowing you to sleep better and longer while in addiction treatment and after.

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Spiritual Enhancement

Reflection workshop to encourage peace of mind and spiritual development through readings and discussion of non-religious parables.

Discover other therapeutic activities that encourage holistic healing on our Wellness page.

If you or a loved one is struggling with bath salts addiction, know that you are not alone. Our team of medical, clinical, and wellness experts are here to help you break free from addiction and achieve the happy, healthy life you deserve.