A Bath Salt Addict Describes Why She Gave Them Up

How did you discover bath salts?

I was on probation and my probation officer was giving me random drug tests. A friend told me that the current drug screens being used in my county didn’t check for bath salts so it would be a high that I couldn’t be violated for.  I decided to try them out with her.  Little did I know they would cause me to violate anyway.

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What Did You Like About Them?

When you are on them, you have lots of energy and you pretty much think you can control everything and everyone around you. Your emotions are very strong, though false and after being on opiates so long before this, I was not used to feeling and I liked the powerful emotions, even if they were mostly negative ones.

What Didn’t You Like?

Most of the emotions I felt were negative. Anger, fear, paranoia, etc, were common. I remember one time I believed the police were hiding under my bed. Later that night, I heard a knock at my door and two officers were standing there. They were actually looking for someone else, but I freaked out and started running. They chased me down but had to let me go because I managed to convince them I was not high, just afraid of authority.

How Did You Violate?

Bath salts make you crazy. I mean, you literally do say and think things you never would with a sober mind. While high one day I believed I had a dead baby in my hair. I pounded on the neighbor’s door and started screaming in her living room to get the bloody, dead, baby out of my hair. The police came and I went to the hospital for delusions but my probation officer found out that the hospital discovered I had been using bath salts. I was violated.

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How Do You Not Relapse?

My probation officer was nice about the violation and let me stay on probation. Every time I get the urge to get high now, I remember that she gave me a second chance and I don’t want to let her down. I also make sure I don’t have a lot of free time on my hands. I work full-time, go to school and volunteer at a local non-profit business. Boredom is a huge trigger for me so I avoid it at all costs.

Advice to Other Bath Salt Addicts?

Get clean and then stay busy. Read up on some of the crazy “zombie” behaviors that people on bath salts have done. Bath salts can kill you or cause you to kill others. Stay away from them if you want any kind of a life.

Note: Bath Salts are often available in drug paraphernalia stores and on the Internet under a variety of names, such as “Ivory Wave,” and “Vanilla Sky,” “Purple Wave,” “Bliss,” “Cloud Nine,” “Ocean Snow,” and “White Lighting.”  

 

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