With Americans being more stressed than ever, it’s not surprising to find that many of us are reaching for whatever we can to get through the day. If you’ve been abusing substances, you may feel that it helps take the sting off life’s struggles – it may give you feelings of happiness that you otherwise wouldn’t have, or maybe it even helps you just “get away”. Illicit drugs have long been used by people as a form of escape; the reality, however, is that these drugs aren’t safe – not only are the side effects and risks of overdose dangerously possible, it’s now harder than ever to tell what you may even be taking.
A 2016 study published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence involved the examination of psychoactive substances such as Ecstasy to determine how common it is for these drugs to be contaminated with others. Over 100 young adults who attended nightclubs or festivals submitted their hair samples to be analyzed; results from the study showed that 41.2% of participants were found to have taken bath salts, even when they initially reported having never taken them in their lifetime. The study also found that frequent attendance of nightclubs, raves, etc. predicted higher rates of testing positive for bath salts and other drugs. The truth is, many people who seek out these drugs take them so they can have fun at concerts – as a way to escape, relax, unwind, and have fun. Unfortunately, the circumstances aren’t that innocent, as many drug manufacturers concoct a variety of drugs with different substances.
CBS News reported that mephedrone is the key ingredient of bath salts that have been adulterating ecstasy pills today – and the effects are similar to methamphetamine. When bath salts are involved, brain levels of dopamine and serotonin are increased, and can also cause the body to become overheated just as ecstasy can. With many unknown additives, drug use is incredibly dangerous; if you’re struggling with drug addiction of any kind, recovery is possible. Speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center to learn more about programs that could help you live a happier, healthier life.
Simple Recovery is a world-renowned, California state-licensed substance abuse recovery center. We offer dual diagnosis treatment, so if you are experiencing both substance abuse and symptoms of a mental disorder, call us today at 888-743-0490 so that we can work with you to restore your happiness, health, and well-being. You do not have to continue living this way; there are many people here ready to help you.