Bath salts are water-soluble, inorganic substances added to bath water to mimic the medical value obtained by bathing in mineral-rich hot springs. Many bath salts, however, contain the ingredient mephedrone, which, when consumed, acts as a stimulant and produces an effect close to that produced by abuse of cocaine. You can have the effects of bath salt use treated through residential rehabilitation programs. Mephedrone, the active ingredient in bath salts, has withdrawal symptoms similar to those of amphetamine. The symptoms include insomnia, increased blood pressure, loss of appetite and paranoia. Bath salt addictions may lead to cardiac diseases such as palpitations, shortness of breath, chest pain or heart attack. An overdose can lead to acute psychosis, and the patient may become suicidal. Residential bath salt rehabilitation programs offer 24-hour medical treatment that effectively treats the long-term and short-term effects of bath salt addiction.