What is Club Drug Abuse?
Club drugs are a newer class of drugs that were initiated during the rave phenomenon and are popular among teenagers and young adults. Many of these club drugs are also known as designer drugs because they are synthetic or man-made, as opposed to naturally occurring.
Club drugs can be extremely dangerous resulting in aggressive behaviors, lowered inhibitions, short-term amnesia and even death in some cases. Ecstasy, 4-hydroxybutanoic acid (GHB), ketamine, rohypnol, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), and methamphetamines are all commonly abused club drugs.
Contrary to popular belief, club drugs can be addictive and withdrawal side effects can occur. Any time a reliance on the drugs is present or there’s a preoccupation with using the drugs, addiction is likely.
Warning Signs & Risks
After the immediate pleasurable effects have worn off, individuals will begin to experience unwanted side effects that can be extremely dangerous. Depressive episodes may last for at least two weeks in duration and are characterized by the following symptoms:
- Mood swings
- Violence and aggressive behavior
- Irregular sleep patterns
- Loss of coordination
Club drug use and addiction can be exceptionally dangerous. That’s why it’s so important to speak to someone today. Reach out to one of our professional consultants and find peace and wholeness again.
Symptoms of Acute Intoxication with Club Drugs
In general, the overall effects of club drugs are the same. However, there are some differences among the specific club drugs, and some have more severe side effects than others. Ecstasy, 4-hydroxybutanoic acid (GHB), ketamine, rohypnol, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), and methamphetamines are all commonly abused club drugs and their acute effects are listed below:
- Distortions of perceptions, particularly light, music and touch
- Artificial feelings of empathy and emotional warmth
- Increased body temperature
- Increased blood pressure
- Increased heart rate
- Lowered inhibitions
- Increased energy
- Increased sexual arousal
- Feelings of detachment from the environment or oneself
Club Drug Abuse Treatment
As part of our whole-person treatment approach, our professionals always consider the underlying reasons for club drug usage. If there’s a co-occurring condition (such as depression or anxiety) or co-occurring abuse of another substance, the treatment plan is developed accordingly.
If needed, a pharmacological approach will be developed to help ease any unpleasant symptoms making it easier for deep-rooted causes to be addressed. Psychotherapeutic treatment may include cognitive behavioral therapy, family support, intensive group and individual counseling, nutritional guidance, and education. All of it is customized to suit the specific needs and diagnosis of the individual for optimum outcomes.
We’re Here For You
If you or someone you know is struggling, we’re here for you. Discovery Mood and Anxiety Program specializes in treatment for mental health, substance abuse, and dual diagnoses, by creating unique programs to help every individual find their way to recovery. For more information, resources, or to consult with one of our specialists, call 714.828.0808.