“Club drugs” refer to a variety of drugs that people commonly use at nightclubs, concerts, parties, and bars to aid with their partying. They typically refer to stimulants to help people stay awake and extra alert, as well as depressants that cause them to feel ultra-relaxed.
Many club drugs are psychoactive. This means that they alter the state of the brain, which causes mood and perception changes.
The most common club drugs include:
Back in the ’80s, club drugs became more popular, largely because of “raves” that were being held for the youth. A rave is a party or gathering where attendees dance and celebrate music, but oftentimes they included various club drugs available for those who want to get high.
Some drugs were mixed in bowls, where kids just took random pills. They didn’t have a clue as to what they were taking, which was quite dangerous. Other drugs were dissolved in drinks, and some were being sold by drug dealers.
Not all club drugs are addictive, but there are typically drugs at parties that are quite addictive, such as cocaine or methamphetamine.
Ketamine – A psychoactive drug that causes you to feel outside of reality. It was used for years in raves at a high dose, causing users to feel out of touch with reality and perhaps even hallucinate. However, according to WebMD, today doctors are working with it in small doses to try to treat depression. It’s not clinically approved for depression treatment just yet, but research continues.
LSD – LSD is typically taken by mouth on a wafer that has tiny crystals of the drug-infused onto it. Once someone ingests the wafer, they start experiencing hallucinations within an hour. LSD can be addictive, and tolerance levels can be met fast. Ultimately, this means you need more of the drug to get the same effects. Those that use LSD may describe their experience as a “trip”, some good and some quite terrifying.
MDMA (Ecstasy) – This drug is a popular club drug, causing users to feel ecstasy and hallucinations. At the same time, it can cause harm to the kidneys, cause blood pressure to increase, and negatively affect cognition. MDMA can be addictive.
Rohypnol – This drug is better known as the “date rape” drug. It’s a benzodiazepine that’s 7-10 times more powerful than Valium. Predators dissolve the drug in a drink and the unsuspecting victim drinks it and then becomes overly relaxed. The drug makes them lose cognitive function and they are likely to have little to no memory of the sexual assault.
Methamphetamine – This drug is a stimulant that affects the central nervous system, causing ultra-alertness and a rush of intense euphoria. It’s a Schedule II illegal drug that’s quite addictive. The “high” doesn’t last very long, causing users to tend to binge on the drug. Some users will continue using the drug to avoid feeling the “crash”, using it for days on end without sleeping or eating. This is quite dangerous.
If you or a loved one has become addicted to a club drug, or any other type of drug, addiction recovery treatment is available. You do not have to struggle with addiction any longer or keep trying to quit using drugs on your own.
The first step in treating club drug addiction is to undergo a detox process. Here at Into Action Recovery Society, we have substance abuse professionals that are able to monitor and assist you with the detox stage around the clock. We help you create a customized treatment plan for addiction recovery, as well as address any other issues you may be dealing with.
We offer various phases of treatment to help you beat addiction and build a strong recovery foundation.
You can begin at the “First Stage Residential Program” for club drug addiction treatment. This is a 60-day program for men struggling with alcohol or drug addiction. The atmosphere feels like home. It’s safe, comfortable, and staffed with caring, compassionate professionals.
Once you complete the first stage program, you have the option to attend the “Second Stage Transitional Program”. This gives you an additional 30 days to continue to gain recovery strength and skills. Here, you will have structure and accountably, which can be quite helpful in solidifying a rock-solid recovery foundation. If you have a job or attend school, you can leave the premises to attend and then come back afterward.
For those that finish the Second Stage Program and aren’t quite ready to go home, we offer a Third Stage –a Long-Term Sober Living option for those who require housing long-term. This is a great way to apply what you learn, and continue to have a secure space to navigate your life. There is less structure in this program, so you can increasingly get used to your new life of sobriety before heading back home.
Each program includes healing modalities to help you grow, heal, and thrive, including:
We are committed to helping you get free from addiction to club drugs and create a wonderful life. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us today. We have a professional, compassionate staff that will be able to walk you through our recovery process, as well as answer your questions.
You deserve a life free from the grip of addiction. Take your first step toward that kind of life today.