Club Drugs Addiction
What Are Club Drugs?
The term “club drugs” refers to drugs that are well known for being available in places like nightclubs. Such drugs are typically taken to enhance the party experience, as they can boost energy, create a feeling of intense euphoria, and even produce bizarre hallucinations.
The Many Faces of Club Drugs
There are numerous types of drugs that can be found in clubs and at parties, but certain substances tend to be especially common. The following are just a few of the most popular and ubiquitous club drugs, as well as some of the nicknames for each:¹
- a.k.a. E, X, Molly (powdered)
- a.k.a. K, special K, super K
- a.k.a. Acid, tabs, boomers
- a.k.a. Crank, ice, speed, crystal
- a.k.a. Roofies, rophies, forget me pill
- a.k.a. Liquid ecstasy, liquid X, everclear
Other substances that are sometimes taken at nightclubs include methylphenidate (Ritalin), ephedrine, and piperazines (BZP, TFMPP).
Drugs like rohypnol and GHB are central nervous system depressants, which, unfortunately, makes them popular for “date rape drug” purposes. These are often slipped secretly into a drink, rendering the victim unable to defend against sexual assault.
The Physiological Effects of Club Drugs on the Brain and Body
Depending upon which type of drug a person takes in a club or party environment, the physical and mental effects can vary drastically. Take a look at a few of the effects that the drugs mentioned above can have on the brain and body:
- Relaxed euphoria
- Distorted or intensified senses
- Teeth grinding
- Strong sense of detachment
- Intense hallucinations
- Pupil dilation
- Shaking, sweating
- Long-lasting euphoria
- Dramatic increase in energy
- Increased heart rate
- Severe drowsiness
- Memory loss, amnesia
- Inability to fight off sexual assault
- Hypnotic euphoria
- Uninhibited behavior
- Memory problems
Most of these drugs are intended to produce a pleasurable experience that artificially heightens a person’s enjoyment of things like music, dancing, and sex.
How People Become Addicted to Club Drugs
Because there are so many different drugs in this category, there is not one mechanism by which people become addicted. Speaking generally, taking club drugs regularly and/or in large amounts alters the chemistry of the person’s brain, causing a physiological dependence that requires regular use to prevent sickness from withdrawal.
The power of peer pressure cannot be underestimated in a club environment. These kinds of drugs are often shared socially and characterized as harmless, short-term fun. Unfortunately, once a chemical addiction takes hold, the effects are anything but temporary.
Signs and Symptoms of a Club Drug Addiction
When a person becomes addicted to one or more of these club drugs, various distressing, noticeable symptoms can develop. The following are a few key physical symptoms and behavioral changes that should serve as red flags:³
- Heart palpitations
- Paranoia, hallucinations
- Declining liver function
- Tooth damage
- Increasingly impulsive behavior
- Reduced sensation during sex, declining sex drive
- Aggressive or irritable behavior
- Memory and focus problems
- Tremors, seizures
- Skin scratches and sores
If you notice any of these symptoms in yourself or a loved one, get in contact with a professional treatment program right away.
Withdrawal Can Be Distressing—and Dangerous
When a person becomes addicted to a club drug and continues to take more and more, the withdrawal symptoms often become increasingly severe. The experience is extremely unpleasant, and some of the physical effects can even be life-threatening.
Possible symptoms of withdrawal from various club drugs include the following:
- Tremors, seizures
- Nausea and vomiting
- Violent mood swings
- Paranoia, delusions
- Distressing hallucinations, nightmares
- Extreme chills, dangerously high fevers
- Rapid or irregular heartbeat
- Depression, suicidal thoughts
Club Drug Addiction Treatment: Why Is Professional Help Important?
While the idea of entering a professional drug rehab program can be stressful for some people, it is one of the best ways to safely and efficiently detox and recover from a destructive club drug addiction. Club drug detox and withdrawal aren’t just a few hours of discomfort, as they might appear in movies and on TV; real-world drug withdrawal is a serious medical undertaking that requires specialized care and constant monitoring to ensure the person’s health and safety.
In a professional treatment center environment, individuals have an opportunity to focus on their own physical and mental needs with help from compassionate, experienced medical providers and addiction recovery specialists. Most rehab facilities offer both inpatient and outpatient services, as well as a number of different therapies and counseling strategies to suit individuals’ varied treatment needs.
Residential treatment programs typically include a detox period, which is ideal for those who are still chemically dependent upon one or more substances. Outpatient treatment may be used as an ongoing treatment for those who have completed a residential program, or for those who do not require club drug detox. Residential programs tend to have strict rules regarding staying on-site and not contacting people outside the facility. This is to give clients privacy and space to work on themselves.
Drug treatment centers often also provide a variety of aftercare resources so that clients can continue to support their recovery even after they complete their club drug addiction rehab program. These resources may include things like job search assistance, sober living housing opportunities, etc.
Addicted to Club Drugs? There’s Hope at Yellowstone Recovery
Yellowstone Recovery in Southern California is dedicated to providing understanding, expert care and treatment for anyone dealing with an addiction to club drugs. We’ve been helping people find hope in recovery for years, and we succeed because we understand the nature of the disease. Every day, our professional staff strives to provide effective, successful residential and outpatient programs with evidence-based counseling techniques and a strong basis in the science of addiction.
Your story doesn’t end here. Call us today at (888) 941-9048 to learn how we can help you write the next beautiful chapter.
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