Club Drug Addiction Treatment
One club you do not want to join
In the early 1980s, a booming underground rave and club scene generated a demand for designer drugs that is still increasing till this day. If you or someone you love has developed an addiction to ecstasy, GHB, ketamine or LSD, you have fallen prey to club drugs, and possibly been subjected to many adverse side effects that can hinder your judgment and ability to perform everyday tasks.
Club drugs are a pharmacologically heterogeneous group of psychoactive drugs that has brought with it changing trends in the recreational use of drugs in teens and young adults, who comprise the majority of these substances’ users.
These drugs essentially engage receptors in the brain that cause the distortion of the users’ perception by influencing their sense of sight and sound, causing them to disassociate from reality and even themselves. They evoke characteristic feelings of euphoria alongside nausea, dizziness and memory loss. Abuse may lead to depression, irritability, insomnia and anxiety. Some users report symptoms of dependence and withdrawal effects. Very high doses can lead to sleep, coma and death. The effects, however, are largely dose-dependent.
Sovereign Health Group is a residential rehabilitation treatment company for substance abuse, mental health disorders and dual diagnosis. Our expert staff provides our patients with cutting-edge treatment programming and a full continuum of therapeutic care monitored by various licensed health professionals.
Some popular club drugs are:
Perhaps the most commonly known drug on this list, Ecstasy, also known as E, X, molly or thizz, is a relatively new drug belonging to the empathogen class. Its active ingredient methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) creates feelings of euphoria, increased empathy, hyperactivity and reduced social anxiety. However, abuse may lead to depression, irritability, insomnia and anxiety. When combined with depressants such as alcohol, dehydration can occur, causing someone to pass out. Other consequence can include:
- Effects lasting for three to six hours
- Increases the chances of dehydration, hypertension, heart or kidney failure, and increased body temperature, which can lead to death
- Long-term effects include confusion, depression, sleep problems, anxiety, paranoia and memory loss
GHB, or gamma-hydroxybutyric acid, is a central nervous system depressant, most commonly used as an intoxicant and aphrodisiac. Known as Liquid E, Liquid X or fantasy, GHB’s effects are similar to that of ecstasy and alcohol, engendering feelings of euphoria and lowered inhibitions as well as nausea, dizziness, memory loss, unconsciousness and death. Since GHB is naturally occurring in the body, it is very easy to develop a tolerance, exacerbating the risk of overdose and death. Combined with the fact that GHB can be simply created with easily accessible chemicals, it is arguably the most dangerous drug on this list.
- Effects may last up to four hours, depending on the dose
- Slows breathing and heart rates to dangerous levels
- Possesses sedative and euphoric effects that begin 10 to 20 minutes after ingestion
- Consumption with alcohol increases potential for harm
- Overdose can occur quickly, may result in death
Ketamine, or Special K, is a veterinary tranquilizer with sedative properties. Classified as a dissociative agent, it puts its users in a trance-like state with analgesic (painkilling) and amnesic properties. Normally treated for hypotension, ketamine increases heart rate and blood pressure although it does not affect breathing. It produces psychedelic effects such as hallucinations and synesthesia (a neurological condition where multiple senses “overlap” from a single input) as well as anxiety and paranoia.
- Results in impaired attention, learning and memory function
- In larger doses, it may cause delirium, amnesia, impaired motor function, high blood pressure, and depression
LSD is a hallucinogen that causes distortions in sensory perception, usually taken by mouth in tablets or capsules. More often than not, it is sold on LSD saturated blotter paper.
- Effects are often unpredictable and may vary depending on the dose, environment and the user
- Causes dilated pupils, higher body temperature, increased heart rate and blood pressure
- User experiences sweating, dry mouth and tremors
- Can cause numbness, weakness and nausea
- Long-term effects may include persistent psychosis and hallucinogenic persisting perception disorder, commonly known as “flashbacks.”
Treatment with Sovereign
Detox treatment for club drugs, particularly GHB, can take a long period of time and complexities can arise as their withdrawal symptoms are not as apparent as other mainstream drugs. Our treatment programs are carefully tailored to each patient’s unique case so that our team of highly trained professionals can provide the highest level of care possible.
The safest way is detox in a supervised and safe environment to combat the physical addiction. Since most club drugs are also psychologically addictive, individuals typically require intensive outpatient or residential addiction treatment that includes counseling, therapy, support groups and education regarding dependence on the drugs.
The most effective treatments for drug abuse and addiction are cognitive behavioral interventions that are designed to help modify the patients’ thinking, expectancies and behaviors alongside increasing their skills in coping with life’s stressors. Drug abuse recovery support groups may be effective in combination with behavioral interventions to support a long-term, drug-free recovery.