Club Drugs Addiction and Rehabilitation

Treatment of Club Drug Abuse and Dependence

Among high school seniors surveyed in 2013, 4% used MDMA, 0.9% used meth, 1.0% used GHB, 1.4% used ketamine, and 0.9% used Rohypnol within the year prior to being surveyed.


There were an estimated 440,000 current users of methamphetamine aged 12 or older, representing 0.2% of the population.


Approximately 9.5% of 8th graders, 20.7% of 10th graders, and 35.1% of 12th graders reported that MDMA was "fairly easy" or "very easy" to obtain.

Club Drugs

What Are Club Drugs?

CClub Drugs are a group of psychoactive drugs that tend to be abused by teens and young adults at bars, nightclubs, raves, concert, and parties. The use of Club Drugs can damage neurons in your brain, impairing your senses, memory, judgement, and coordination. Club Drugs help the user to feel more open and intimate. Although Club Drugs may have the appearance of prescription medications, almost all Club Drugs are made in make shift laboratories. It is nearly impossible to know exactly what chemicals are used in production resulting in the danger level increasing because you will never know how strong they are or what exactly you are taking. Most Club Drugs are odorless and tasteless, making it easy to be slipped this type of drug without your knowledge. Some club drugs are known as “date rape” drugs because the effects produced make someone unable to say no or to fight back against sexual assault. Abusing these drugs can cause serious health problems and sometimes death. They are even more dangerous is combined with Alcohol.

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Club Drug Intervention

If you are suspicious that your loved one may be abusing Club Drugs, an intervention may be necessary. When someone is abusing drugs, especially club drugs, it can be difficult to confront them. Most people who are actively using drugs are going to deny that the have a problem with them and maybe claim that they can stop at any time. They may also believe that their using is not affecting anyone but themselves. Confronting someone who is addicted to Club Drugs can be a dangerous scenario, your loved one may react violently. Even the most well intentioned intervention can turn into a disaster really fast. When you employ the help of a professional interventionist, they will help the family through the process. They are highly educated in addiction behavior and are able to help the family express their feelings without causing the addict to feel attacked.  The interventionist will help the family to set up healthy boundaries with their loved one if they refuse to seek treatment. They also travel with the addict to the treatment center to ensure they go and help get them through the intake process. Interventionist are there to help counsel the families and help them through every step of the recovery process.

If you have a loved one who is addicted to Club Drugs, you do not have to be alone. Seek out the help of an interventionist today. Don’t wait, addiction is deadly.

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Inpatient Club Drug Rehab

An inpatient rehab is recommended because it has the highest rate of sobriety. In inpatient rehab the user is secluded while participating in single and group therapy. Some treatment centers also offer therapy and groups for the family members of the addict. Inpatient treatment or rehab is very structured, only giving the addict as much responsibility as they can handle, eventually stepping down to sober living facilities. By the time they get to sober living they should have the skills to better cope with the stress of everyday life.

Outpatient Club Drug Rehab

While outpatient rehab doesn’t have the highest record of sobriety overall, it does work well with people who are very determined or strong willed. Because it’s less structured in most cases and the addicted lives at home during treatment, there are a lot of a temptations and opportunities for relapse. It’s helpful for those that want to continue to work or attend school while in treatment. It’s important to be honest with yourself about your addiction and your abilities so you give yourself the best chance to get healthy.

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Dangers of Club Drugs

One of major reasons that Club Drug use is so dangerous is that the young adults who are most likely to abuse them remain completely unaware that there are potentially lethal side effects. Since these drugs are mainly produced on the street, they usually contain contaminants used to increase toxicity. Most Club Drug user tend to mix multiple substances together or use them with Alcohol, dramatically increasing the danger level. Some dangers associated with Club Drugs are dehydration, suicidal tendencies, respiratory failure, high blood pressure, impaired ability to move, seizures, strokes, kidney failure, heart failure, psychotic episodes, and death. Club Drug use is also correlated with risky behavior, rape and sexual abuse, delusional thinking, and poor decision making. A single dose of a Club Drug has been known to be fatal in an otherwise healthy young adult.

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Signs and Symptoms

There are a couple different classes of Club Drugs, Stimulant, Sedative, Hallucinogenic. While each class has their own effects, there are common effects produced by all Club Drugs. Some of these are anxiety, panic, depression, euphoria, and loss of memory. Finding things like pacifiers, menthol inhalers, surgical masks, and other items can be an indicators of Club Drug use.

Some effects of Stimulant Club Drug use are increased heart rate, convulsions, extreme rise in body temperature, uncontrollable movement, insomnia, impaired speech, dehydration, high blood pressure, and grinding of the teeth.

Effects of Hallucinogenic and Sedative Club drugs are slowed breathing, decreased heart rate (except LSD), respiratory problems, intoxication, drowsiness, confusion, tremors, and nausea.

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Detox for Club Drugs

Detoxification off of club drugs can be a tricky endeavor. Since the majority of Club Drugs are a combination of many different chemicals and toxins, this means that detox is usually for multiple substances at the same time. Detox is the first step in the recovery process. It is best done in a medical setting because you will be monitored 24/7 in case any complications arise. In any case of drug abuser’s it is necessary to learn new coping skills to deal with the stressors of life and the triggers that may cause them to return to drug use.

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