An individual’s relationship with club drugs will depend on their environment, specific drug, and genetics. Here at Maui Recovery, we understand that both psychological and physical addiction to club drugs will require long-term treatment. Fortunately, we have the tools, expertise, and support to help the individual and their family through the process.
What are Club Drugs?
Club drugs are a group of psychoactive drugs. These drugs act on the central nervous system and change mood, behavior, and awareness. Young adults commonly use club drugs at public venues such as concerts, nightclubs, and bars. However, many people may not realize what drugs are considered a “club drug” because of the ever-changing nicknames.
The most used club drugs are :
Club drugs will have different symptoms depending on the person, the specific drug taken if any ingredients are different, and the amount they have consumed. The following symptoms tend to appear anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes after the drug has been in the body.
- Changes in heart rate
- Changes in blood pressure
- Nausea and vomiting
- Loss of muscle control
- Extreme feelings of thirst
*Extreme symptoms can include seizures and coma.
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Hallucinogens can blur a person’s sense of reality, making it hard to tell what’s real from what’s not. These drugs can distort thoughts and emotions. In severe cases, they can cause aggressive behavior due to perceived threats. Often, those under their influence may have gaps in memory about their experiences.
Stimulants are unpredictable, often containing unknown ingredients. They can make users feel exhilarated and fearless, giving them a sense that they’re invincible and can achieve anything. However, this false sense of empowerment can lead to risky behaviors and potentially dangerous situations.
Depressants slow down the body’s functions and the messages between the brain and the body. While they can induce feelings of relaxation and calmness, reducing physical and psychological tension, they are not without risks. Regular use can lead to dependency and adverse effects like lethargy, impaired judgment, and respiratory issues. When depressants are mixed with stimulants, it can create a dangerous push-and-pull effect on the body. This combination can strain the heart and other vital organs, as they receive conflicting signals to both speed up and slow down simultaneously.
Club Drug Issues in the United States
The director of the National Institute of Drug Abuse reported an increase in the use of club drugs when it came to people who were older than 12 years of age. For example, in 1999, the reported use of club drugs was 5.1 million, and in 2000, the number reported went up to 6.5 million.
In a study by Arria, A.M., G.S. Yacoubian, E. Fost, and E.D. Wish regarding ecstasy (a popular club drug) use in raves, it was found that 89% of rave attendees reported using ecstasy at least once, and nearly 50% reported use within the past month. This study also found that current ecstasy users were more likely than nonusers and past users to have smoked marijuana and snorted powder cocaine within the past 12 months.