According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), club drugs are psychoactive drugs that tend to be abused by teens and young adults at bars, nightclubs, concerts and parties. Some club drugs are gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB), Rohypnol and MDMA (ecstasy), and each of these drugs is dangerous. If you know someone who abuses these drugs, she may do so for unique reasons, but she needs professional help as soon as possible to recover and stay alive.
Effects of Club Drugs
GHB and Rohypnol are popular club drugs primarily because they depress the central nervous system, which results in sedation, sleep, muscle relaxation and reduced anxiety. Unfortunately, both drugs are odorless, colorless and tasteless, which makes them easy to combine with alcohol and other beverages. Both drugs have been used to commit sexual assault because they can sedate and incapacitate unsuspecting victims. According to NIDA, repeated use of GHB may lead to insomnia, anxiety, tremors and sweating during detox, especially if other drugs and alcohol are involved. Additionally, Rohypnol can produce tolerance, physical dependence and addiction, so they are quite dangerous.
Ecstasy is a synthetic, mind-altering drug that acts both as a stimulant and a hallucinogen. It can increase heart rate and blood pressure while also leading to tremors, muscle cramps, nausea, faintness, chills, sweating and blurred vision. People who use ecstasy are at risk of dehydration, which interferes with the body’s ability to regulate its temperature. This can put you at risk for dangerous, sometimes fatal, overheating, especially in the brain.
Why People Abuse Club Drugs
NIDA indicates that people usually take drugs to feel good. This means that people who seek sensations or want to experiment with feeling high may abuse these drugs. Also, people who want to self-medicate some problems may abuse club drugs, especially if they are coping with stress, trauma and symptoms of mental disorders. Many people who use club drugs are teens and individuals in their 20’s, and they use these drugs at bars, nightclubs, concerts and parties. Young people who want to feel less inhibited and more social may take a club drug.
Regardless of the specific reason for which someone abuses club drugs, these drugs are dangerous, not only in the effects that they cause but also in their withdrawal symptoms. Therefore, it is important to get professional help if you or someone you know abuses these substances.
Help for Club Drug Abuse
Abusing club drugs can cause both physical and psychological damage. If you or someone you know abuses club drugs, please call our toll-free helpline today. Our admissions coordinators are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you have about treating club drug abuse, so seek their help now to promote long-term recovery.