Club drugs are psychoactive drugs that tend to be abused by teens and young adults at bars, nightclubs, concerts, and parties. Some club drugs include gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB), Rohypnol, and MDMA (ecstasy). Almost all club drugs are illegal to possess, and those that are used in medicine are illegal to abuse. All of these drugs can be harmful and even dangerous to take, especially in a social setting.
What Are Common Club Drugs and How Do Club Drugs Affect the Body?
We have compiled a list of some of the more popular club drugs. This list does not include all of the possible new synthetic drugs, designer drugs, or club drugs, but it can give you a small idea of how varied and dangerous these drugs can be.
GHB and Rohypnol are popular club drugs primarily because they affect the central nervous system, which results in sedation, sleep, muscle relaxation, and reduced anxiety. Unfortunately, both drugs are odorless, colorless and tasteless, which make 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.
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.
MDMA (also known as “ecstasy”) is a synthetic, mind-altering drug that acts both as a stimulant and a hallucinogen. It can increase heart rate and blood pressure, but also leads 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 Do People Use Club Drugs?
People usually take drugs to feel good, despite the consequences. Often, people who seek sensations or want to experiment with feeling high may abuse these drugs. Also, people who want to self-medicate some problems or even feel relief from any underlying mental health conditions may abuse club drugs, especially if they are coping with stress, trauma, and symptoms of mental health disorders.
Many people who use club drugs are teens and young adults, 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 at 310-774-2043. Our admissions coordinators are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you have about treating any type of substance use disorder, so seek their help now to promote long-term recovery.