That’s the thing with any drug that we take – it’s going to have an effect on our mind and body. It’s going to create an effect on us. Of course, some of those effects are quite enjoyable: they can be euphoric, better than any sexual experience. But those wonderful feelings come at a heavy price.
In fact, that heavy price is precisely what keeps most people away from doing club drugs, or any other recreational drugs, for that matter. If there weren’t such significant dangers, then more people might be enjoying these drugs more often.
The following are what are known as Club Drugs because they are frequently found in a dance club setting, bar, or private party.
LSD: Although common in the 60’s, this drug is still widely. It is a hallucinogen, which affects sensory perception and mood. However, its effects once ingested vary upon the amount taken, the environment, and the user’s personality, mood, and expectations. LSD is typically taken by mouth by swallowing a tablet, capsule, liquid, or a blotter paper absorbed with the drug. Its effects include swinging emotions, delusions, hallucinations, and sensations that seem to blend, such as hearing colors or seeing sounds. Although this drug is not considered to be addictive, it is seen as dangerous because of its severe effects on emotions, senses, perception and mental stability.
Methamphetamine (Meth): This drug is a very toxic and addictive substance that can cause severe damage to the brain and central nervous system. Meth can be smoked, snorted, injected, or ingested orally. The high that meth produces includes excited speech, decreased appetite, increased physical activity, and elevated levels of energy. Consequences of meth use include memory loss, aggression, violence, psychotic behavior, and agitation. Meth can also cause irreversible damage to blood vessels in the brain which can lead to strokes. These are only some of the severe health consequences associated with this drug.
MDMA: Also known as Ecstasy, this drug is usually taken orally, in tablet or capsule form, and its effects last 3-6 hours. They are commonly found in clubs, allowing a user to dance for extended periods of time. The drug produces a significant increase in heart rate, blood pressure, and alertness. However, its consequences, such as confusion, depression, sleep disturbance, and anxiety can continued to be experienced even weeks after using the drug. MDMA can be extremely dangerous in high doses.
GHB: Although frequently abused, this drug is actually used to treat narcolepsy, a sleep disorder which causes frequent sleepiness and daytime sleep attacks. It is a depressant that has the positive effects of tranquility, increased sexual drive, and euphoria. Yet, its negative effects on users include nausea, sweating, hallucinations, amnesia; and it can even induce coma. GHB is also known as the “date rape” drug because of its sedative effects and the inability of a user to resist sexual assault.
Ketamine: This is an anesthetic that leads to experiences of dissociation. That is, it produces feelings of distorted perception, detachment from the environment, and a detachment from oneself. Its effects are similar to those of PCP. At a low dose, effects are impaired attention, the development of a learning disability, and memory loss. Higher doses cause dreamlike states, hallucinations, delirium, and amnesia.
These drugs, like any substance, induce an altered state and therefore provide an escape from the tumultuous inner atmosphere that a troubled person might have. Some feelings are hard to bear, without an escape. And if feelings are intense, and particularly if someone feels that he or she cannot express those feelings without being reprimanded, rejected, or hurt in some way, then drugs often become a way to bury those feelings.
If you or someone you know is addicted to one or more of the above drugs, contact a mental health professional today.
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