If you’re prone to addiction, you’re likely prone to living passionately. You want to get the most out of life. Perhaps you want to make up for the challenges of childhood or breakthrough the boundaries of living small. In fact, there’s a saying that goes like this: Addicts are very passionate people; they’re just knocking on the wrong door.
If you’re passionate, alive, and full of life, perhaps you enjoy the night life…dancing, drinking, and doing drugs. In fact, there are a certain group of drugs that are known as club drugs because they are often passed around at private parties, dance clubs, concerts, and bars. Yet, if you’re not careful with certain drugs, you might find yourself with an addiction. And you might find yourself with a need to attend a sober living program.
Club drugs, as they are called, have far more severe effects than getting drunk. These include LSD (also known as acid), Methamphetamine (Meth), MDMA (Ecstasy or Molly), GHB, and Ketamine.
LSD: Common in the 60’s, this drug 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.
Drugs used in a way other than how they are prescribed is considered abuse, which can easily lead to irreparable consequences. Finding a sober living community or program to facilitate a break from an addiction is often required once a strong dependency develops.
A sober living program can provide a variety of services to assist in breaking an addiction to club drugs, as well as healing other addictions. The purpose of sober living programs is to assist those looking for sober help, especially those who are ready to create a sober life, free from the cycle of addiction.
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