Sober Living after an Addiction to Club Drugs

Sober Living after an Addiction to Club Drugs | Transcend Recovery Community

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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NY Sober Living News: MDMA Overdoses Led to Electric Zoo Music Festival Deaths

NY Sober Living News: MDMA Overdoses Led to Electric Zoo Music Festival Deaths | Transcend Recovery Community

Every Labor Day weekend since 2009, New York’s Randall Island has been the venue for Electric Zoo, New York’s electronic dance music festival. It’s an event that brings together all genres of electronic music with international DJ’s and singers across four stages.

However, the last day of the event didn’t happen in 2013. That day’s line up was canceled after two people died and four were hospitalized because of an Ecstasy drug overdose. The sponsors of the event as well as the NYC’s Parks Department communicated the following message:

The founders of Electric Zoo send our deepest condolences to the families of the two people who passed away this weekend. Because there is nothing more important to us than our patrons, we have decided in consultation with the New York City Parks Department that there will be no show today.

Ecstasy can be a wild drug, bringing experiences that are hard to find elsewhere. Yet, the drug, like all others, has a dark side – addiction, overdose, and death. Although the drug is common among adolescents, people of all ages are using ecstasy.  Typically, those who are ready to end the use of the drug participate in a NY sober living program. However, some don’t make it that far. NYC sees about 10 overdoses of Ecstasy per year, but the combination of the two deaths and the four hospitalizations fell outside of New York’s drug statistics.

Ecstasy is usually taken orally, in tablet or capsule form, and its effects last 3-6 hours. Once ingested, the drug takes about 15 minutes to enter the bloodstream and reach the brain. In about 45 minutes, an individual will begin to experience a high. The drug produces a significant increase in heart rate, blood pressure, and alertness. Some might lose a sense of time and even experience a change in their perception. However, its consequences, such as confusion, depression, sleep disturbance, and anxiety can continue to be experienced even weeks after using the drug. And some might experience negative consequences right away, such as feeling anxious and agitated. Others might experience sweating, chills, and dizziness. MDMA can be extremely dangerous in high doses.

What makes this drug dangerous is that it’s man-made, a sort of conglomeration of already dangerous ingredients. For instance, caffeine, amphetamines, and PCP can be added to increase its effects. Another danger of using this drug is the risk of hyperthermia. When people are engaging in vigorous activity, such as dancing at a festival for example, the drug can interfere with their ability to regulate temperature. Overheating and hyperthermia can be the result of the drug’s interference with the brain and the body. In this way, with the use of this drug, dancing becomes destructive and harmful to the body.

Furthermore, those that use ecstasy might be at risk for long-term brain damage. This drug has a direct effect on certain chemicals in the brain, which regulate appetite, mood, sexual activity, sleep, and stress. A recent study indicated that exposure to high doses of the drug for 4 days or more produced serious damage in the brain that could still be seen 7 years later.

It’s clear that the drug is dangerous. Anyone who wishes to avoid what happened at NY’s Electronic Music Festival can enter a NY sober living program. It would be the best way to find safety from temptation, use, and dependency on the drug. If anything, a NY sober living program can offer a new perspective on how to fully enjoy life without drugging or drinking.

 

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