While their name may sound innocent or even exciting, party drugs are some of the most dangerous misused substances. These psychoactive drugs are especially problematic among younger people looking to party and are often found in the club scene and other settings, like raves or even private high school or college parties.
When most experts talk about drug addiction, they focus on what are thought to be harder substances, like cocaine, meth or opiates. Don’t let the name deceive you, however. Party drug use can become habitual and lead to a serious substance use disorder.
The term “party drugs” includes a wide variety of hallucinogens, stimulants and psychoactive substances sold and used at clubs or parties. Because this form of drug use is rampant in these venues, this has earned these substances the nickname “club drugs” or “party drugs.”
Party drugs are used to enhance a party or club-goer’s experience. However, most of these substances have far-reaching consequences, especially when used regularly.
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There is no all-inclusive list of club drugs that covers everything people may encounter at parties or clubs. However, there are a few that are more common than others. Here are some of the top examples of club drugs:
Also called “E” or “molly,” ecstasy is one of the most common party drugs out there. This drug causes feelings of extreme happiness and low inhibition that can drive users into compromising situations. Other serious risks include paranoia, hallucinations and even seizures.
While ketamine is actually an anesthetic used at veterinary clinics, party-goers use this drug to trigger out-of-body experiences. Because it can cause amnesia and immobilization, it’s also one of the more common date rape drugs.
Acid, or lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), has been one of the more popular rave drugs for decades. Often printed onto a strip of material, LSD use can cause a racing heart, trembling and hallucinations. Overdosing on LSD can lead to severe psychosis that puts individuals at risk of harming themselves or others.
While synthetic marijuana mimics the effects of cannabis, its unpredictability could pose more of a danger than its natural counterpart. Using this drug can lead to psychosis and also cause dependence and addiction.
Phencyclidine is a dissociative drug more commonly called PCP or angel dust. Individuals take PCP for its mind-altering effects, often going into a trance-like state. However, overdosing on PCP can cause hallucinations as well as seizures, coma or even death.
How do you know when your partying has become a problem and it’s time to seek treatment? Club drugs have literal mind-altering side effects. Plus, the longer you use these drugs, the more you put yourself at risk for long-term and life-threatening consequences. That’s why it’s vital that you seek help as soon as you notice that your drug use has become a problem.
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