Club Drugs

The loud music, thumping bass and the flashing lights of the club scene have had much to with the increase use of drugs that developed to enhance the night club experience for many people around the world. There are many different club drugs that are readily available and easy to find. While they promise enlightenment and extra sensory feelings, the truth is that they also deliver addiction, and potentially dangerous side effects that can be fatal.

What are Club Drugs?

The most common club drug has to be Ecstasy. This is the street name for the designer drug MDMA that was introduced into the club scene and at raves during the late 1980’s and early 90’s. The chemical makeup of MDMA is similar to the stimulant effect of amphetamines as well as having hallucinogenic qualities similar to mescaline.
Most people take MDMA or Ecstasy in a tablet form and the effect last for between 3 to 6 hours. The side effects however can be present in your life for weeks afterwards. Just one tablet of Ecstasy can lead to severe depression and anxiety in the week following consumption.


This is a relatively new drug on the scene, and is commonly known as one of the ‘date rape’ drugs. GHB is out of the body in less than four hours of stopping taking it, and there are no detection tests for the drug, making it nearly impossible to detect at the hospital emergency room. GHB is used predominantly in the male gay community although it is making its way into the mainstream clubbing scene.


There is only one fact you need to know about Ketamine. It is indicated for veterinary use as a tranquilizer. Horses take Ketamine – when people abuse this drug the results are disastrous.

Other drugs in the club scene are Rohypnol, Methamphetamine and LSD

Get Real About Raves

Club drugs have developed a certain cachet over the years; the marketing has elevated them to a status above other illegal drugs like cocaine and heroin, which are commonly known as street drugs. This is the danger to adolescents and young people searching for fun and freedom.

​​How do I know if I am addicted to Ecstasy and other Club Drugs?

While Ecstasy is not a physically addictive drug, the side effects can be potentially fatal and lead to addiction and depression.

The most common signs of an Ecstasy addiction are:

  • Nausea
  • Depression
  • Dehydration
  • Increased heart rate blood pressure

If you exhibit any of these symptoms or you know someone who is abusing club drugs, then you need to seek help and find a treatment program for addiction.

Action Against Addiction – Where To Get Help

It can be hard to stop your social cycle of raves and parties, especially when club drugs are so easy to get hold of. A Center For Recovery has a number of specialized treatment centers and rehabs who deal specifically with the problem of club drugs and the vicious cycle that they pull you into. If you know that a loved one is abusing club drugs, then we are able to give you the information that you need for finding the best treatment program.

Understanding the reasons for your addiction and how to effectively fight the urges of your addiction is fundamental to maintaining long term sobriety and is a crucial aspect of any kind of alcohol and drug treatment programs. A Center For Recovery is a valuable resource for friends and family looking for answers and advice on substance abuse, drug and alcohol treatment programs and ​addiction treatment centers​ by state: Call us on (800) 444-1014.​

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