What Everyone’s Raving About (Club Drugs)

Club drugs are a category of recreational drugs which are associated with discothèques in the 1970s, and dance clubs and raves from the 1980s to the present day. Differing from other drug categories, which are established according to their pharmacological properties, club drugs are a “category of convenience”, which includes the popular MDMA (“ecstasy”), the lesser known 2C-B, inhalants, stimulants, and hallucinogens. All-night party-goers use these drugs for their stimulating or psychedelic properties, to enhance the overall experience.

MDMA can be a danger to personal health and sometimes lethal. MDMA can have many of the same physical effects as other stimulants such as cocaine and amphetamines, which include increases in heart rate and blood pressure and other symptoms such as muscle tension, involuntary teeth clenching and gnashing, nausea and vomiting, blurry vision, fainting, and chills or sweating.

The effects of stimulant (cocaine, methamphetamine) consumption include increased energy, sleeplessness, appetite abatement, excessive talking and paranoia, plus constriction of blood vessels, dilation of the pupils, and increased body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure. They can also cause headaches and gastrointestinal problems such as abdominal pain and nausea. As stimulants tend to decrease appetite, chronic users can become malnourished as well.

Hallucinations and other effects of hallucinogenic drugs include changes in the perception of distances, relative scale, color and time, as well as a slowing of the visual system’s ability to update what the user is seeing. At high doses sounds can be out of sync with the user’s visual field. Colors can also turn to sound and sound into color.

For many “club drug” users, recreational use of these substances can lead to addiction and dependence. Journey to Wellness offers addiction treatment services that will help affected people escape the addiction trap and return to happy and fulfilling lives.