Ketamine Treatment, Club Drug Addiction Treatment Centers
Man has always been known for his creativity and ingenuity. Unfortunately, some of his creations may not necessarily be for the benefit of mankind as a whole. For example, in the world of chemical dependence and addiction, man has always strived to think of newer and more innovative ways to get the desired effect provided by natural psychoactive substances. That is why there is now a proliferation of illegal drug laboratories all over the world. Their market? The world’s hippest and trendiest clubs catering to today’s youths and young adults who may not have the same values as their forebears. Not to sound pessimistic but the growing prevalence of date rape as well as violent behavior seen among modern clubs is something that can never be taken too lightly. And at the heart of this problem is the proliferation of club drugs or designer drugs.
Like all psychoactive substances, club or designer drugs provide the effects that many of today’s teens, young urban professionals, socialites, and other members of the young generation need to feel happy and forget their problems. It’s all about having a good time. This is the very essence of partying. Unfortunately, the club drugs that they use and abuse can significantly alter their perceptions and cognitive functioning. Because the natural chemistry of the brain is inherently altered, behavioral changes can follow.
There are quite a number of different club drugs. And while it is not surprising to learn that there are more in the making, the four most commonly used and abused club drugs to date include GHB, ecstasy, LSD, and ketamine.
Gamma-hydroxybutyric acid or GHB is considered as one of the most dangerous club drugs. It is one of the most extensively used club drugs because of its intoxicating effects, causing individuals to lose all inhibitions and allowing them to really enjoy the social benefits of the party. Unfortunately, it is also this reason that GHB has been implicated in many cases of date rape and isan obvious choice among sexual predators. The euphoric effects of GHB are short-lived, however. What follows is progressively slow breathing and heartbeat. If this continues, the body will be deprived of the much-needed oxygen. In severe cases, death can ensue.
The active ingredient of ecstasy is methylenedioxymethamphetamine or MDMA, which, like all amphetamines, produce significant euphoria and increased energy. This enables the individual to party all night. Unfortunately, once the initial high has subsided, the individual goes into severe anxiety, irritability, insomnia, and even depression. When combined with alcohol, it can lead to dehydration and the resulting fluid and electrolyte imbalance can result to death.
Although lysergic acid diethylamide or LSD is not entirely new, it remains one of the favorite club drugs because of its psychedelic effects which enhances the overall partying experience. Unfortunately, because of its effects on the individual’s ability to perceive the occurrences in their surroundings, one major issue is the development of acute psychoses which can include paranoia, delusions, and even hallucinations.
Ketamine is a kind of major tranquilizer often used as an adjunct to pre-operative medications. It is often used to initiate and maintain anesthesia. When used in parties, its primary benefit is in its ability to induce a trance-like state in the individual. However, it can cause hallucinations, delusions, confusion, and agitation.
Since one of the major characteristics of club drug addiction is the development of mental or behavioral issues, Sprout Health Group’s experience in managing dual diagnosis can greatly help the individual get help for both, substance addiction and mental health problems. This is crucial because studies have shown the undeniable relationship between organic brain pathology and addiction. This simply means, the mental health problems or behavioral issues that are seen among individuals with addiction are largely attributed to the changes that have occurred in the structure, chemical composition, and functioning of the brain as a direct result of substance abuse.
Sprout Health Group firmly believes that with the right cognitive behavioral therapeutic modality integrated into individual, group, and family counseling sessions, the individual client can learn better ways of having fun in the real world without necessarily using club drugs or even alcohol. Cognitive restructuring and behavioral health modification can also be enhanced further by complementary experiential therapies.