There has been a huge rise in the number of people that are frequenting clubs or taking to partying at home but these are by far harmless galas. Recent surveys have indicated that there is an increase in the number of people that are taking party drugs. With club drug abuse on the rise is letting your kids out of the house even wise?
Even in the countries where drug abuse may be declining, there are more people being treated for complications and addictions to drugs such as ecstasy and GHB. These numbers far surpass the numbers of just five or six years ago. Even more alarming, most of these people are under the age of 18.
It is estimated 1 million people used club drugs last year. With numbers like these the need for treatment services is sure to rise. These drugs are very dangerous and often result in psychosis in addition to bodily harm.
Club Drug Abuse Isn’t Just For The Older Teens
The typical club drug user is under the age of 18 but there are also a growing number of club drug users that are often ‘highly educated, have jobs and are socially functional’ according to the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse.
According to the experts the most commonly treated club drug for the over 18 crowds is still Ecstasy but only half of the people that were seeking professional treatment a half a decade ago are doing so now. The numbers of people that are using mephedrone – known as ‘meow meow’ and ketamine have increased significantly.
According to addiction psychiatrist Dr Adam Winstock, : ‘There are lots of people who don’t go clubbing and still take drugs. They are people who wouldn’t necessarily run into problems if drugs like mephedrone and ketamine hadn’t been around.’
With A Little Help, We Can Get Kids Off Drugs Before It’s Too Late
A special class of addiction and treatment programs exists for club drugs addiction. Treatments are very similar to other drug treatments but include more education delivered. This is because these drugs are most often used in a social setting and give users a sense of belonging and social acceptance.
Teens and college students have a strong psychological connection with these drugs because they are considered to be “good time” drugs and they are very cheap. This makes treatment more difficult but those who are committed and do seek treatment have a very high chance at complete recovery.