Once the hectic work week is over and the pencils have been pushed aside, many people cannot wait to hang out with their friends at local clubs, pubs, and other venues. By one way or another, we all seek a quick escape in our coveted weekend getaways and seek the thrills of dancing, flirting, and partying. Sadly, however, even the happiest situation can take a dark turn. At some point, someone may offer you something that offers a bit more of a kick than you were looking for. Across the United States and the world, partygoers not only consume alcohol but also partake in drugs, often producing disastrous results. Here is a closer look at the reality of party drugs.
What Are Party Drugs?
As the name suggests, party drugs are chemical substances (or mixtures) that are handed out at social gatherings like parties, nightclubs, concerts, and (most notoriously) raves. What makes these drugs particularly terrifying is the fact that you cannot tell what is in them. People can mix large (potentially lethal) quantities of legal and illegal drugs (as well as household chemicals) to make a lethal, poisonous cocktail. For example, to mimic the effects of ecstasy, a person may combine battery acid with drain cleaner, and the recipient will not know what terrible substances they are actually consuming.
More importantly, party drugs are 100% illegal, due in part to the fact that many of them already fall under the category of illicit substances (like heroin).
Researchers from Australia have recognized the following substances as the three most popular categories of party drugs:
- Stimulants: cocaine, amphetamine (speed), methamphetamine (crystal meth)
- Hallucinogens: ecstasy (MDMA, Molly), LSD
- Depressants: GHB (gamma hydroxylbutyrate), marijuana
The Grim Reminder
As with any situation, taking powerful, mind-altering drugs can potentially lead to addiction or habitual drug abuse. Some party drugs are highly addictive (like heroin or crystal meth) and will inflict severe damage on your physical and mental health. Remember, the best precaution against party drugs is simply saying “no.”
Always remember that drugs do not have control over your life. You do. Are you suffering from a substance abuse disorder or addiction? Do you have a friend or family member suffering from one or more of these debilitating illnesses? If you do, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our counselors and healthcare experts are ready to walk you through every step of the detox and withdrawal process and rehabilitation and guide you towards living a happier, healthier, and freer lifestyle. While the road to recovery might not be an easy road to travel, we promise to help you every step of the way. Take the first step to stay fit, healthy, and safe.
The time for you to take back control of your life is now. If you are interested in one of our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how to overcome your drug addiction and substance abuse troubles today.