Drugs take you to Hell, disguised as Heaven…
-Donald Lynn Frost
If you’re struggling to overcome an addiction, no one needs to tell you it’s tough – you’re living it. Sometimes you could use a few encouraging words to remind you that you’re not in this alone and that, yes, change really is possible.
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Club drugs are a group of psychoactive drugs. They act on the central nervous system and can cause changes in mood, awareness, and how you act. These drugs are often abused by young adults at all-night dance parties, dance clubs, and bars.
These are the drugs normally classed as club drugs :
Preventing the Abuse of Club Drugs
The likelihood that your child will at some point be surrounded by people drinking or using drugs and will be offered drugs is overwhelming. He must know to expect this, he must expect his peers to ridicule him if he refuses the offer to join in and he must know in his heart that he must walk out of this environment if he is to stay sober. He must truly understand the damage that can occur if drugs are abused, all the way up to and including overdose and addiction. Obviously, this information must be shared very gently in the earlier years, with more specific knowledge being offered when the child is in his teens.
One of the most essential messages to send is that both the child’s parents are united in their opposition to any kind of substance abuse until after the child is 21 years of age. This is an important message whether the family all lives in the same household or not. According to the National Center on Drug Addiction and Substance Abuse, if a person can avoid drinking or using drugs until after they turn 21, they are virtually certain to never have a problem with substance abuse.
Club drugs are seldom the first drug a child abuses. A parent may choose to begin educating a child the problems caused by drug abuse in general, then move on to the primary drugs that youth start with – marijuana, alcohol and prescription drugs, and then explain the specific dangers of club drugs. It is most likely that a young person will run into these drugs at parties, music festivals or dance clubs. But if he or she runs around with older youth who are living risky lifestyles, exposure to these dangerous substances may come earlier.
What if your Child or Loved One is Already Using Club Drugs?
Determine if he (or she) is addicted by checking these points.
Has he or she:
- Tried to quit or promised to quit and then returned to use of more of these drugs?
- Suffered damage to health?
- Been arrested once or more than once for DUI, DWI or drug possession?
- Been arrested for crimes he (or she) committed to get money for these or other drugs?
- Suffered serious damage to family life?
- Suffered severe financial damage or ruin?
- Overdosed or suffered serious adverse effects once or more than once and needed emergency medical help?
- Abandoned goals or educational plans?
- Suffered significant personality changes that could include aggression, paranoia, dishonesty or loss of motivation?
- Created suffering for those around him due to neglect, physical or mental abuse?
- Been seriously affected by club drug abuse in other ways?
- Already been to rehab one or more times and relapsed every time?
When A Person Needs Help
At some time or another, nearly every family will have to deal with the addiction of one of their members. It could be an uncle that seems half-drunk at every family celebration, someone who lost everything to prescription opiate addiction or a loved one who has fallen into a pattern of abusing synthetics or club drugs. It is important to know how to find this person a lasting solution.
The kinds of changes that must occur to recover from addiction include:
- A person must find relief from the incessant, intense cravings that make sobriety difficult or lead to repeated relapses.
- He (or she) must overcome the depression that accompanies addiction.
- He must gain more self-control and recover his clear perception of his world.
- He must also find relief from the guilt that results from addiction.
- He must regain a sense of morals and personal responsibility.
- He must learn the life skills that make it possible to maintain a sober path toward success after he returns to his usual life.
– Chhavi Goel