Teen Club Drug Abuse is one of the teen substance abuse conditions we treat at Paradigm San Francisco, in addition to a wide range of other teen mental health conditions. Club Drugs are a collective name for a group of psychoactive drugs often used at concerts, parties, night clubs, and bars and usually include:
- LSD (Acid)
- MDMA (or Ecstasy)
One of the dangers of teen club drug abuse is because of the contexts in which it usually takes place, teens often consume the drugs with either alcohol or other substances. This makes teens extremely vulnerable to negative effects, since they have no idea what chemicals they’re mixing and/or what the side effects might be.
Teen Club Drug Abuse Symptoms
The symptoms of club drug abuse differ, according to the particular drug. For instance, Ketamine is a form of anesthesia, used in veterinary clinics. Obviously therefore a very potent substance, Ketamine causes a distortion of the senses, causing teens to feel detached from their current experience as well as their awareness of their own senses. Even at low doses, Ketamine can impair teens’ memory, attention, and learning ability, and at higher doses, the drug can cause delusions, hallucinations, and amnesia. Ketamine can put teens quickly at risk for addiction and/or overdose, as some teens will build up tolerance to the drug, requiring them to take larger amounts, in order to produce the same effect.
GHB is a potent depressant drug that’s prescribed for narcolepsy (a sleep disorder.) In cases of teen GHB abuse, the drug is used for its intoxicating effects and is often taken with alcohol. GHB is sometimes known as a “date rape” drug because it’s difficult to detect and can be used to incapacitate unknowing victims. Some of the dangerous effects of teen GHB abuse include dependency and addiction, as well as negative physical symptoms such, difficulty breathing, seizures, and even coma. Furthermore, because GHB is difficult to detect, it can be difficult to treat, even in cases where teens have overdosed.
Teen Club Drug Abuse Treatment at Paradigm San Francisco
At Paradigm San Francisco, we provide holistic residential treatment for teens struggling with a number of different substance abuse conditions, including teen club drug abuse treatment. Our first step in teen club drug abuse treatment is to ensure teens’ safe withdrawal from the substances. We provide a team of mental health and physical health professionals to monitor this process. Then, our team of therapists work with teens during teen club drug abuse treatment to address all the different aspects of their current drug use behaviors, including underlying emotional stressors which teens might be struggling with; triggers that cause teens to want to use; thought and behavioral patterns; and how the drug abuse has affected relationships. By helping teens to evaluate and process these aspects, therapists are able to help teens to identify positive changes that will support sober living and improved overall well-being.