Are Party Drugs Addictive?

Are Party Drugs Addictive?Despite story after story of overdose and life-changing mistakes made while on them, party drugs continue to grow in popularity. Many users believe that these chemicals are safer than hard drugs and are not dangerous if taken occasionally. Unfortunately they are mistaken. Party drugs, like any mind-altering chemicals, have the ability to create deadly dependencies.

What Are Party Drugs?

There are many drugs used in party environments, but when referring specifically to party drugs one is usually talking about the following:

  • Ketamine (aka vitamin K, special K, Ketalar, Cat Valium)
  • MDMA (aka ecstasy, X, XTC, clarity, STP)
  • Amyl Nitrate (aka butryl nitrate, poppers, rush)
  • Methamphetamine (aka meth, crystal, speed, crank, ice)

Like the most popular party drugs of all – alcohol and marijuana – these substances are all extremely dangerous.

Effects of Party Drugs

Generally speaking, party drugs cause intense feelings of pleasure, energy and awareness. Other effects are related to the specific substance and include the following:

  • MDMA is often called the “hug drug” because of its ability to increase feelings of empathy or emotions. Often called a rush, these feelings are psychologically overwhelming; this drug creates an emotionally intense experience that cannot be replicated without the drug.
  • Ketamine, which was designed to be an anesthetic for small animals or children, is a dissociative drug. It causes people to feel a sense of detachment from their body and physical limitations.
  • Amyl nitrate is an inhalant that causes muscle relaxation, elevated pulse rate and feelings of well-being and tranquility.
  • Methamphetamine is a stimulant that provides intense bursts of energy and awareness. Though all of these drugs are highly addictive, meth amphetamine is considered to be one of the most intensely addictive drugs of all.

All of these drugs can cause a person to engage in risky or life-threatening behavior while under their influence.

Risks of Taking Party Drugs

Each of these chemicals presents its own physiological risks. Chemicals that increase or decrease cardiovascular or respiratory functions can have dangerous or even fatal effects. As users develop a tolerance to the drugs, they may take higher and higher doses in order to feel the desired effects.

Overdose can lead to permanent brain damage, coma, chronic nervous system dysfunction, dangerous depression or feelings of invulnerability, heart arrhythmia or death. Because these drugs directly impact the pleasure center of the brain – the same area that is responsible for healthy psychological function – users may find themselves unable to resist a drug’s effects. Psychological dependency is much harder to beat than physical addiction. Users will almost certainly require intensive psychological rehab in order to function without the drugs.

Help with Party Drug Addiction

Recovery from party drug addiction is definitely possible with the right help. The most effective treatment must include a careful diagnosis of all co-occurring mental conditions and a detailed and customized treatment plan for each individual patient. From medically supervised detox all the way through the counseling and reeducation required, successful rehab is a fully-integrated and holistic process. Not all programs are the same, but our specially-trained counselors can help you find the best one for your needs.

Call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline any time and let us help you start down the road to freedom from these drugs. If left untreated they will certainly rob you of all that you once loved about life long before they actually kill you. Don’t sacrifice your future. Call today.