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A Parent’s Guide to Raves and Club Drugs

Young people have lots of energy and crave spending time with their peers. The all-night dance parties known as “raves” feature big crowds, pulsating techno-music, flashing lights, and abundant drugs. These parties draw your kids like moths to a flame. And they most definitely can get burned.

Publicized as having no alcohol, raves typically have rampant drug use. Taking place in old warehouses, large dance clubs, or fields, raves have numerous overdoses and are so crowded it is virtually impossible to maintain security or investigate the crimes that take place. The following are a few things every parent needs to know about raves and club drugs.

Club drugs

Many club drugs are designer drugs and contain amphetamines. They go by street names like X, XTC, Ecstasy, and Lover’s Speed. With these, dancers keep going all night. They can cause death by dehydration, heart or kidney failure. Long-term use results in insomnia, anxiety, depression, and memory loss. Some drugs are taken for hallucinogenic effects. These are known as Special K, Vitamin K, Cat Valium, Acid, and LSD. Users are at high risk due to impaired thinking and poor motor function. Long-term use leads to psychosis and ongoing perception disorder.

Recognize the signs

All club drugs can cause increased anxiety, depression, and memory loss. Drug paraphernalia includes pacifiers, inhalers, and surgical masks. The following are other indicators of possible drug abuse:

  • Slurred speech
  • Teeth grinding
  • Insomnia or daytime drowsiness
  • Involuntary movements
  • Mood swings

Many teens and young adults are addicted to multiple drugs and involved in dangerous behavior that serves to increase their drug use and tighten the grip of addiction.

The knowledgeable and caring professionals at our Transitions Recovery center in South Florida understand successful addiction treatment requires personalized treatment programs that are tailored for the individual. Call our 24/7 hotline to learn more about how we help them overcome their struggles through family counseling, group therapy, and individual therapy.