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Club Drugs

MDMA, methamphetamine, hallucinogenic mushrooms, and GHB are destroying the lives of countless people, all in an effort to have an altered perception, an escape from reality, or a fun night out. Club drugs are dangerous and those abusing them need treatment to stop.

The term, “club drugs” is used to explain the substances that are generally abused to enhance a musical experience. The pairing of live performances and the use of psychedelic substances started in the 1920s.

The trend moved from jazz paired with cocaine and bootleg liquor onto blues music paired with heroin and whiskey in the 1950s, then hard rock music with LSD, marijuana, and wine in the 60s and 70s, and onto techno or electronic trance music paired with MDMA (also called ecstasy), methamphetamine, hallucinogens, and GHB in the 2000s. While each drug creates different effects, the reason for use is consistent: to alter perception.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) conducted a study called Monitoring the Future to measure drug abuse among adolescents and teenagers. In 2006, NIDA reported that 9% of all teens had used MDMA, 8% had used methamphetamine, and 5% had used ketamine, all without a medical reason need for any drug. The percentages may not seem alarming, but with over 20 million adolescents and teenagers in the United States alone, a lot of young people are experimenting with these dangerous club drugs.

Club drugs are addictive. Tissue dependence, in which the body believes that a substance is needed for functioning, plus psychological dependence, in which the brain believes that a substance is needed for functioning, can develop quickly and then constantly create a desire to use a club drug again.

Consequently, club drugs produce various side effects, which can be extremely damaging. MDMA, or ecstasy, for example, is one of the most brain cell destroying drugs available. And, although not common knowledge to those who may abuse it, GHB can instantly kill its user.

Since an individual’s reaction to a club drug depends upon his or her chemical makeup, which we cannot know or predict, drug experimentation is extremely dangerous. If not fatal, the repeated use of club drugs will eventually cause irreversible damage. Decision-making is also negatively impacted with the use of club drugs, putting users in danger of physical injuries and high-risk sexual activity.

As with any other dangerous substance (cocaine, alcohol, heroin, prescription drugs used without a prescription), the risks apply to everyone who uses them, and can happen differently for each user. Since each version of a mind-altering substance is different, there is minimal scientific information on the true effects and impact club drugs are having on the human brain.

Club drugs continue to have a presence in the social music scene, and are accepted, because of one commonality: the enhancement of the club experience. The demographic of club drug users are generally late-teen and early-twenties, energetic and optimistic young adults, who want to have a good time. The potential consequences of their actions are not taken into consideration; the desired experience outweighs any potential risk.

In an effort to enjoy the night, young people are risking instant death, the loss of countless brain cells, and long-term mental and emotional impairment.

The cycle of club drug abuse and dependence (or addiction) can be broken. The team at Recovery Now TV knows how to help you, or someone you love, break the cycle and choose a substance-free life. Call 800-281-4731 now to find out more!


“I had no inhibitions. I mean it was like whatever sexual compromise or, you know, touching or conversation that I would have normally had boundaries for, I didn’t when I took ecstasy.” - quote from a 28-year-old MDMA user.

3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine, abbreviated MDMA, is more commonly known as ecstasy, X, E, or Molly. This combination of chemicals, usually in pill or powder form, is either swallowed, snorted, or injected by its users to achieve the euphoric effect, referred to as “rolling.”

NIDA reports that, in 2006, 6.5% of all high school seniors in the United States had used MDMA, and 1.3% were abusing it on at least a monthly basis. Further, in a 2012 study, 26.7% of all people over the age of 12 in the U.S., disclosed to having used ecstasy at least once. With a population of over 313 million, around 83 million people have used this mind-altering drug.

MDMA creates what seems like positive feelings: empathy for others, elimination of anxiety, and extreme relaxation. However, with the high also comes increased heart rate and respiration, excess energy, possible fainting, chills, hyperactivity, dehydration (often to life-threatening levels), tightening of the muscles leading to spasms, clenching of the jaw and teeth, blurred vision, nausea, headaches, impaired memory, and a high likelihood of seizure, stroke, heart failure, coma, and death.

MDMA use may feel good in the moment, as serotonin is released and happiness ensues, but the drug is destroying the user’s brain. Mood is affected for days, and even weeks, after MDMA use, leaving the person feeling depressed, hopeless, paranoid, and anxious. In an effort to feel better, MDMA becomes the easiest way, and is, therefore, psychologically addictive.

Clinical studies show that the body does not become physically addicted to, or dependent upon, MDMA as quickly as it does with heroin, cocaine, or alcohol, but mental and emotional dependence and addiction can happen almost immediately. As the mind craves the joyful euphoria, and more MDMA is used more often, the higher the chance of psychological and physical dependence occurring together. The cycle is then much more difficult to break as use has progressed to abuse and addiction.

The progression of MDMA use to these dangerous points require intervention and treatment to stop. Recovery Now TV offers a comprehensive program that addresses all aspects of abuse and addiction. Our highly trained team of professionals are standing by, so call now: 800-281-4731.


An estimated 8% of all U.S. teenagers have used methamphetamine at least once, and 13.9% of all Americans over the age of 12 had tried this highly-addictive, mind-altering drug.

Methamphetamine is a central nervous system stimulant, meaning it creates the feeling of heightened energy and mood. The effects are false, and temporary, and leave a user feeling empty, depressed, and in need of another high.

NIDA reports that, in 2006, 6.5% of all high school seniors in the United States had used MDMA, and 1.3% were abusing it on at least a monthly basis. Further, in a 2012 study, 26.7% of all people over the age of 12 in the U.S., disclosed to having used ecstasy at least once. With a population of over 313 million, around 83 million people have used this mind-altering drug.

Methamphetamine, more commonly known as crystal meth, is one of the most addictive drugs available. The substance, purchased in powder form, is smoked, snorted, or injected intravenously to achieve the high that lasts for four to six hours.

Sometimes referred to as “the poor man’s cocaine.” methamphetamine is less expensive and more readily available than other stimulants, like cocaine. These qualities are very attractive to those who find themselves addicted to meth, in need of the drug immediately. Since its chemistry can be created by virtually anyone, meth labs have been found in every area of the United States, increasing the presence of the drug and the rates of addiction.

Due to the drug’s effect on the human body, addiction to methamphetamine happens quickly. The drug’s chemistry mimics the brain’s own release of the neurotransmitters: norepinephrine, epinephrine, and dopamine. In what is referred to as “tweaking,” brain chemistry is altered and a meth user feels indestructible. When the positive effects wear off, a meth abuser or addict feels completely devastated. The brain is unable to produce neurotransmitters naturally, it begins to rely on the drug for functioning, and the cycle is extremely difficult to break because meth seems like the only way to ever feel good again.

There is a way out of the trap of methamphetamine addiction. The team at Recovery Now TV successfully pairs each addict with treatment that will get to the root of addiction and replace unhealthy coping skills with tools and techniques for a drug free life.

Recovery begins with a phone call to Recovery Now TV: 800-281-4731.

Hallucinogenic Mushrooms

Abusing hallucinogenic mushrooms can lead to chronic mental health impairment, long-term psychosis, and even clinically-diagnosable insanity.

Psilocybin, more commonly known as hallucinogenic mushrooms (or ‘shrooms), became prevalent in the late 1960s and have reemerged as a popular club drug. With a chemical composition similar to man-made LSD, psilocybin creates a psychedelic effect within the human brain.

As a result, people have been using hallucinogenic mushrooms as an escape from reality for decades. By eating a dried version of these wild mushrooms, a user can experience an entirely different, seemingly real, world for three to six hours.

While it is difficult to track the use of hallucinogenic mushrooms, NIDA estimates that, in 2008, approximately 7.8% of all high school seniors in the United States had used psilocybin at least once.

Hallucinogenic mushrooms contain psilocybin that creates the euphorically altered reality, referred to as "tripping". A "trip" takes the user through various emotions, reported as increased feelings of confidence, periods of fear, incredible visceral sensations, changes in sight, sound, taste, and touch, and an overall altered state of consciousness.

When the brain’s natural neurotransmitters are disrupted, a whole host of effects can also occur. While some may feel only positive effects during a trip, many mushroom trips turn bad. Intense nausea, an inability to discern fantasy from reality, panic, paranoia, and psychosis, along with long-term effects like unpredictable flashbacks and ongoing psychiatric instability, are regularly reported by those who have abuse psilocybin. Chronic, irreversible psychosis, mental health, and even clinically-diagnosable insanity are all possible with regular hallucinogenic abuse.

While the traditional definition of addiction does not completely apply to progressive mushroom abuse, a gripping psychological addiction can certainly take over a mushroom abuser’s life.

When a desired escape from reality is in a constant effort to run from unpleasant real-life emotions, a psychological dependence and addiction has occurred. As mushrooms successfully take the user completely away from a painful reality, the desire to return to this mental and emotional place grows stronger and becomes the only perceived way to deal with difficult emotions.

This cycle is addiction and Recovery Now TV is here to help you break that cycle. Call us today to get the proper treatment: 800-281-4731.


GHB is often dissolved into a water bottle to be snuck into live events or festivals undetected. The liquid can then be swallowed as is, or with the addition of alcohol.

Gamma hydroxybutyrate, abbreviated GHB, is a quick-acting central nervous system depressant. As opposed to a stimulant that increases energy, a depressant slows down functioning.

NIDA suggests that the main abusers of GHB are high school students. Use among young people seems to be greater in smaller and more rural towns when compared to those living in major metropolitan areas.

GHB was originally sold in health food stores, labeled as a "natural" and safe dietary supplement. Eventually the dangerous effects of GHB were discovered and the Food and Drug Administration changed regulations and the classification of GHB to a Schedule I controlled substance.

GHB is dangerous and deadly. Those who abuse GHB experience depression, hallucinations, delusions, vomiting, amnesia, coma, seizures, difficulty breathing, brain damage, and even death. The risk increases exponentially when GHB is mixed with other mind-altering substances. The combination of GHB and methamphetamine raises the risk of seizure. When consumed with alcohol, users can experience nausea, extreme difficulty breathing, and heart failure.

When taken in more concentrated and larger doses, GHB causes inebriation, like when alcohol is consumed in excess. This is where the desire to use GHB as a club drug originates. The drug has reportedly been used as a date rape drug to incapacitate women.

Indicated by the presence of withdrawal symptoms when use stops, GHB is both physically and psychologically addictive. The body and brain begin to rely on GHB’s chemical composition for physical and mental functioning, so the desire to use becomes more powerful, and the ability to stop using is greatly impaired.

The highly-trained staff at Recovery Now TV is ready to assist you in breaking the cycle of GHB addiction. Call 800-281-4731 now to start the process!

Treatment for Club Drug Abuse & Addiction

“One of the reasons you came into recovery was to get away from your old life. Being in the recovery program must be something that you want and desire; and once you start desiring it, it sets a fire in your heart and in your mind and you start being more productive and being more aware of how your life was and how beautiful your life can be.” - quote from a 46-year-old recovering club drug addict.

Drug abuse and addiction are progressive in nature, meaning they get worse the longer substances are used. Intervention and formal treatment are needed to stop the progression. Although all hope may seem lost when club drugs, alcohol, and high-risk behaviors have taken over a loved one’s life, there is a way to break the cycle of addiction.

A willingness to change, or at least to commit to treatment, is the first, and most difficult, step toward recovery and a new life without mind-altering substances. From there, addiction professionals will use various therapeutic modalities to help each addict identify reasons for initial drug use. With tools, techniques, and new coping skills without the use of substances, a prior addict learns how to navigate life without the need to escape, numb out, or self-medicate.

By calling the team at Recovery Now TV, you can find the best combinations of detoxification and treatment for your unique set of therapeutic needs.

Recovery Now TV is here for you. Call now at 800-281-4731!

National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA)
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