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Teen Club Drug Abuse Treatment

Overview of Teen Club Drug Abuse

The term “club drug” refers to psychoactive drugs that are often distributed and used at social settings such as night-clubs, parties, concerts, and bars.  A few of the commonly abused club drugs among teens include:


Rohypnol has similar effects to depressants such as Valium or Xanax, and is categorized as a Sedative-hypnotic drug.  Rohypnol is not a legally approved medical substance in the United States and can have particularly harmful effects, when combined with other substances, such as other depressants or alcohol.  Along these lines, one of the dangers of club drugs is that they’re so often taken in contexts in which teens may not know what substances they’re combining and/or the effects thereof.

GHB is also a depressant drug, prescribed for sleep disorder such as narcolepsy.  As a club drug, teens use it to get its intoxicating, drunk-like effect.  Because GHB is often used recreationally in excessive amounts that intensify the intended effects, it can be so strong as to incapacitate people.  Because of this and the fact that the drug is difficult to detect (such as by taste or appearance), it is sometimes known as the “date rape” drug, for its use in targeting victims.  GHB is extremely addictive and when combined with other substances, can create extreme results, such as difficulty breathing, seizures, and coma.

Ketamine is a drug usually used in veterinary practice, for anesthetic purposes and not intended for human ingestion.  When used as a club drug, Ketamine can have strong intoxicating effects and also distorts senses, such as teens’ sight and hearing.  When Ketamine is taken in high doses, it can also cause hallucinogenic effects.

Teen Club Drug Abuse Treatment

Teen club drug abuse treatment begins with careful assistance and supervision as teens withdrawal from the substances.  Because many club drugs are difficult to detect, therapists and health professionals take careful precautions throughout this process.  Following this, treatment involves a number of mental, emotional, and behavioral aspects, in which teens are supported to address and work through all the different connections between their thoughts, feelings, stressors, and behaviors.  Therapists also want to also help teens recognize and address connections between behaviors and consequences, including the detriment club drug abuse can often cause in teens’ health, attitudes, academic status, relationships, and family dynamics.  Ultimately, therapists want to help teens get to a place where they are engaging in processing the underlying stressors present in their lives, so that they can not only discontinue drug abuse, but furthermore, learn to meet their own needs and struggles in more productive, healthy ways, moving forward.

Paradigm Austin

Paradigm Austin is a residential teen treatment center located in Austin.  Paradigm Austin provides treatment for a wide range of mental health and substance abuse conditions, including club drug abuse.  By approaching teen club drug abuse treatment holistically and individually, Paradigm Austin creates teen club drug abuse treatment plans that are expertly tailored to support teens in all aspects of their lives.