Hollywood provides glamour, vibrant living, and access to party drugs. “Party drugs” refer to substances used at raves, music festivals, and clubs. Prevalent in Southern California’s culture, these drugs, like MDMA, GHB, and Ketamine, may seem like casual, fun drugs. In reality, party drugs can be just as addictive as opioids and alcohol. For those in the LGBTQ community, party drugs are a common aspect of social life, often used in safe and inclusive bars, clubs, and festivals. For some, dependency on drugs like Ecstacy can help manage life stress from difficult home lives to prejudice and bigotry. Many in the community may have trouble finding safe party drug addiction rehab or may not believe rehab is necessary.
If you or someone you love in the LGBTQ community is seeking support from a party drug addiction treatment program in Southern California, call La Fuente today at 888.903.9898 to learn more about our programs.
Common Party Drugs
Party drugs encompass a wide range of synthetic drugs with various street names. The most common are:
All three drug classes provide euphoric effects that heighten experiences at raves, clubs, and festivals. MDMA, also known as Ecstacy and Molly, increases dopamine and serotonin levels. Ketamine creates a euphoric feeling of separating from one’s body. GHB can increase libido and cause users to hallucinate. All three drugs have many names, referring to them as types of candy or other innocuous names. In reality, all three can cause health problems and even death.
Do Party Drugs Lead to Addiction?
Any substance that alters brain chemistry can lead to addiction. Drugs like Molly boost chemicals that make a user feel joy and happiness. When these drugs wear off, a user may want to take more right away to maintain feelings of euphoria. While party drugs may seem less addictive than opioids, meth, cocaine, and alcohol, they may be laced with these substances. Party drugs are often made in illegal labs and cut with other addictive drugs to increase efficacy. This also increases the rate of addiction and the risk of overdose.
While the rate of addiction can vary, party drugs can become a social addiction. For those in the LGBTQ community, GHB is increasingly common among gay men used with meth. Both Ketamine and MDMA are typical club and rave drugs taken by many. It may be hard to keep up with an active social life and not imbibe in the party drug culture. While frequent use may not immediately lead to addiction, active social use can. If someone takes a party drug laced with other substances, they can become addicted almost immediately.
Party Drug Addiction Treatment in Southern California
It may seem counter to the culture to seek help for party drugs in Southern California. In reality, many struggle with party drugs without realizing their habit-forming nature. If you or someone you love in the LGBTQ community needs support, La Fuente Hollywood Treatment Center can help. Many members of our staff are in recovery and understand addiction first hand. They can provide tools for navigating a sober social life without giving up vibrant social lives in Southern California. Our staff brings unique personal recovery experiences to group, family, individual therapy, and alumni programs. With programs ranging from inpatient to sober living homes, we can help community members regain control of their lives right here in Hollywood.
Call La Fuente Hollywood Treatment Center Today for Addiction Treatment Programs
Join other members of the LGBTQ community recovering from party drugs today. Call us at 888.903.9898 to get started with party drug addiction rehab or learn more about our other addiction treatment programs.