Party drugs may seem more benign that other illicit drugs. Their cute street names and prevalence at festivals, raves, and clubs make party drugs seem playful and harmless. Unfortunately, like any addictive substance, synthetic party drugs can be dangerous, habit-forming, and even deadly. Knowing who is at risk for party drug abuse can help you or someone you love know when it’s time to seek party drug rehab.
Who is at risk for party drugs? If you or someone you love in the community are at risk for party drug addiction, you are not alone. La Fuente Hollywood Treatment Center provides inclusive LGBTQ party drug rehab in California. Call us now 888.903.9898 to learn more about party drug risks and treatment options.
What Are Party Drugs?
“Party drugs” is a common name for several popular synthetic drugs with multiple street names. MDMA, Ketamine, and GHB are the most commonly taken party drugs. Often combined with other drugs and alcohol, the high from these drugs create euphoric effects, enhancing raves, clubs, and festivals. These drugs speed up messages from the brain to the body, alter perception, and increase dopamine levels. There are three common types of party drugs:
- MDMA, also called molly, or ecstasy raises dopamine levels for a quick and powerful high.
- Ketamine causes out-of-body experiences, hallucinations, and intense euphoria.
- GHB is often combined with meth to increase libido and heighten sexual experiences
Party drugs often have street names associated with candy, making them seem playful and safe. Unfortunately, anyone can develop an addiction to party drugs.
Who Is At Risk for Party Drug Addiction?
Addiction can affect anyone at any time in their life. Party drugs can be just as addictive as other substances. Risk factors for party drugs include:
- Mood disorders like depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder
- Unprocessed and untreated trauma
- Prolonged stress
- Chronic pain, illness, or injury
- Strained or broken relationships
- History of substance abuse
- Family history of substance abuse or addiction
For many, party drugs can provide an escape from physical, mental, and psychological pain. For those with a co-occurring disorder like depression, OCD, or ADHD, party drugs are even more addictive. While they may temporarily relieve symptoms of trauma, pain, and mood disorders, when party drugs wear off symptoms return and worsen.
Because party drugs release dopamine, it’s easy for the brain to crave more. This is called the dopamine “reward effect.” Trauma, stress, and genetic factors can also increase someone’s risk of developing a party drug addiction. Because everyone’s experience of addiction is different, some may quickly develop a substance use disorder while others may be able to take party drugs more casually.
Start LGBTQ Party Drug Rehab in California Today
Party drug abuse and addiction are common. Unfortunately, most people (especially in the LGBTQ community) are at risk for party drug abuse. If you or someone you love in the LGBTQ community is struggling, our team is here to help. Our dual diagnosis residential and outpatient party drug rehab provides the community with:
- Medically assisted detox
- Residential treatment
- Partial hospitalization program
- Intensive outpatient program
- Sober living programs
- Alumni program
- Individual therapy
- Group therapy
- Relapse prevention planning
Our staff supports clients throughout every stage of recovery, rebuilding the community together. At La Fuente, we know the LGBTQ community is stronger together. That’s why we provide comprehensive, leading-edge treatment for Southern California residents.
Who Might Take Party Drugs?
If you’re worried you or someone you love is at risk for party drug abuse, don’t wait. Call our team now to learn more about the risk factors for party drug addiction. Reach our staff now at 888.903.9898 to learn more and start treatment in Hollywood, CA today.