Legal High Addiction Treatment

'Club drugs' or 'legal highs' are collective terms used in reference to a number of different substances which are typically used by young people in bars, nightclubs, concerts and parties. These drugs can be harmful to the user and heavy use over a period of time can develop into a dependency.

Although there has been a well-documented increase in those needing treatment for the use of club drugs such as ketamine and mephedrone in recent years, club drug users make up only 2% of adults in mainstream drug treatment services.

How does legal high use affect people?

An increasing number of people using these drugs are developing problems with physical and psychological health, finances, relationships, work and other aspects of their life. Although many can stop using legal highs by themselves or with support from those around them, a number of others are unable to do so and are in need of professional help and support.

Types of club drugs

Examples of club drugs, and their alternative names, include:

  • Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) – also known as 'ecstasy', 'XTC', 'X', 'Adam', 'clarity' and 'lover's speed'
  • Gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) – also known as 'grievous bodily harm', 'G', 'liquid ecstasy', 'soap' and 'Georgia home boy'
  • Ketamine – also known as 'special K', 'K', 'vitamin K', 'jet' and 'cat valium'
  • Rohypnol – also known as 'roofies', 'rophies', 'roche' and 'forget-me pill'
  • Methamphetamine – also known as 'speed', 'ice', 'chalk', 'meth', 'crystal', 'crank', 'fire' and 'glass'
  • Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD) – also known as 'acid', 'boomers' and 'yellow sunshines'
  • Mephedrone – also known as, 'meow', 'M-Cat', '4-MMC', '4-methylmethcathinone' and '4-methylephedrone'

Cocaine and cannabis are also recognised as club drugs, alongside ‘legal highs’ and hallucinogens.

Priory has been the leading independent provider of addiction treatment services for many years. Our specialists recognise that although the majority of club drug users do not have significant problems and do not require specialist help, there is  an increasing number of club drug users who are in need of such assistance, but are finding it difficult to locate such a service.

If you are 18 years old and over and want to discuss your drug use, then you can contact us directly to book an assessment appointment. If you are concerned about the drug use of someone close to you and would like to discuss this further, then contact us to arrange an appointment. Evidence shows that with the correct help, those experiencing problems with use of club drugs usually respond better to treatment compared to those with other drug problems.


Treatment for addiction to legal highs and club drugs

If you are aged 18 years or over, regularly use any of the drugs listed above and have concerns over your wellbeing, then you can contact Priory for confidential assistance. Alternatively, it may be that you have concerns over a friend of family member and require help or advice. Every individual that seeks assistance from Priory will benefit from:

  • Professional, specialised, easily accessible and confidential service
  • Consultation about the problem and feedback provided regarding the best way forward, a safer way to use and offer of further treatment options if required
  • Full physical and psychological assessment
  • Effective psychological interventions including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), harm reduction and motivational and relapse prevention interventions
  • Treatment for any associated psychological problems
  • Arrangement for help with medical problems if necessary
  • Prescription of medication to help to stop the use of certain substances
  • Arrangement for a period of residential and medically supported withdrawal (detox) from substances if appropriate
  • Support for family members

For further details on how Priory can provide you with further assistance regarding Legal High Addiction Treatment, please call 0800 840 3219. For professionals looking to make a referral, please click here