Club drugs or legal highs is a collective term used in reference to a number of different substances which are typically used by young people in bars and nightclubs, at 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 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.
Examples of club drugs – with a number of 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, Forget-me Pill
- Methamphetamine – also known as Speed, Ice, Chalk, Meth, Crystal, Crank, Fire and Glass
- Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD) – also known as or Acid, Boomers, 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.
The 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 however an increasing number of club drug users who are in need of such assistance, but are finding it difficult to find 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 and regularly use any of the drugs listed above and have concerns over your wellbeing then contact the 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 the 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, motivational and relapse prevention interventions
- Treatment for any associated psychological problems
- Arrangement for help with medical problems if necessary
- Prescription of medications to help stop use of certain substances
- Arrangement for a period of residential and medically supported withdrawal (detox) from substances if appropriate
- Support for family members