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Club Drugs And Their Withdrawal Symptoms

Clubbing, in the twenty first century, is largely associated with alcohol and drugs. Youngsters today, who hit the clubs and pubs on a regular basis, require a little something extra which can enhance their experience. Based on research, drugs like methamphetamine or crystal meth, rohypnol, LSD, MDMA, ketamine and GHB are usually classified as club drugs. These drugs are cheaper and easily available, thus making it accessible to the younger generation.

GHB: its effects and withdrawal symptoms

GHB or gamma hydroxybutyric acid is a compound that behaves like a depressant of the central nervous system of your body. On consumption, it would inhibit the functioning of the nervous system and would act like an anaesthetic. The drug is often used by medical professionals to treat some ailments like narcolepsy. It is also used to treat clinical depression; however, excessive use of this drug may lead to addiction. For recreational purposes, this drug is known to bring about a feeling of euphoria and also increases libido.

There have been reports which claim that GHB is relatively safe; however, while the drug itself may be harmless, it does have certain side effects which include severe withdrawal symptoms once you quit. If you have been taking the drug for a while and quit all of a sudden, you’re in for some withdrawal symptoms which are as follows:

Club Drugs And Their Withdrawal Symptoms

Immediate withdrawal symptoms

  • Sleeplessness and insomnia
  • Intermittent and severe tachycardia
  • Moderate nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Anxiety
  • Delirium
  • Confusion and agitation
  • Mild tremors
  • Hypertension
  • Profuse sweating

Long term withdrawal symptoms

  • Severe anxiety and restlessness
  • Confusion, hypertension, delirium, insomnia
  • Hallucinations are common
  • Moderate sweating
  • Tremors
  • Hypertension
  • Severe nausea and also vomiting tendencies
  • Episodic symptoms become all the more evident after about a week or so
  • Intermittent and severe delirium
  • Tachycardia
  • Severe tremors

LSD and its effects

The very popular drug which goes by the name of LSD falls under the category of a hallucinogen and is used by youngsters to bring about the sense of euphoria and “happy high” that such drugs usually promise. Also, LSD brings about a general feeling of well-being, ecstasy and mood changes. However, it must be stated that there is no scientific evidence of LSD leading to severe withdrawal symptoms. Of course, with regular intake of LSD, your body develops a sort of tolerance to it. Once you quit, you would experience symptoms which are similar to that of cocaine and alcohol withdrawal.

Crystal meth: its effects and withdrawal symptoms

Crystal meth, or methamphetamine, is a man-made drug, commonly manufactured in labs. Crystal meth is similar in effect and use to cocaine; although, it is comparatively cheaper and much easier to obtain. The withdrawal symptoms are as follows:

  • Withdrawal symptoms would crop up almost immediately after use.
  • After about 4 to 10 days, the symptoms would peak and this is usually the hardest time.
  • The withdrawal symptoms usually last for a period of about 2 to 3 weeks.
  • You are bound to experience extreme cravings for meth, lethargy, depression, anxiety, agitation, sleeplessness, nervousness and so on. Psychotic symptoms include paranoia and hallucinations which are found in extreme cases.

Rohypnol: its effects and withdrawal symptoms

Belonging to the benzodiazepine group, rohypnol is commonly referred to as roofies or date rape drug. This drug works like an anaesthetic or a powerful sedative and is used as a muscle relaxant. It can also be used to treat seizures and anxiety in their most extreme forms. Regular intake of the drug will not only lead to dependence but will also make it difficult for you to quit. The withdrawal symptoms, which have been discussed below, are severe and can trigger a relapse.

The withdrawal syndrome of Rohypnol strikes in two phases.

The first phase comes immediately after you give up the drug. During this phase, you might experience extreme anxiety; paranoia and panic attacks aren’t all that uncommon either. This is referred to as “rebound anxiety” and is your body’s way of showing that it “needs” the drug. In the second phase, you might experience symptoms similar to that of flu: nausea, agitation, vomiting, irritability, sleeplessness, high blood pressure, palpitations, and weight loss. Seizures might crop up in extreme cases which could prove to be fatal.

Club drugs are all hunky dory, till you have to face the side effects that are a part of the deal. If you or someone you know has been abusing any of the above drugs, professional help is recommended.