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Club Drug Intervention

A club drug intervention can be one of the most difficult to undertake when being compared to interventions that are related to various other types of drugs; this is because a person who has become addicted to club drugs will often have the perception that this is not a serious substance abuse problem, because they may only use these drugs when they are out partying. Through the process of conducting a club drug intervention, loved ones will be given a unique opportunity to be able to communicate to the addict how dangerous this class of drugs can ultimately be; thus, motivating the person with an addiction to club drugs towards the professional treatment that they need.

Below is a list of the various different types of Club Drugs:

Ecstasy (MDMA) -This club drug is also known by a number of street names, which include "Adam," X," "E," and the "Hug Drug."; ecstasy is classified as an amphetamine, but has also been reported to contain hallucinogenic properties. Ecstasy is usually ingested in either capsule or tablet form, and the stimulant effects of MDMA (ecstasy) have been reported to be able to last for up to 8 hours; thus, repeated use of this club drug can allow a user to stay up for days.

Ecstasy has commonly been reported to lower inhibitions in the user and to also create a state of deep relaxation. Ecstasy is most commonly used by teenagers and young adults so that they can continue to dance through the night at rave parties. The teen gathering spots are usually filled with wall to wall people, dancing all night, in a hot building; these types of conditions serve to increase the toxic effects of ecstasy, and can further lead to hyperthermia, seizures, dehydration, kidney or heart failure, and many other serious conditions that could result in death. For this reason alone, a club drug intervention that is related to ecstasy should be held sooner, rather than later.

GHB (Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate)-This particular club drug has been banned by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). GHB is reported to have a number of street names which may include, but are not limited to "Fantasy," "Georgia Home Boy," "Grievous Bodily Harm," and "G." GHB use has been reported to act as a central nervous system depressant that may initially create a state of euphoria; conversely, it has also been reported to promote a deep state of relaxation, in relation to the sedative effects of this club drug. Many ecstasy users will also take GHB in order to try to counteract becoming over stimulated as the result of their MDMA use. The most serious side effects of GHB include depressing breathing and heart rate, which can occur at seriously dangerous levels. GHB overdoses can happen very quickly, and have been reported to lead to seizures, coma, and death; thus, staging a club drug intervention that is related to GHB use, could potentially save the users life.

Ketamine- This club drug was originally marketed to be used as a short-acting anesthetic for both animals and humans; ketamine has a number of street names, including "Horse Tranquilizer," "Vitamin K," and "Cat Valium." Ketamine is a club drug that offers a number of hallucinatory effects; unfortunately, it has been reported that teens and young adults will commonly combine this club drug with alcohol. This combination has been reported to oftentimes be deadly, as many people will proceed to go into a deep sleep, which creates the risk of choking on their own vomit; thus, a club drug intervention that is related to ketamine, could be the thing that keeps the user from such a tragic type of an experience.

Rohypnol (Flunitrazepam)-This club drug was originally marketed as an anesthetic to be given prior to surgery and has been banned in the U.S. Rohypnol is commonly known by various slang names which include "Roofies," Forget-me Pill," "Ropies," or "Mexican Valium." This drug has been reported to be used by criminals in order to commit date rape; Rohypnol is the perfect choice for such a feat, as the drug has been reported to be able to render people helpless and to cause them to be in a type of a "fog", so they will not be able to have clear memories about what has actually taken place.

A club drug intervention is absolutely essential in the case of Rohypnol users, as it could potentially save their life, as many individuals who are using these types of drugs are truly unaware of the extreme dangers that they pose; thus, causing them to be in a deep state of denial. Many of these individuals will remain in this state, unless they receive a much needed wake-up call; this can occur through being incarcerated or through experiencing a life-threatening overdose, or it could take place with the addict being surrounded by loved ones in a compassionate setting.

Planning a Club Drug Intervention

Whether a club drug intervention is hosted by a professional intervention specialist or is led by a respected family member of the addict, careful planning is necessary when a loved one with a substance abuse problem is going to be intervened upon. The first step consists of determining which loved ones will actually be present at the club drug intervention; the individuals who are chosen should be people who maintain close ties with the addict, and who have had the opportunity to directly observe behaviors that were related to the substance abuse problem. Each of the people on the intervention team should be told that an effective intervention is strictly a loving and supportive process, and that resentment and anger are not to be projected onto the person with the substance abuse problem. If it is not possible for a significant loved one to be present at the club drug intervention for any reason, their letter can be read by another person in attendance.

A meeting should be held prior to the actual club drug intervention, in order for the group to select a quality drug rehab program for the addict to attend; additionally, a bed at the drug treatment center should be reserved for them, so that they can go directly to the substance abuse treatment facility immediately upon the conclusion of the meeting. The intervention team should also take care of all matters that are related to drug treatment, including taking care of the payment arrangements with the drug rehab center and booking all of the necessary travel arrangements. The pre-intervention is when loved ones should brainstorm in order come up with workable solutions to any of the objections that an addict may pose that may delay their going to treatment. The leader of the intervention team should discuss some of the details that are related to the club drug intervention, such as seating, parking arrangements, and letting each person know when they should read their letter.

When the club drug intervention has concluded, if the person with the substance abuse problem refuses to accept the professional help that is being extended to them, each person in attendance should clearly communicate the consequences that will be related to this decision; at this point, the members of the intervention team should unite and stick to their bottoms lines. All of this is done out of love for the addict, in the hopes of making them uncomfortable enough to accept the drug treatment that they so desperately need.