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Club Drugs

Teens sharing drugs in a club.

The substances commonly taken at raves and dance parties are known as club drugs, designer drugs, or party drugs. Many of them are synthesized specifically as energy boosters for party environments. Unfortunately, teenagers often do not consider the life-threatening consequences of designer drug abuse.

Dangers of Club Drug Abuse

The effects of substance abuse are even more detrimental to teens than they are to adults. Your teen’s brain is still developing, so if they abuse club drugs like LSD, brain damage can occur. Most club drugs are addictive — mentally, physically, or both. And most tragically of all, some teenagers have even died from abusing party drugs.

Distorted view of clubThe detrimental effects of teen drug abuse are especially pronounced in party settings, where drug mixing often takes place. Though club drugs have long since been available to teens, rave culture has contributed significantly to their popularity.

Raves were a mainstay of adolescent life in the 1990s, and they’ve made a tremendous resurgence in the 2010s. Today’s raves contrast with the small, spontaneous basement raves of the ‘90s — they are massive, publicly promoted and can last for days. These parties are known for their loud, pulsating music and flashing lights. Attendees usually spend most of their time dancing and moving — energizing, mind-altering club drugs are taken to enhance this experience.

What Are Designer Drugs and Club Drugs?

Many club drugs are hallucinogens, which can cause visual and audial disturbances. Other party substances can boost sensations of closeness and sensuality, easing any discomfort from the tight confines of a dance floor.

There are several types of designer drugs you should be aware of, many of which are among the most common club drugs among adolescents today:

MDMA (Ecstasy)

These pills cause euphoria that lasts for 3–6 hours and users are compelled to trust and touch everyone they meet. It is frightening to consider the potential consequences for the nearly 6% of high school seniors who have used this drug. While ecstasy abuse may begin in rave situations, some teens develop a compulsion to use more often. It is not unusual for teens to require ecstasy addiction treatment.

LSD (Acid)

This profoundly mind-altering drug impacts the brain, causing intense hallucinations and emotions that do not fit the situation. LSD abuse causes teens to see things that aren’t there.


While “roofies” are most notorious for being rape drugs, some teens intentionally take Rohypnol to for its sedative effects. Studies have shown that teens use Rohypnol and, eventually — through habitual use — dependence and addiction can occur. Because illness can happen if a teen attempts cold-turkey stoppage of Rohypnol, treatment or professional detox may be needed.


The liquid drug gamma-Hydroxybutyrate acid (or GHB) provides a sense of relaxation. As with Rohypnol, teens use GHB as a date rape drug. It impacts some of the same receptors as alcohol, resulting in euphoria, dizziness, and loss of motor control.


Veterinarians use ketamine as an anesthetic during some painful or stressful procedures. The drug’s sedative qualities render it an appealing party drug choice, but it can slow breathing to the point of death. Despite its life-threatening risks, teen ketamine abuse is on the rise.

Methamphetamine (Speed)

This drug, made more famous by the hit show Breaking Bad, can exponentially increase energy. Teens use meth to party and feel as if they have superpowers — using the drug allows teens to stay awake for days on end. Meth is highly addictive, and even one use can invite physical and mental dependence.

Does Your Teen Need Drug Addiction Treatment?

You may be here because your child has been showing drug use symptoms. Whether you believe your teen has been abusing alcohol, traditional drugs or club drugs, treatment may be necessary. The good news is that you do not have to go through this alone — we are here for you.

Teen mixing drugs and alcohol in a club.

At Next Generation Village, teens face their addictions within the serenity of our lakeside Florida campus, which offers stunning pink sunsets over the water and the whisper of palm trees in the gentle Florida breeze. Your child always has access to our experienced team of doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, therapists and mental health professionals.

We have built individualized adolescent drug treatment programs that use both evidence-based and traditional therapies. This model provides your teen with a holistic treatment that addresses the roots of the addiction, not just the behaviors. We pour our minds and hearts into your child’s recovery — we celebrate their victories and help them through their challenges. We are with them every step of the way.

Your child’s journey back to wellness begins with a phone call. Make today the day your family’s lives change — contact Next Generation Village today to start your child on the path to addiction recovery.

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