SUWS of the Carolinas is a therapeutic wilderness treatment center that focuses on short-term, high-impact clinical intervention and therapy for adolescents, ages 10 to 17, who are struggling with club drug abuse.
The Phoenix Program at our wilderness treatment center is designed to help adolescents, ages 13-17, who are struggling with substance abuse issues. It is the goal of the Phoenix Program, with the use of the wilderness and multiple therapeutic approaches, to help encourage effective change in each adolescent that comes through our doors.
What is Teen Club Drug Abuse?
Club drugs are a group of psychoactive substances that are most commonly abused by adolescents and young adults at nightclubs, concerts, and parties. Some of the drugs included in this category are Ecstasy, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB), and Rohypnol. These drugs work on the central nervous system and can cause changes in a teen’s mood, behavior, and level of awareness.
Club drugs are synthesized in makeshift laboratories, which makes it extremely difficult to known exactly what chemicals were used to produce them. This means that users never really know the type, quality, or amount of chemicals that they are putting their bodies. This places a young person at an increased risk for overdose, which may result in respiratory problems, coma, or death. Even the first time using a club drug can result in death.
SUWS of the Carolinas is a leading wilderness treatment center, offering therapy for adolescents and teens who struggle with club drug abuse and behavioral disorders.
Signs of Club Drug Abuse
Right now you may be asking yourself, “is my son or daughter using club drugs?”
It can be difficult to determine if your son or daughter is abusing club drugs, but if he or she is displaying several of the following it may indicate the presence of a club drug abuse problem:
- Unable to sit still
- Acting impulsively
- Seems to be “in their own world”
- Erratic, unpredictable behavior
- Loss of muscle and motor control
- Blurred vision
- Impaired coordination
- Increased heart rate and blood pressure
- Heart or kidney failure
- Breathing problems
- Increased body temperature
- Extreme thirst
- Impaired senses
- Inability to use sound judgment
- Brain damage
- Rapid mood changes
- Increased anxiety
- Increased emotional response
Effects of Club Drug Abuse
There are many harmful effects associated with the use of club drugs. In addition to the possibility of severe health issues, abusing any type of club drug can cause life-long complications. Some of the potential ill effects that can result from club drug abuse include:
- Impaired memory
- Development of chemical hepatitis
- Damaged nerve endings
- Mood swings
- Development of depression or anxiety
- Engagement in aggressive behavior
- Sleep disturbances
- Higher risk for injury to self or others
- Violent behavior
- Higher risk of being the victim of assault
- Development of diabetes
- Heart problems
- Depressed respiration
Types of Treatment Offered at SUWS of the Carolinas
If you discover that your child is abusing club drugs like LSD or ecstasy, it is highly recommended that you seek out professional treatment at a center such as SUWS that specializes in teen drug addiction treatment. If left untreated, the continued use of these drugs can cause extreme difficulties in your child’s life. Therapy is needed in order to help break the cycle of addiction and reduce the potential for the development of more serious consequences.
A wilderness treatment program is one option of care that has shown to be effective in treating children and adolescents who have been abusing club drugs. Within an outdoor program that provides a real-world setting for therapy, teens can find the lasting treatment they need to fully recover from club drug addiction.
At our treatment center, students will be under the constant supervision of experienced mental health professionals, who will provide around-the-clock care during the withdrawal process and throughout the entire course of treatment. Furthermore, when a young person enters our wilderness treatment center, they will undergo a thorough psychiatric and medical evaluation, which will help to identify the presence of any co-occurring mental health disorders that may exist. Once this information is collected an individualized treatment plan can be developed, which will outline treatment methods that will address your child’s specific concerns. Out leading wilderness treatment center provide a wide variety of therapeutic methods that will help your son or child replace negative thought patterns, manage the symptoms of a co-occurring mental health condition, and learn the skills needed to prevent relapse. Finally, our treatment provides family education and support, which will help parents learn to better manage their child’s behavior and help them remain successful once treatment is complete.