Video Game Addiction: Is it Real?


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Do you love gaming? A lot of teens and adults alike enjoy gaming. Have you ever stayed up all night playing a game because you just couldn’t stop? I’m sure again that all of us gamers can definitely answer yes to this question.  Have you heard about something called video game addiction? Experts in their respective fields have been debating whether or not video game addiction (VGA) is a real thing.  One thing known for sure is that too much gaming can lead to problems and issues in your life. While the experts continue debating, let’s talk about the issue by looking at what this could mean.

Some of the symptoms listed that could indicate a problem:

Feelings of restlessness and/or irritability when unable to play

Preoccupation with thoughts of previous online activity or anticipation of the next online session

Lying to friends or family members regarding the amount of time spent playing

Isolation from others in order to spend more time gaming


Migraines due to intense concentration or eye strain

Carpal tunnel syndrome caused by the overuse of a controller or computer mouse

Poor personal hygiene

If you game and you are experiencing these symptoms then you might have a problem and should consider gaming a little less. Yes, I just said that. A break will give you a chance to refresh and maybe even give you a new perspective within your game that could help.

If you or someone you know needs help, Youth Outreach is available. Stop by or give us a call at 1.866.538.8023.


Club Drugs Part 5: LSD

Growing up I remember being told not to lick the stamp or envelopes when mailing something because it could be laced with Acid.  At the time I had no idea what mom was talking about but when I got older I understood she was talking about LSD. LSD use goes as far back as the 1940s and 50s. It was really popular in the 1960s and 1970s.

LSD is short for D-lysergic acid diethylamide and is a hallucinogen. A hallucinogen is a drug that causes hallucinations. Users see images, hear sounds and feel sensations that seem very real but do not exist. Some hallucinogens can alter mood and cause changes that aren’t expected or wanted. LSD is also considered a club drug because LSD can be found at dance clubs, raves and other places young people gather.

LSD is sold on the street in small tablets (“microdots”), capsules or gelatin squares (“window panes”). It is sometimes added to absorbent paper, which is then divided into small squares decorated with designs or cartoon characters (“loony toons”).

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LSD also can be known as:


Battery acid



California Sunshine




Golden Dragon

Heavenly Blue


Loony toons

Lucy in the sky with diamonds



Purple Heart



Window pane

Yellow sunshine


Effects can begin anywhere from 30-90 minutes after ingestion. The effects of LSD are unpredictable. They depend on the amount taken, the person’s mood and personality, and the surroundings in which the drug is used. It is a roll of the dice—a racing, distorted high or a severe, paranoid low.

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At the age of 16 I was introduced to a drug that I abused for over three years—LSD. What I was unaware of was the fact that LSD is the most potent hallucinogen known to man.

“The drug came on a small piece of paper no bigger than my index finger, called a blotter. Fifteen minutes after putting the paper on my tongue my entire body got hot and I began to sweat.

“Some other reactions that I experienced while on the drug included dilated pupils, nausea and ‘goose bumps.’ While high on LSD I felt like there was a huge distortion both in my mind and body. The visual changes as well as the extreme changes in mood were like some strange scary trip—one in which I felt like I had no control over my mind and body.” —Edith

If you or someone you know needs help, Youth Outreach is available. Stop by or give us a call at 1.866.538.8023.

Club Drugs Part 4: Ecstasy

Moving along with our series, let’s talk about Ecstasy.  Ecstasy is the common name for MDMA (methylenedioxymethamphetamine) which is a man-made drug that produces energizing effects similar to amphetamines. Besides a stimulant effect Ecstasy also causes a psychedelic effect similar to LSD or Hallucinogens. Ecstasy is very commonly found in night clubs and raves as well as music festivals and concerts because of its effects. Ecstasy is commonly called “Molly” (slang for molecular) refers to the pure crystalline powder form of MDMA, usually sold in capsules. Ecstasy can also be known by other names:


* X, E, or XTC
* Adam
* Beans
* Candy
* Dancing Shoes
* Disco Biscuits
* Doves
* E-bomb
* Egg Rolls
* Happy Pill
* Hug Drug
* Love Drug
* Malcolm (or Malcolm X)
* Scooby Snacks
* Smartees
* Sweets
* Skittles
* Thizz
* Vitamin E or Vitamin X
* Vowels

Most people who use Ecstasy take it in a pill, tablet, or capsule. The pills can be different colors and sometimes have cartoon-like images on them.

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Some people take more than one pill at a time, called “bumping.” According to NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) Ecstasy (MDMA) is being mixed with or replaced by synthetic cathinones, the chemicals in “bath salts.” Some Ecstasy pills, tablets, and capsules have also been found to contain caffeine, dextromethorphan (found in some cough syrups), amphetamines, PCP, or cocaine.

Once Ecstasy is taken it can take approximately 15 minutes to get through the bloodstream and reach the brain. Ecstasy users may become anxious and agitated, become sweaty, have chills, and feel faint and/or dizzy. Other effects including confusion, depression, sleep problems, drug craving, and anxiety can happen days or weeks after use.

If you’re wondering whether or not you can die from using Ecstasy, the answer is yes. When you use Ecstasy the body has trouble controlling body temperature. When you’re in hot settings like dance clubs, or concerts it can cause a sharp rise in body temperature (known as hyperthermia), which can cause liver, kidney, heart failure or even death. For more information about Ecstasy, check out


Don’t Be Afraid to Say No. If you don’t want to try something that’s offered to you, you have a right to say no. Only you know what’s right for you and your friends shouldn’t be making your decisions for you by pushing you to do something. If you hear “everyone’s doing it” don’t believe that one. It may seem that way to you because a majority of your friends are doing these things.

Connect with Your Friends and Avoid Negative Peer Pressure.  What kind of friends are you hanging out with?  If most of your friends that you hang out with are using alcohol and/or drugs, you should consider making new friends. The more you hang out with those that use, the more of a chance you have of getting involved with drugs and not being able to stop.

Make Connections With Your Parents or Other Adults. As you grow up, having a trusted adult you can talk to about everything going on in your life including drug or alcohol use is very important.

Enjoy Life and Do What You Love – Don’t Add Alcohol and Drugs. Find things to do. You can get involved in your community, participate in school clubs or even get a job depending on your age. Don’t let the “I’m bored” become an excuse to get involved with alcohol and/or drugs.

Get Educated About Alcohol and Drugs.  Take the time to learn about alcohol and drugs. Do not rely on information you hear from your friends as they could possibly be wrong.

Plan Ahead. If you’re going out to an event, make a plan on how you will protect yourself. Planning ahead will help you deal with a situation and will help to keep you from becoming a victim.

Get help. If anything happens don’t be afraid to get help. There are plenty of adults that are ready to help you.

If you or someone you know needs help, Youth Outreach is available. Stop by or give us a call at 1.866.538.8023.

Club Drugs Part 3: Ketamine

Next up in our series about Club Drugs is Ketamine. Since the 1970s, Ketamine has been marketed in the United States as an injectable, short-acting anesthetic for use in humans and animals.

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Ketamine is known by many names:





Ketalar SV


Ketanest S


Special K


Super C

Cat Valium


Super acid


Ketamine can be injected, consumed in drinks, snorted, or smoked. Ketamine is mostly self- administered which is sometimes more dangerous then it being slipped into your drink without you knowing. This can lead to a very high risk of overdosing and brain damage. Like GHB and Rohypnol, Ketamine can also cause an amnesia effect so it has also been used as a date-rape drug just not on the level of GHB or Rohypnol. Ketamine is very rarely bought on the street and is usually purchased from someone at raves and similar style parties.

Some side effects of taking Ketamine are:


  • dream-like feeling
  • blurred vision
  • double vision
  • jerky muscle movements
  • dizziness
  • drowsiness
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • loss of appetite
  • sleep problems (insomnia)
  • severe confusion
  • hallucinations
  • unusual thoughts
  • extreme fear

Short-term effects of using Ketamine includes problems with attention, learning, and memory; sedation;  problems speaking; loss of memory; problems moving, to the point of being immobile; raised blood pressure; unconsciousness; slowed breathing that can lead to death.

Continued use of Ketamine could lead to long-term effects such as ulcers and pain in the bladder; kidney problems; stomach pain; depression; poor memory.

If you think that you were a victim to this drug, reach out to someone.  If you or someone you know needs help, Youth Outreach is available. Stop by or give us a call at 1.866.538.8023.

Club Drugs Part 2: Rohypnol

Imagine this scenario: you are at a club or party having the time of your life. Someone comes up and tries to put “the moves on you.” You turn them down and move on, but that person will not leave you alone! You think that they may have put something in your drink but thought nothing of it and drank it anyway. That is all you remember until you wake up hours later. What happened?! Best guess, you were given a roofie. A roofie is the shortened named for the illegal drug Rohypnol. Rohypnol is the brand name for Flunitrazepam, a benzodiazepine drug in the same family of medications as Valium and Xanax. However, unlike these other drugs, Rohypnol has never been approved for any medical use in the United States. It is illegal to manufacture, distribute, or possess Rohypnol in this country. Rohypnol is also known by these other names:

  • Ruffies
  • Roofies
  • Rophies
  • Roches
  • Roaches
  • La Rochas
  • Rope
  • Rib
  • Forget Pill
  • Poor Man’s Quaalude
  • Whiteys
  • Trip-and-Fall
  • Mind Erasers
  • Mexican Valium
  • Lunch Money (referring to the drug’s low street price)

The small white pills look similar to many other prescription medications that are on the market, either in the United States or elsewhere. However, they are easily identifiable because they bear the name of the company which manufactures them on one side. The company’s name is Roche, and it is stamped on one side of the pills. This makes them readily identifiable if the pills are intact.

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Rohypnol is probably the most well-known club drug because of how often it is used on unsuspecting victims. When Rohypnol is dissolved in a drink, you usually can’t see it, smell it, or taste it. Therefore, if you are “dosed,” you probably won’t know that you’re being drugged. Soft drinks, punch, beer, or other alcoholic beverages can all provide the disguise.

This drug puts you in a really dangerous spot, especially if someone dosed you like in the scenario above. It can cause amnesia and because it attacks the central nervous system, it can render your body uncontrollable. The effects can last up to six hours.

Because of the amnesia that can happen, individuals are unable to remember certain events that they experience while under the influence of the drug. This effect is particularly dangerous when Rohypnol is used to aid in the commission of sexual assault; victims may not be able to clearly recall the assault, the assailant, or the events surrounding the assault. If you think that you have been a victim of date rape, it is important to talk to someone.

Protect Yourself

Due to Rohypnol being used as a date rape drug the maker of the drug has changed some of the pills to a green pill with a blue core so it will dye the liquid blue when dropped in a clear drink.  However, when dissolved in darker-colored liquids, the blue dye may not be noticeable. Generic versions of Rohypnol may not contain the blue dye so keep careful watch of your drink.

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Here are some tips to help keep you safe while you are out:

  • Don’t accept drinks from people you don’t know.
  • Don’t drink beverages that you did not open yourself.
  • Don’t share or exchange drinks with anyone.
  • Don’t take a drink from a punch bowl or a container that is being passed around.
  • If possible, bring your own drinks to parties.
  • If someone offers you a drink from the bar at a club or party, accompany the person to the bar to order your drink, watch the drink being poured, and carry the drink yourself.
  • Don’t leave your drink unattended while talking, dancing, using the restroom, or making a phone call.
  • If you realize your drink has been left unattended, discard it.
  • Don’t drink anything that has an unusual taste or appearance (e.g., salty taste, excessive foam, unexplained residue).

If you think that you were a victim to this drug, reach out to someone.  If you or someone you know needs help, Youth Outreach is available. Stop by or give us a call at 1.866.538.8023.