looking after yourself and others
Most drugs distort personal boundaries. Sometimes you feel out of
control, hassled and disconnected and make decisions you wouldn’t if straight.
It may be
useful to ask yourself or friends: ‘am I OK with this person in my space?’ ‘Do I
feel OK on this and/or in this club?’ (It’s OK to go home if you’re too out of
it). ‘Is it safe to go home with this person?’ ‘What are the possible
If you are spinning out, panicky or out of breath, find a space away from the
lights and music and relax, especially with friends – this can help restore some
Keep positive and relax, focus on bringing your breathing back to a steady
rate (lean forward and rest your elbows/forearms on a table or your knees. Then
breathe slow and low – your lower stomach should move out as you breathe in. Let
your breath go to breathe out – don’t force it). If smoking, stop for a while to
increase your oxygen supply. If possible, go outside with a friend for fresh air
and to cool down.
Rescuing friends and taking them into a more chilled head-space can be
Check in with friends if leaving by yourself or with a stranger. As well as
providing a reality check, it saves others wasting time later trying to find you
in the crowd.
If you’re being hassled at a club and have difficulty getting some freak out
of your face, remember the bouncers are there to help.
Remember to sip water (600ml per hour) and chill out frequently. If friends
have been going hard on the dance floor they may not realise how hot or
dehydrated they’re getting. Encouraging them into the chill room will give
them time out, and can be a chance to connect on the same vibe.
If you are concerned about your own or someone else's drug use,
CADS now on 09-845 1818 or www.cads.org.nz