Protecting Myself from Violence During Raves/Concerts

Contributor: Crystal Karges, MS, RDN, IBCLC Special Projects Coordinator at Eating Disorder Hope/Addiction Hope

When under the influence of drugs or alcohol, people can make choices and decisions that inevitably lead to dangerous and detrimental consequences. In social situations that involve large groups of people, the rampant use of drugs and alcohol can create an environment that is conducive to violence, outbursts, disputes, and more. Places or situations in which this may be observed include raves, concerts, dance clubs, and more.

While it is not these places in and of themselves that promote violence, it is the situation in which large groups are gathered with the combination of exposure to drugs and alcohol. When many individuals under the influence of a substance gather together in a small, confined space, the scenario that may result can be one that produces vehemence and violence.

Staying Aware of Dangers That May Occur

Many of these types of places and events are meant for enjoyment, entertainment, and a way to connect and spend time with others. However, it is important to be aware of the possible situation that can occur if you are gathered with groups of people who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Awareness is the first step in protecting yourself and keep staying safe in an environment that may have the potential to erupt in violence.

Staying Sober

photographer-690700_640One of the first steps you can take to protecting yourself is committing to sobriety during any event that you are planning on attending. Remaining sober ensures that your cognition is not distorted and that you will be able to make rational and positive decisions. Attending events with friends that support sobriety is also an important and practical means of protecting yourself.

Another important aspect is being aware of your surroundings at all times. Be cautious of the people who are around you while you are attending a public event. If you sense that something is not right or you begin to see people having a dispute, remove yourself from the situation as soon as possible. No event attending is worth staying in a situation in which you feel endangered in any way, so trust your intuitition!

Community Discussion – Share your thoughts here!

What unexpected situations have you encountered during raves, concerts, music festivals, club scenes, or other circumstances in which a group of people may be under the influence? How did you protect yourself from such a situation or avoid becoming involving in dangerous circumstances?

Last Updated & Reviewed By: Jacquelyn Ekern, MS, LPC on August 8th, 2015
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