What is GHB?
GHB, or Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate, is a drug recreationally used at parties or in the club scene, mostly by teenagers and young adults. This central nervous system depressant is commonly referred to as a ‘date rape drug’ for its sleep-inducing characteristic. Actually, the drug was approved for pharmaceutical use for its sleep-inducing characteristics, being prescribed to people with narcolepsy. Contrary to popular belief, GHB addiction is probable with frequent use. Examining the risk for GHB addiction may help our youth to steer clear from this debilitating substance.
What are the Effects of GHB?
Along with inducing sleep, the drug is recreationally taken for its euphoric effects. GHB matches components produced naturally in the brain, properly used by the body to get proper rest and help to regulate moods. Also, GHB can enhance a person’s sex drive. Because of its capability to increase sex drive and induce sleep, the drug is commonly used as a date rape drug, placed into drinks while victims aren’t aware. Sexual assault victims that have been given GHB are unable to resist while high on the substance, some even reporting amnesia, providing the assaulter with everything they wanted.
Preventing GHB’s Date Rape Use
Every individual should be aware of GHB’s capabilities and existence so that sexual assaulters are not handed what they want on a nightly basis. GHB has no odor and no color, so it is hard to detect. It is sold in both powder and liquid forms, making it easy to place into drinks without any surrounding awareness. The one distinguishing characteristic that GHB has is a soapy taste. If you take a sip of a drink at a party or in a club and it tastes soapy, leave right away and alert authorities. Additionally, to further prevent date rape from occurring, never take a drink from a stranger. Instead, order or pour your drinks yourself…always.
For those that use GHB personally for the effects, frequent use can lead to addiction. Since GHB is a nervous system depressant, much like alcohol, tolerance is raised with repeated use. Once a person has to take more of GHB to feel the effects, dependence slowly creeps in. Eventually, when a person that is dependent on GHB hasn’t used in awhile, withdrawal symptoms set in. These withdrawal symptoms have been cited to be terrifying, causing a lot of pain and aggravation. For those who try to detox themselves, alcohol and benzos are commonly used to reduce or manage pain from withdrawal symptoms. But, mixing GHB with other substances raises the risk for health problems and death. There are medicines that can help with GHB withdrawal symptoms, but they should only be administered under proper medical care during medical detox for the best results and for optimal safety.
Treatment for GHB Addiction
GHB addiction is hard to treat since there is not a lot of treatment options that have been discovered for club drugs since they are fairly new in the addiction realm. There are a few drugs that are known to help with withdrawal symptoms, but they are all prescription medications available only to those enrolled in medical detox facilities and rehabilitation programs. Medical detox provides a safe and nurturing environment for those struggling with GHB addiction to detox. Detoxing from home can be stressful and uncomfortable. Also, having provided medical attention means that if any complications are to happen, a medical professional will be standing by to help. If you are in need of medical detox for GHB addiction, help is available through All About Recovery.
After detox, it is suggested that those struggling with GHB addiction be provided with additional treatment. Therapy and education work to provide individuals with tools and skills they need to stay away from relapse after treatment. Since addiction affects each person differently, it is important to have an individualized approach to recovery. All About Recovery understands this, providing each patient a complex and specific treatment plan for the best possible chance for long-term recovery success. If you would like to hear more about our treatment programs for GHB addiction, please visit our website or call us at 888-712-8480.