GHB Addiction Treatment Recovery from Abuse

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GHB (short for gamma hydroxybutyrate) was first created in 1960 to relieve pain and treat a variety of conditions. Since the 1990s, GHB has become a popular club drug that has also been used by body builders to stimulate muscle growth.

A sedative typically found in liquid, tablet, capsule or powder form, GHB is colorless and odorless, which has led to its use as a date rape drug. On the street, GHB is known as Easy Lay, Gamma 10, G, Scoop, Soap, Gook, Liquid X, Liquid Ecstasy, Somatomax, Grievous Bodily Harm, Georgia Home Boy or Natural Sleep-500.

Effects of GHB

GHB affects some of the same areas of the brain as other sedative drugs such as alcohol and benzodiazepines. Like these drugs, people abuse GHB as a way to feel relaxed, uninhibited and less anxious.

Side effects of GHB abuse include:

  • Slowed heart rate and breathing
  • Decreased body temperature
  • Drowsiness
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Short-term amnesia
  • Loss of muscle control
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Coma and seizures

GHB Detox & Withdrawal

Over time, GHB abuse can lead to GHB addiction. Heavy users can develop a tolerance to the drug, prompting them to take more of the drug to experience the same high.

If someone addicted to GHB tries to stop using the drug, they may go into withdrawal in as little as one hour. GHB withdrawal symptoms typically last a few days, but may continue up to two weeks. Symptoms may include:

  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Bone and muscle aches
  • Nausea
  • Tremors
  • Insomnia
  • Sweating
  • Chest pain
  • Hallucinations

Treatment for GHB Addiction

The safest way to get through GHB detox is in a supervised residential facility or hospital. GHB detox helps treat the physical addiction to GHB. Since this club drug is also psychologically addictive, individuals typically require outpatient or residential GHB addiction treatment that includes counseling, 12-Step support groups and education about the disease.