GHB, Gama-hydroxybutyrate, while widely known as the “date-rape drug”, is perhaps used most extensively in the club and party scene. It is commonly categorized as a “club drug”, which means that it is used by those who attend events at raves, dance clubs, and concerts. Its effects are similar to the euphoric sensations of ecstasy, which helps explain its popularity. It has been used in the medical field as a treatment of narcolepsy, a sleeping disorder where the affected cannot regulate sleep-wake cycles. Its ability to increase the body’s production of human growth hormone has also made it very popular in the sports world, and has led many to develop a GHB addiction. The bottom line is, the drug is a serious risk to any who may use it, regardless of the reason.
Risks of GHB Addiction
A GHB addiction is very serious matter, being that GHB is a central nervous system depressant. An addiction to a CNS depressant can lead to serious health risks such as seizures, coma, or even death. GHB creates a raised level in the body of GABA, a neurotransmitter that inhibits the function of other neurotransmitters. In turn, high GABA levels cause mood swings, a short attention span, and drowsiness. Seeing the danger that GHB carries, the FDA has only approved the drug for the treatment of narcolepsy. One of the risks of GHB use is that its effects are not noticed very quickly, so in an attempt to reach the desired “high”, an overdose is more likely to occur by taking an extra dose. GHB’s long-term effects are not well known since it is a relatively newer substance and there has been no significant long-term research conducted. This has led people to view it as a safer alternative to other CNS depressants, but as time unfolds, it’s probable that more risks will be revealed. The GHB produced on the streets is manufactured with numerous industrial chemicals that may not have been properly mixed, which may cause chemical burns in the mouth, throat, or stomach and create other health issues (source: http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/club-drugs-ghb-ketamine-rohypnol).
Withdrawals from a GHB addiction are a serious matter as well and can result in hospitalization. Like other CNS depressants, GHB withdrawals are very powerful. Those experiencing them may suffer from tremors, hallucinations, insomnia, seizures, tachycardia (a very high heartbeat), and rhabdomyolysis (a condition damaging to the kidneys).
Treating GHB Addiction at PVRC
At PVRC we believe that a personalized treatment plan is necessary for our clients suffering from a GHB addiction. In order to map out the best possible treatment route, clients undergo both physical and psychological examinations upon entering our facility. Friendships are formed with other individuals experiencing similar struggles in group therapy sessions and the numerous outings we take around Santa Monica. Individual therapy sessions are provided as well, which will delve into the past and work to uncover issues that factor into the addiction. Patients will identify behaviors and attitudes that require focus, and learn what a trigger is, as well as how to avoid and deal with them. We only have one goal at Pacific View Recover Center – to help addicts overcome their addiction and go on to lead a life worth living.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further inquiries regarding our facility or treatment program. Call 866-737-4962 immediately and chat with an admissions specialist to discover if PVRC’s GHB addiction rehab is the correct facility