- GHB is main substance in the medication Xyrem; used to treat a rare disease called cataplexy, and is sometimes used to treat some cases of narcolepsy.
- It is ingested in pill form as a medication, but it is also found on the streets in liquid or white powder form that can be ingested orally and can at times also be injected. In some cases, when GHB is used recreationally, a user can experience symptoms like euphoria, increased sex drive, and tranquility.
- GHB slows down the nervous system as well as a “muscle enhancer” and aphrodisiac. Used under certain circumstances and at different doses, the body responds differently in either one of these directions.
- Virtually undetectable, GHB is commonly referred to as a “date rape” drug, and is placed in alcoholic beverages at clubs, parties, and raves because of its sedative quality at high doses.
- When combined with alcohol, GHB can cause respiratory arrest and death.
- Promotes growth hormones making it a popular recreational drug used by body builders.
- Some of the signs that someone is using GHB are drowsiness, nausea or vomiting, loss of consciousness, loss of reflexes or muscle stiffness, confusion, and the occurrence of seizures and at times, comas.
- Repeated use of GHB can alter brain functionality, resulting in physical and psychological dependence.
- Withdrawal symptoms are prolonged and include insomnia, anxiety, delirium, and other benzodiazepine-like symptoms.
- These symptoms can start as soon as 6 hours after use up to 21 days after abstinence.
- There are not any current drugs to combat the withdrawal symptoms, but it is important to be weaned from GHB.
- Benzodiazepines such as Valium as well as anti seizure medications have been used in the detox process to ease an abuser through the withdrawal process.
- It is not recommended to detox or go through any detoxification of GHB without a physician monitoring your vitals. Because of the high risk of seizure and coma, you do not want to risk death.
- After detoxing from GHB it is recommended to follow up with an intensive program that focuses on all aspects of healthy living.
GHB Addicts Can Recover
There are treatment centers and many beneficial programs focused around behavioral, emotional and spiritual counseling.
Also abstinence and 12-step meetings such as Narcotics Anonymous.
If you or your loved one is seeking help Hopelinks is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week – call today 866 806 2821.
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