Originally intended for bodybuilders to stimulate muscle growth, GHB is a “designer” drug that has more recently become a favorite for club kids and partygoers — with what can be fatal results. Left untreated, GHB addiction can lead to seizures, comas and even death. American Addiction Centers can help. Call us today at 877-640-1943.
What is GHB?
GHB, or Gamma-hydroxybutyric acid, is a synthetic drug that for decades was widely used, particularly in Europe, as a sleeping aid or anesthetic. In the U.S., GHB is approved for use in treating narcolepsy. More recently, however, GDB has fallen out of favor in medical circles, due to its abuse potential and the development of newer, more-effective drugs.
As GHB’s use by doctors decreased, its popularity soared with teens and young adults who saw it as another fun “club drug.” Because of its popularity in the nightclub scene, GHB has often been used in conjunction with Ecstasy, another club drug.
Street names for GHB include G, Georgia Home Boy, Grievous Bodily Harm and Liquid Ecstasy.
How is GHB consumed?
GHB is usually ingested in a liquid mixture most commonly mixed with alcohol. The concentrations of liquid GHB can vary widely, with a single dose ranging from a few drops to a full glass. GHB will occasionally also appear in powder form, in which case the measuring of a dose is much more straightforward.
How widespread is GHB Addiction?
As Ecstasy became more popular in the past decade, so did GHB. According to the 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than 30 million Americans aged 12 or older have used a sedative/tranquilizer, a category that includes GHB, for non-medical reasons at least once in their lifetime.
Among teens in the annual Monitoring the Future survey, the number of 8th and 12th grade students who had used GHB in the past year increased significantly between 2007 and 2008, while the number of 10th graders using GHB dipped slightly. Overall, 12th graders had the highest incidence of GHB use among the teens surveyed, with 1.2% of 12th graders having used the drug in the past year.
Unfortunately, many of those who try GHB become hooked — destroying their career, college grades or family life in the process. Don’t let this happen to you or your loved one. Call American Addiction Centers now at 877-640-1943.
What are GHB’s short-term effects?
In lower doses, GHB can relieve anxiety and produce relaxation. When combined with alcohol, commonly done by GHB users, the short-term effects can include:
- Loss of muscle control
- Difficulty breathing
In addition, GHB users are at serious risk of being victims of sexual assault, as it’s been linked to date rape. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, GHB is favored by sexual offenders because it renders the victim incapable of resisting, and may cause memory problems that could complicate criminal prosecution. Some date rape victims may be drugged unknowingly, with the odorless, colorless GHB liquid added to their drink while their backs are turned.
What are GHB’s long-term effects?
GHB addiction, over time, can cause serious and even fatal health complications, including:
- Liver failure
- Tremor or seizures
- Potentially fatal respiratory problems
- Slurred speech
- Difficulty thinking
GHB was associated with more than 2,000 emergency-room visits in 2004, according to the Drug Abuse Warning Network.
What are the risks of GHB addiction during pregnancy?
Little conclusive research has been done on the risks of GHB use by expectant mothers, but this doesn’t mean pregnant women should ingest GHB. Illicit drugs should be assumed harmful to the fetus until proven otherwise, and therefore must be avoided by the mother. In addition, GHB, like many other drugs, may be transferred to the infant through breast milk. Women breastfeeding should avoid taking even the smallest dose of GHB.
Why is GHB addiction so hard to overcome?
GHB abuse, over time, leads to both physical and psychological addictions that combine to form a vice grip over the life of the user — causing difficult withdrawal symptoms for those who attempt to quit that include:
- Chest pain and tightness
- Muscle and bone aches
GHB addiction treatment is the answer.
When it comes to overcoming the withdrawal symptoms associated with GHB detox, the assistance of medically-trained professionals makes all the difference. With the help you’ll receive at our drug abuse treatment centers, withdrawal symptoms can be greatly reduced, or even eliminated.
After detox is complete, our clients build a strong recovery foundation through intensive individual and group counseling sessions, as well other additional services that vary based upon the type of treatment program. For example, at luxury rehab, clients enjoy massage services and acupuncture.
Whatever your treatment needs, American Addiction Centers can get you started today. Call us now at 877-640-1943.
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