GHB Addiction

GBH (gamma hydroxybutyrate) is a synthetic party drug. GHB addiction can be difficult to recognise because the drug is so closely associated with a party/social setting.

About GHB Addiction

As with most ‘party drugs’ (i.e. ecstasy, MDMA), GHB use starts out being purely recreational. However, if GHB is used regularly the users’ tolerance is likely to increase, meaning larger amounts of the drug are required to achieve the desired effect. As the dosages of GHB increase and become more frequent, a dependency can develop. Stopping GHB abuse unassisted is incredibly taxing – both mentally and physically.

Signs of GHB Addiction

There are certain signs you can look for that will help you identify a case of GHB addiction.

Signs you should seek cannabis addiction treatment:

  • Thoughts of GHB consume a good part of your day
  • The thought of GHB being unavailable makes you anxious
  • You find yourself unable to have fun at a gathering with using GHB
  • You are experiencing withdrawal symptoms in between doses of GHB
  • You’re prepared to go to great length to get GHB
  • GHB use is affecting your finances, work/school performance and relationships
  • GHB takes priority over your professional/social/private responsibilities
  • Being questioned about your GHB use leaves you upset and aggravated
  • You are using GHB with increasing frequency

Any combination of signs or symptoms that suggest a potential GHB addiction should not be ignored. As already mentioned, even a minor GHB misuse problem can quickly become an addiction if left untreated. The good news is that proper treatment is very effective at helping GHB addicts completely recover. Success is achieved through a combination of physical, emotional, and psychological treatments that address every aspect of addiction.

Withdrawal Symptoms

Minor Withdrawal Symptoms:

  • Feelings of anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Confusion
  • Hallucinations
  • Muscle cramps and spasmsFeeling agitated and restless
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Sweating
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Tachycardia (rapid heart beat)
  • Nausea and vomiting

The recommended treatment for GHB addiction is a residential treatment program that treats the mind, body and spirit, comprising the five areas of physical, emotional, social, psychological, and spiritual treatment.

The treatment process includes:

  • Detox
  • Psychological treatment
  • Dual Diagnosis Treatment
  • Physical Therapy
  • Counselling
  • Group Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Social Therapy
  • 12 Step
  • Meditation
  • Education
  • Art Therapy

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