Choose a GHB detox center and rehabilitation program that is equipped to address all of the factors that contribute to your addiction.
First created in 1960 to relieve pain and treat a variety of other conditions, GHB (gamma hydroxybutyrate) became a popular club drug during the 1990’s. Its abuse has also become widespread among bodybuilders, who use it for its properties that are thought to stimulate muscle growth. As reported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, GHB is a central nervous system depressant that works as a sedative and is widely abused for its intoxicating as well as anabolic effects. Because it is known to be addictive both physically and psychologically, it is important to find a GHB detox center and rehabilitation program that is equipped to address physical dependence and well as the mental component of addiction associated with this drug.
A GHB detox center offers the safest way to undergo withdrawal from GHB, as there is an experienced medical staff present for the duration of the patient’s detox. This team of medical doctors and addiction specialists are able to estimate how long does GHB withdrawal last for each patient once they become familiar with the patient’s history of drug abuse. They are also able to treat withdrawal symptoms so that they are less severe, making the process more tolerable for the patient. Most individuals searching for a GHB detox center want to know how long does GHB withdrawal last, as well as what withdrawal symptoms are typically felt during detox from GHB. While undergoing withdrawal in a GHB detox center environment is safer and less traumatic for patients, typical GHB withdrawal symptoms include:
- Bone and muscle aches
- Chest pain
- Agitation and irritability
How addictive is GHB and how does it affect those who take it? Because GHB affects the same areas of the brain as other sedative drugs, such as alcohol and benzodiazepines, people use it to feel relaxed, reduce anxiety, and feel less inhibited. However, GHB can also cause confusion, unusual or disturbing thoughts, or even depression over a long period. Because it produces sedating effects and it is also colorless, odorless, and tasteless, it has become known as a “date rape drug”, and is often slipped into the alcoholic beverages of unsuspecting victims, rendering them defenseless in a sexual assault. How GHB may affect someone depends on:
- The user’s age and body weight.
- How much and how often the individual uses the drug.
- How long he or she has been using it.
- The method used to take it.
- The environment it is taken in.
And individual who abuses GHB may experience side effects that can be life threatening. High doses of the drug can make the user feel drowsy, dizzy, or nauseated. Overdose on GHB is very possible and can cause difficulty breathing, a lowered heart rate, convulsions, coma, neurotoxicity of the brain, or even death. According to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), there is only a slight difference in a dose that produces desired effects and a dose that can put the user at risk. This slight difference can be fatal. Because GHB is illegal, there is no way to measure the purity of the drug that is produced and sold. What is sold as GHB on the street often contains other drugs or filler ingredients that also carry a risk of being toxic.
GHB addiction potential varies for each individual, but heavy users eventually develop a tolerance to the drug, which triggers them to take more of it to achieve the same desired effect. While the GHB addiction potential may be moderate for some and high for others, withdrawal symptoms from GHB can vary greatly, especially when other drugs or alcohol are also involved.
How long does GHB withdrawal last? Withdrawal from GHB can begin in as little as one hour from the last dose taken. Withdrawal symptoms typically last a few days but can continue for up to two weeks. Once the patient has undergone withdrawal at a GHB detox center, additional treatment is necessary in order for the patient to be successful in maintaining sobriety. Additional treatment includes counseling and therapy that can take place in an inpatient drug treatment facility or on an outpatient basis.
If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.