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GHB Rehab Centers
A growing problem in the United States is the abuse of a drug known as Gamma-Hydroxybutyric Acid. Especially common among young people, this is a drug that can cause serious problems when abused. Private treatment centers offer hope to those addicted to Gamma-Hydroxybutyric Acid.
What is GHB?
Gamma-Hydroxybutyric Acid, otherwise known as GHB, is a drug that works on the central nervous system to relax or sedate the body. GHB was used as a general anesthetic, a sleep aid and a treatment for anxiety, depression and alcoholism. I can be made in the form of a clear liquid, a capsule, tablet or a white powder. It can also be created by mixing floor degreaser and drain cleaner.
Currently, GHB is banned in many countries including the United States. Still, this is a commonly abused drug, especially among young people. Effects of GHB include a feeling of intoxication, euphoria, increased desire to socialize, increased libido, muscle relaxation, loss of coordination, nausea or vomitting, difficulty concentrating and loss of gag reflex.
Leading Causes of GHB Addiction
GHB is considered a club drug. It is frequently used by young people attending raves. It is not considered a physically addictive drug. Due to the euphoric effects of the drug, psychological addiction is possible and even common. It also has mood enhancing and stimulant effects making it a popular drug used to self-medicate those with mental or emotional disorders. This leads to even more psychological addiction.
Why Quit Using GHB?
The biggest reason to stop GHB is the inherent danger involved with using this drug. It is extremely easy to overdose on GHB. Symptoms of overdose appear quickly. The symptoms can rapidly escalate to comma or death. When mixed with alcohol, this can occur even more quickly because both GHB and alcohol are sedatives.
The underlying medical issues being self-medicated by GHB are another reason to stop using GHB. Issues such as depression and anxiety need treated with appropriate medication and counselling. Other issues, like alcoholism, need to be addressed with specialists in the chemical dependency field.
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GHB Withdrawal Symptoms
Once a person decides to go into a rehab program, they must first attend a detox program. During detox, withdrawal symptoms will be assessed and managed by quality staff. Even short-term use of GHB can cause symptoms. These include:
- Profuse Sweating
- Panic Attacks
- High Blood Pressure
- Increased Heart Rate
- Gastrointestinal Symptoms
- Gastrointestinal Bleeding
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GHB Treatment Centers
After finishing detox, the newly recovering addict immediately needs to enter a qualified treatment program. There are several options. Typically, if it is affordable, an inpatient treatment center offers the best care and the best long-term sobriety rates.
During the treatment phase, the person learns life skills, deals with physical and psychological issues and otherwise learns how to begin a life of sobriety. The work done during rehab will help to heal every aspect of the individual. Every addiction is different. Trained staff can help you, or someone you love get to the bottom of it.
If you, or someone you love, need help with an addiction, click on your state below. Find the city nearest you, and you will see the options available for your journey. After taking the step and admitting you need help, Centers will assist you in finding the option that is right for you.
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