The popular club drug called GHB (gamma Hydroxybutyric acid) has been gaining infamy in the news recently. GHB is often used as a date rape drug and there has recently been an increase of rapes where the attackers gave the drug to the female victims before the incidents. Most of the victims, whether they had been drinking alcohol at the time or not, had no recollection of the attacks.
GHB was originally used by body builders because it reportedly helps increase muscle growth and fat burning abilities in the body. The use of GHB was then increased for its sedative properties. It is a very popular rave drug and is now used as a date rape drug as well. GHB has also been approved by the FDA for certain sleep aiding medication, buts its use for these is very regulated.
The Effects of GHB
GHB has the potential to effect every person in a different manner. The effects of this drug are often compared to those of ecstasy or alcohol. People have reported feelings of lowered inhibitions, enhanced sensuality and euphoria. Some of the negative effects of GHB are as follows.
Many club kids like to use GHB because it lowers their inhibitions and increases their sensuality while they are dancing. One of the main problems with GHB is it is very physically addictive. People can become physically dependent on GHB even if they have not used it but for a very short period of time. Once the person becomes physically dependent on this drug it is very hard to get off. It can actually be physically dangerous for a person who is physically addicted to GHB to stop using it cold turkey. It is highly recommended for any person who is struggling with an addiction to GHB to seek medical advice and treatment before trying to get off of the drug by themselves. Some of the withdrawal symptoms that someone experiences while coming off of GHB can be somewhat similar to those of a person who is physically addicted to alcohol or benzodiazepines. The list of physical withdrawal symptoms are as follows.
In addition to the immediate withdrawal symptoms, the person may also suffer from delayed withdrawal symptoms later on after they have been off of the drug for a while. The delayed symptoms often include extreme mental clouding or fuzziness, confusion, paranoia and extreme anxiety.
Treatment for GHB Withdrawal
In some situations doctors who attend GHB withdrawal choose to use a mix of benzodiazepines to help wean a person off of GHB. This can be a bit of a slow process. It is very important that the person who is suffering from the addiction go to a detox center or to a doctor who has dealt with GHB withdrawal before. If not, it can be very dangerous. There have been cases reported where a person tried to detox of GHB without medical assistance and they have died.
For a while it was thought that GHB was not that harmful of a drug, but it has come to light that it actually is. For a while it was thought that it was not all that addictive, but after many cases that have shown otherwise, it is found that GHB is a very addictive substance. It is recommended that after a person goes through GHB withdrawal that they follow up with a long term treatment such as Narconon. There are many Narconon long term drug rehab centers located all over the world. Narconon has a very unique program that is very effective in treating GHB addiction. One of the reasons that Narconon has had a good success rate with treating GHB addiction is because of the Narconon detox program.
Some of the metabolites of the drug can be stored in the fatty tissues for years after a person has quit using and these metabolites can continue to affect the way the person feels for quite some time after the person has quit using. This may be one of the reasons why the person may suffer from withdrawal symptoms after they have been not using for a while. Narconon is one of the only programs that address this aspect of GHB addiction through the Narconon detox program. The Narconon detox program is a program that uses a regimen of sweating in a dry heat sauna with excersise and vitamins to help the body rid itself of accumulated drug metabolites and other toxins that are often stored in the fatty tissue, in an accelerated amount of time. This has been shown to help many individuals overcome physical cravings, as well as reduce the after effects on the mind quite a bit. Many recovering addicts have stated that after they finished the Narconon detox program they felt much more clear headed and back to the way they did before they ever used drugs.
After the recovering addict finishes the Narconon detox program, they then learn the tools that are needed to live their lives drug free. They learn how to interact socially with other people without having to use drugs to feel confidence in themselves and they also learn the value of ethics in a persons life who would like to be successful.
Narconon is a non-traditional program that is individualized. Narconon is a long term treatment center, which is the recommendation for people coming off of GHB. Narconon has a seventy-six percent success rate. If you or a loved one are suffering from addiction to GHB, please contact your local Narconon Center right away and get the help that is needed for this terrible addiction.