GHB Addiction and Your Teen: Recover in Florida with Archstone Recovery

GHB (gamma-hydroxybutyric acid or sodium oxybate) is a depressant drug popular in clubs and at raves, particularly among teenagers. The brand medication, Xyrem, is used to treat patients with narcolepsy; however, “home-brewed” versions of the drug created in makeshift laboratories are not uncommon. These are particularly dangerous because their quality and strength vary, making it difficult for users to know the dosage they are getting. GHB creates a relaxed, euphoric state in users, who often don’t remember it after the fact—amnesia is part of the experience. This means that GHB, like Rohypnol (“roofies”) is often used as a “date rape” drug, slipped into the victim’s drink.

But GHB is also used recreationally, normally dissolved into liquid, and its use has been on the rise among teenagers. Its side effects can include skin rashes and irritation, liver damage, seizures, vomiting, and trouble breathing. It can also produce hallucinations in some users, and a few experience extreme stimulation instead of the usual relaxing depressant effects. Its damaging effects can be magnified if it is taken in combination with alcohol (and it usually is). Overdoses can lead to coma and death. GHB is physically addictive, and GHB addicts who try to quit “cold turkey” overnight can experience extreme withdrawal symptoms, including psychosis.

If you or your teen are using GHB, it’s important, for your own safety and the safety of your loved ones, to stop as soon as possible, and to do so under medical supervision—withdrawal just isn’t safe to go through alone. Archstone Recovery can help. At Archstone Recovery, we understand what it means to detox from highly addictive drugs, and our doctors and therapists specialize in helping patients get through the withdrawal period and learn how to deal with and overcome their addiction using proven methods. Archstone Recovery offers several treatment options, including partial hospitalization, outpatient, transitional, and extended care programs. If you are a resident of Florida, North or South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee or any other state, call us today to help your teen begin recovery from GHB addiction.

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