GHB and Your Body: Get Help for GHB Addiction

GHB (gamma-hydroxybutyrate) is a nutrient compound that occurs naturally in the body.  When it is synthesized in a lab and taken at concentrated doses, it becomes a potent drug.  While it is used medically in Europe (as an aid to dilate the cervix during childbirth, and to treat depression), it is a controlled substance in the US.  As a recreational drug, it is popular in the festival scene and at clubs.  Most users ingest it as a liquid, usually mixed with another liquid.  Its effects, especially at low doses, are similar to alcohol, causing a state of relaxation that can eventually lead the user to pass out.   People who lose consciousness while using GHB are extremely difficult to wake up, and overdoses can lead to a coma-like state. Mixing alcohol with GHB is especially dangerous.  It’s easy to overdose on GHB, unfortunately, because it is a clear liquid—when you’re mixing it with another liquid, it’s hard to know how much is there.  And because it’s clear, some folks accidentally drink it straight, thinking they’re sipping a glass of water.  Overdoses of GHB are extremely dangerous and can even be lethal.

GHB is an addictive substance; while research is still being done, current research shows that GHB is about as addictive as alcohol is.  (That’s pretty addictive.) Long-term use can lead to your body becoming dependent on GHB and needing it to function.  When your body becomes physically addicted to GHB, you will need help when you’re ready to quit—physical addiction means that you’ll go through withdrawal, and withdrawal can get ugly fast.  Withdrawal symptoms of GHB addiction include severe muscle and bone pain, insomnia, depression, anxiety, and chest pain.

If you need help quitting GHB, it’s important to get professional help.  With Archstone Recovery Center of the Palm Beaches, a top-quality drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility in Lantana, Florida, you’ll get caring, expert help in a safe and beautiful environment.  Archstone Recovery believes in treating the whole person, not just the disease, so whether you opt for residential, outpatient, transitional care, or extended care programs, you’ll get a GHB addiction treatment plan that’s right for you. Our sunny coastal location, which is convenient to Palm Beach International Airport, means that GHB addicts from New York (NY), New Jersey (NJ), Washington, DC, Philadelphia (PA), Baltimore (MD), New England, and all over the United States can easily reach Archstone Recovery to “get away from it all” and treat their GHB addiction.  If you’re ready to break the chains of addiction, contact Archstone Recovery today.

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