Club Drugs on the Upswing: Get Help for GHB Addiction from Archstone Recovery
GHB (gamma-hydroxybutyrate), or Xyrem, is a depressant that works on the central nervous system. It was originally developed as a sedative specifically used as a treatment for narcolepsy, but it is so powerful that the FDA approved it only for that use and insisted on the creation of a national patient registry to track legal prescriptions of the drug. GHB is known as a club drug, particularly at raves and often at gay clubs, and is often called Georgia Home Boy, Liquid Ecstasy, and Scoop. It is usually taken orally as a liquid or powder, and it induces a feeling of calm and relaxation. Taken in high amounts, it can cause unconsciousness and loss of memory, and too high a dose can lead to coma or death. Some users also experience vomiting, hallucinations, or extreme anxiety. GHB is also called “Easy Lay” and is known as a “rape drug” because it can be slipped into a victim’s drink and incapacitate him or her. There is currently no way to test for GHB in a victim’s or user’s system. GHB (Scoop) users can develop an addiction (dependency) very quickly, and as the GHB addiction progresses the user needs more and more to get high. Users who quit will experience withdrawal symptoms such as shaking, anxiety attacks, and extreme cravings. If your child, partner, or loved one is using GHB, the best thing you can do is to get him or her the best possible treatment right away. Archstone Recovery in Lantana, Florida (FL), offers a variety of drug and alcohol treatment programs ranging from outpatient programs to transitional living and extended care programs. Archstone Recovery’s staff understands the difficulty of quitting GHB. Archstone specializes in club drug rehabilitation treatment and uses therapy and medical supervision to help GHB addicts get off the drug and stay off. Call Archstone Recovery today to learn more about rehabilitation and treatment options for GHB addiction.