At the Steps Together Rehab residential centre we specialise in helping with supervised GHB detox.
What is GHB?
GHB (gamma hydroxybutyrate), otherwise known as liquid ecstasy, liquid G or liquid X, is a depressant which has become increasingly popular for club-goers and chill-out sessions as it makes the user feel more sociable. In small doses, it also acts as a stimulant and an aphrodisiac which makes it a popular drug to use during sex. However, higher doses can make users lose consciousness which makes it a popular “date rape drug”.
One of the biggest issues with GHB is that it is difficult to measure how much you should be taking without knowing the concentration of the liquid. This greatly increases the chances of overdosing. A drug with similar side effects that also usually comes as a clear liquid is GBL (Gamma-butyrolactone).
What are the differences between GHB and GBL?
GBL is the most common form of the gamma drug and it comes as a clear liquid with a strong chemical smell and taste. Similarly, GHB comes in a clear liquid but it has no odour and has a salty taste. GBL is converted into GHB within the body after consumption. However, this also means that it makes GBL more powerful and unpredictable.
What are the effects of GHB?
The effects of GHB/GBL include:
- Uncontrollable body movements
- Increased sexual drive
- Amnesiac Episodes
GHB can be extremely dangerous if the user suffers from breathing problems, epilepsy, convulsions or problems with blood pressure.
GHB Abuse and Addiction
Users can easily get addicted to GHB. Users quickly build a tolerance and need a higher dose each time. This increases the chances of both overdosing and addiction. It can also leave users susceptible to assault and can even lead to death.
What are the effects of GHB Addiction?
Addiction usually results in depression, anxiety and insomnia if a user doesn’t get the dose they strongly crave. They will also display signs of drug abuse which include:
- Loss of motor control
- Loss of inhibitions
- Impulsive behaviour
- Incoherent or slurred speech
- Memory loss
- Out of character, high-risk behaviour
GHB Withdrawal Symptoms
Once dependence has been formed, it can be very dangerous for a user to quit suddenly. This can even result in death. During the rehabilitation process the patient may experience:
- Increased heart rate
- Increased blood pressure
Our GHB Detox Program
We recognise the severity of the issue when it comes to GHB addiction, which is why we have a specialised program tailored to the needs of each individual to help you along every step of the way. Our expert staff and carers guide you whilst offering all the support you need to continue the journey to recovery.
Through counselling, regular exercise and a nutritious diet, our specialist care will get you back to feeling 100% physically and mentally. Our program is designed to minimise the withdrawals your experience and to provide you with all the tools for longterm sobriety.
How Steps Together Can Help
We’re trained to give you the best medical and psychological care to take you through the steps to a full recovery. Our modern facilities are designed to provide you or your relative with rest, nourishment and support. Steps Together provide you or your loved one with the tools to overcome addiction and take control of your life.
GET HELP NOW
Start your journey to recovery with Steps Together and take one step closer towards a brighter future. Contact our friendly staff on 0800 038 5585 or fill out our contact form. Together we can beat GHB addiction.