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GHB AddictionGhb addiction is a very serious and sometimes life threatening dilemma. Not only is it difficult for the addict, it is extremely hard on those around them who care about them. For the addict, admitting they have an addiction problem can be difficult. However painful this may be, it must be acknowledged as the first gradient to overcoming the problem. The next hurdle is being willing to seek & accept help from an addiction professional. It can be hard for an addict to confront the fact that they can not do it alone. Once this fact is accepted, it is time to seek the appropriate professional treatment. Drug rehab programs based on the social education modality are highly successful. This means that individuals who are recovering from Ghb addiction are not made wrong for their past indiscretions, but are taught how to avoid future ones. They are provided with knowledge on how to change their lives and how to live comfortably without Ghb. Receiving treatment for addiction should be done in a safe & stable environment that is conducive to addiction recovery. Research studies show that residential treatment programs of at least 3 months in duration have the best success rates. 3 months may seem like a long time, but one day in the life of an individual addicted to Ghb can feel like an eternity. Addiction is a self imposed hellish slavery. The chains can be broken people do it everyday. You can be free!
GHB Treatment OptionsDrug rehabilitation is a multi-phase, multi-faceted, long term process. Detoxification is only the first step on the road of addiction treatment. Physical detoxification alone is not sufficient to change the patterns of a drug addict. Recovery from addiction involves an extended process which usually requires the help of drug addiction professionals. To make a successful recovery, the addict needs new tools in order to deal with situations and problems which arise. Factors such as encountering someone from their days of using, returning to the same environment and places, or even small things such as smells and objects trigger memories which can create psychological stress. This can hinder the addict's goal of complete recovery, thus not allowing the addict to permanently regain control of his or her life.
Almost all addicts tell themselves in the beginning that they can conquer their addiction on their own without the help of outside resources. Unfortunately, this is not usually the case. When an addict makes an attempt at detoxification and to discontinue drug use without the aid of professional help, statistically the results do not last long. Research into the effects of long-term addiction has shown that substantial changes in the way the brain functions are present long after the addict has stopped using drugs. Realizing that a drug addict who wishes to recover from their addiction needs more than just strong will power is the key to a successful recovery. Battling not only cravings for their drug of choice, re-stimulation of their past and changes in the way their brain functions, it is no wonder that quitting drugs without professional help is an uphill battle.
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Facts about GHB
What is GHB?
Gamma hydroxy butyrate or Gamma hydroxybutyric acid, Sodium
is a central nervous system depressant that can relax
or sedate the body. At higher doses it can slow breathing
and heart rate to dangerous levels.
GHB is made from: gamma butyrolactone (GBL) and Sodium Hydroxide or Potassium Hydroxide - basically it is degreasing solvent or floor stripper mixed with drain cleaner. When GBL or BD or products containing them are ingested, GHB is produced in the body.
Your body manufactures GHB for its normal metabolism. The only reason people take GHB at a party is to get high, not for their health. People are kidding themselves if they imagine they're taking a vitamin supplement or amino acid, even though GHB has been marketed as such. Just because trace, minute amounts of GHB are found in a human body doesn't make the lab-created form of it safe to consume!
Q) What does GHB look like and how is it used?
A) GHB can be produced in clear liquid, white powder, tablet, and capsule forms. When in clear liquid form it looks just like water. It can be mistaken for water because it is usually found in a small (30ml) clear plastic bottle, a water bottle, or even Gatorade bottles, which contains several doses. One dosage is usually a capful. There are approximately 9 hits per bottle, but this, too varies depending on the concentration of the mix. GHB has become notorious for its use in crimes, particularly rape. Colorless, odorless, and tasteless, it can be slipped into drinks and ingested without the victim having any clue. It causes sedation, often rendering the victim helpless. It also produces amnesia, making it very difficult to arrest and convict a perpetrator.
What are the effects of GHB?
A) The effects of GHB include: Intoxication, increased energy, happiness, talking, desire to socialize, feeling affectionate and playful, sensuality, enhanced sexual experience, muscle relaxation, loss of coordination due to loss of muscle tone, nausea, difficulty concentrating, loss of gag reflex. GHB's intoxicating effects begin 10 to 20 minutes after the drug is taken. The effects typically last up to 4 hours, depending on the dosage.
What are the side effects of GHB use?
The side effects of GHB use include: nausea, headaches, drowsiness,
dizziness, amnesia, vomiting, loss of muscle control, respiratory
problems, loss of consciousness, being conscious but unable
to move, and death, sedation, desire to sleep, rambling incoherent
speech, giddiness, silliness, difficulty thinking, slurred speech,
passing out, and death. - Especially when combined with alcohol
or other drugs
Can you overdose on GHB?
Yes, an overdose of GHB can occur rather quickly. The signs
are similar to those of other sedatives: drowsiness, sleep,
loss of consciousness, nausea, vomiting, headache, loss of reflexes,
impaired breathing, slowed heart rate, respiratory depression,
seizures, hypothermia, coma, blocked airway due to loss of gag
reflex, and ultimately death.
"GHB has several characteristics that increase the likelihood of toxicity," says Dr. Frankenheim. "A small increase in dose can push the sedative effects to a lethal level. High doses of GHB overwhelm the body's ability to eliminate the drug, and therefore lead to greater effects of longer duration than expected." GHB's purity and strength are especially difficult to determine because the drug can be made from a number of chemical formulas, which differ in the amount of GHB produced when metabolized by the user's body.
What are the effects of GHB withdrawal?
A) The effects of withdrawal from GHB are: insomnia, anxiety, tremors, and sweating.
Is GHB addictive?
A) Because widespread use of GHB is relatively recent, the worst effects of this drug are not known yet. There are indications, however, that the potential may be significant. GHB users have reported that they need higher and higher doses to get the effects that they want, and that when they try to quit, they can't.
What are the slang terms used for GHB?
A) "G" (most common), Gamma-OH, Liquid E, Fantasy, Georgia Home Boy, Grievous Bodily Harm, Liquid X, Liquid Ecstasy (is not ecstasy), Scoop, Water, Everclear, Great Hormones at Bedtime, GBH, Soap, Easy Lay, Salty Water, G-Riffick, Cherry Meth, Organic Quaalude, and Jib.
What is the extent of use of GHB?
GHB and two of its precursors, gamma butyrolactone (GBL) and
1,4 butanediol (BD) have been involved in poisonings, overdoses,
date rapes, and deaths. These products, obtainable over the
Internet and sometimes still sold in health food stores, are
also available at some gyms, raves, nightclubs, gay male parties,
college campuses, and the street. They are commonly mixed with
alcohol (which may cause unconsciousness), have a short duration
of action, and are not easily detectable on routine hospital
emergency room mentions increased from 55 in 1994 to 2,973 in
1999. In 1999, GHB accounted for 32 percent of illicit drug-related
poison center calls in Boston. In Chicago and San Francisco,
GHB use is reportedly low compared with MDMA, although GHB overdoses
seem frequent compared with overdoses related to other club
(gamma hydroxy butyrate) use is a growing problem on college
campuses. GHB and its analogs are used for a variety of reasons:
Partying. Raves. Date or acquaintance rape.
use of GHB on college campuses continues to be a growing problem.
Accurate information is so scarce about GHB that the majority
of college students using it have no knowledge that they are
putting their lives in danger. The information on most web sites
is so misleading regarding GHB that some college students actually
believe the myth that GHB is a safe supplement. Many male students
are attracted to its use for its reputed reputation as a muscle
enhancer, while other students may find themselves using it
as a sleep aid, especially in noisy dorms.
use of GHB for its euphoric effects continues to rise on many
campuses. GHB can easily be concealed in a college dorm room
so its use can go unknown, unlike the use of alcohol. Many universities
and colleges have had so many problems with the use of GHB on
their campuses, that they are now faced with educating their
students on this dangerous and deadly drug.
In September of 1999, Glamour Magazine did a survey of over 200 female students at more than 20 colleges and universities. The survey revealed that 19% of those asked know someone who has been a victim of GHB.
What are "Club Drugs" and is GHB one of them?
For several years, NIDA monitoring systems have registered a
nationwide pattern of drug use centered on all-night party and
"rave" dance clubs and bars. The drugs reported in
these scenes are extremely diverse and vary among locales. Overall,
they include drugs that have long been abused, such as marijuana
and cocaine, and drugs whose abuse is a more recent development,
such as methamphetamine, ecstasy, gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB),
flunitrazepam (Rohypnol), and ketamine. Some are stimulants,
some depressants, and some hallucinogens. Some are prescription
drugs that are made in licensed factories using strict quality
control, but illegally diverted for abuse. Others have no legitimate
medical uses and are produced clandestinely.
Because of this diversity, "club drugs" is an ambiguous and flexible term. However, it clearly applies to methamphetamine, ecstasy, GHB, and Rohypnol, which have become widespread in the 1990s in tandem with contemporary club culture.
novelty of many club drugs is undoubtedly one reason for the
recent surge in their use. Because these drugs are relatively
new, some vulnerable individuals may imagine that taking them
is safe-that their reported adverse effects are rare or exaggerated,
and that such reactions could never affect them personally.
In contrast, few can harbor such misperceptions about older
drugs. Cocaine, for example, was widely used in dance clubs
and elsewhere in the 1980s, but its use has receded as its health
and social costs have become well known.
still have much to learn about club drugs. However, they have
already shown that these substances can cause serious and perhaps
permanent impairments and sometimes death.
additional challenge to scientists-and peril to users-is the
fact that club drugs are often taken in combination or with
other intoxicants. GHB, for example, is frequently consumed
with alcohol, which is also a depressant. A significant percentage
of those who have died with GHB have also had alcohol in their
blood. In Seattle and Miami, ecstasy is sometimes taken mixed
with LSD, psilocybin, or heroin. It is very likely that such
combinations will affect the body and brain in ways that are
more deleterious than either drug alone.
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