There are more people in the U.S. that have died from GHB overdose or GHB addiction, than have died from Ecstasy. GHB was originally created in France during the 1920s, but was rejected by the medical community in the 1960s. In 1980s GHB made a comeback as an acceptable alternative to steroids used by athletes, but by the late 1990s the drug was banned once again in the U.S. However, in 2002, the Food and Drug Administration approved a type of GHB to be used in the treatment of certain sleep disorders such as narcolepsy. Today, it has earned the sorted reputation of being a predatory and date rape drug. Due to the fact that standard drug tests (such as urine tests and certain blood tests) do not have the ability to test for GHB, it is undetectable by drug testing.
What is GHB
GHB or Gamma Hydroxybutyrate is a central nervous system depressant. GHB is known by other street names such as Fantasy, Liquid G, Liquid X, Liquid Fantasy, Liquid Ecstasy, Juice and Heaven, among other names. GHB is popular among teens and college students as well as a club drug and can be found at rave parties. Although it called Liquid Ecstasy and Liquid X – GHB is a completely different drug from Ecstasy which is MDMA. GHB is a clear liquid that is sometimes taken in water, but because of its salty taste, it is commonly mixed in fruity or very sweet mixtures to mask the taste. If GHB is abused excessively, there is a potential for addiction.
The Effects of GHB
GHB affects the brain and the central nervous system and the brain. The effects of GHB are similar to the effects of alcohol and Ecstasy. Individuals that abuse GHB have described an intoxicating and sense of euphoria that increases sensuality and prohibits inhibition. The effects of GHB can last up to three hours. When taken excessively, users may experience
- Nausea and vomiting
- Agitation and irritability
- Drowsiness and dizziness
- Decreased heart rate
- Breathing problems
- Memory loss
- Loss of consciousness
- Coma and death
Taking GHB with alcohol can be fatal. GHB overdose can occur within fifteen minutes of taking the drug.
There is a potential for GHB addiction. Indications of a GHB addiction is a strong desire for more of the drug, especially in larger doses and more frequently. Tolerance can develop when the drug is taken excessively which means that you will need more of the drug with each use in order to achieve the same sense of intoxication and euphoria. If you have developed a GHB addiction, you may experience depression, insomnia, headaches, extreme irritability and obsessed with getting more of the drug.
GHB withdrawal symptoms may begin as early as one hour after the last time GHB was used. GHB withdrawal can last up to fifteen days. The length of withdrawal symptoms will depend on how much of the drug has been used, the frequency of use and how long the individual used GHB. GHB withdrawal symptoms may be both psychological and physical and may include increased blood pressure and heart rate, sweating, nausea, irritability and agitation, hallucinations and psychotic episodes. Detoxification may be necessary for withdrawal from GHB and an after detox program to help you rebuild your life may be something the individual should consider. If you or someone you know are struggling with a GHB addiction and are in need of detox, Gallus Detox Centers can help. Gallus Detox Centers specializes in effective programs such as:
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