GHB Addiction: Signs and Symptoms

GHB, or Gamma Hydroxybutyrate, is a central nervous system depressant. It is sometimes called a date rape drug or a club drug as it was originally used as an anesthetic. This drug has a very high potential for abuse and it is often used by young adults at parties, bars, clubs, and raves. Many users say that taking the drug in small doses that give them a relaxing effect similar to alcohol but without losing coordination, having slurred speech, or experiencing a hangover. Some people even claim in small doses, the drug creates a euphoric and energetic feeling. GHB will stay on your body for approximately 1.5 to 3 hours depending on the quantity used and how often it is used.

The problem is, in higher doses, it can cause a person to become unconscious and the effects are only maximized when it is mixed with alcohol. This is why this drug is also so commonly used as a date rape drug. Just a few drops can knock a person completely unconscious in as little as 30 minutes. While it is used as a date rape drug, most use of GHB is intentional.

GHB Addiction: Signs and Symptoms

Signs and Symptoms of GHB Abuse

There are many signs and symptoms associated with GHB addiction and they are very noticeable and distinct compared to other commonly abused drugs. The signs of GHB abuse and addiction can include:

  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Excessive sweating
  • Tremors and shakes
  • Loss of motor control
  • Impulsive behavior
  • Heightened sexual arousal
  • Incoherent and slurred speech
  • Memory loss and amnesia
  • Increased agitation
  • Seizures
  • Loss of inhibitions
  • Feelings of euphoria
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety

GHB poisoning and overdose is very common because it is so easy to take too much. A potentially fatal dose of GHB is so small that a person can easily die from an overdose. The signs and symptoms of overdose include:

  • Agitation and combativeness
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Slowed breathing
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Low body temperature
  • Pale skin
  • Vomiting
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Seizures
  • Coma
  • Death

If you or someone you love is struggling with GHB abuse and are wanting to get sober, the best first step is to go through the detox process. The best way to do this is with a medically assisted detox as the withdrawal symptoms associated with GHB are not only painful, they can also be deadly. GHB withdrawal can take on the appearance of alcohol or benzodiazepine withdrawal. These symptoms can last anywhere from 2-21 days and flu-like symptoms include:

  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Insomnia
  • Sweating
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Physical tremors
  • Increased heart rate
  • Confusion
  • Delirium
  • Hallucinations
  • Psychotic thoughts

GHB Addiction Treatment

Once you have detoxed, the best and safest option to staying clean from GHB is by the use of one of the many treatment programs we offer at Recreate Life Counseling. We offer many different treatment programs that provide education and guidance for each individual to help them safely reintegrate into society. With the help of our team of therapists, we offer one on one, group therapy, as well as many other specialized options to fit each person’s needs.

Addiction isn’t an easy thing to face. Luckily you do not have to face it on your own. Our admissions counselors and professionals are available around the clock. We are ready to help you or a loved one overcome the disease of addiction. Now is the time to change your life. Let us help you do it.