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Created On Wednesday, 25, November 2009
Modified On Thursday, 01, October 2020

GHB Detox and Rehabilitation Programs in the United States

A habitual user of GHB is at great risk both while using and withdrawing from the drug. So where the decision has been made by a person (or for a person in extreme resistive to treatment cases) a monitored detox for GHB is vital. This is because the controlled setting itself can be the only way to have a person stop using but stay safe and out of harm's way. In cases of severe withdrawals that include violent lashing out, restraints may have to be used for a period of time. All GHB detoxes should be in a relatively locked down setting so as to avoid running out into traffic, or other potential disasters which the user will not be in control of nor perceiving properly. The first few days of detox can be relatively uneventful. However, from day 3, 4, and on, the with drawls become unpredictable, and great care must be taken. Psychosis is common at this point, hallucinatory episodes, violent behavior, etc. is what can happen from day 3 and on and up to 14 days after stopping GHB. For these reasons alone, controlled detox cannot be recommended highly enough. Once detoxification is done, the addict should continue treatment at a drug rehabilitation center, whether it is an outpatient and inpatient facility.

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WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS DURING GHB DETOX

  • Users describe the "hole in your soul" feeling, deep suicidal depression.
  • Can't sleep
  • Hallucinations, psychotic thinking, and behavior
  • Agitation, violence
  • Panic attacks
  • Profuse sweating
  • Soaring blood pressure and pulse rate

Since so many GHB users die from an accidental overdose, the sooner a GHB user can be brought to understand the nature and reality of their addiction, the likelier the person will be able to survive their addiction and fully recover. Because of the fast burn up in the body, often GHB use is undetected but was the reason why a sudden cardiac arrest at age 30 for instance. So for GHB detox yes it is extremely vital, and the sooner the better in all cases.

What is GHB and What is it Used For?

GHB is Gamma Hydroxybutyric, which is made from gamma-butyrolactone knew as GBL, Sodium Hydroxide or Potassium Hydroxide. These chemicals are mainly the base of solvent to degrease or floor stripper with drain cleaner. So when someone ingests GBL, it will produce GHB in the body. GHB was used as a general anesthetic to treat sleeping problems, alcohol addiction, narcolepsy and so athletes can improve performance. Illegally, GHB was used as an intoxic