What do I need to know about someone who is experiencing GHB addiction symptoms?

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Answered by: Jess, An Expert in the Addictions - General Category
Gamma hydroxybutyric acid, better known as GHB, is a naturally occurring substance in the body. However, GHB can also be synthetically designed and ingested. GHB is often used as a street drug and is common amongst teenagers and young adults who frequent dance clubs and raves.

This drug is more commonly known by its street names, which include Goop, Liquid Ecstasy, Scoop, and Liquid X. Millions of people in America and around the world are addicted to this harmful, dangerous drug. Many people think that because some GHB is naturally manufactured in the body, it is safe to take synthetic GHB. However, this is not true and GHB addiction can be serious.

Did you know that according to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, GHB usually sells for between $5 and $25 per cap full?

GHB is relatively easy to manufacture, thereby making it fairly easy to locate and purchase this drug. This drug is also relatively inexpensive to buy. For these reasons, many people think that addiction to GHB is not serious. Because GHB impacts different people in different ways, it is important to remember that just because someone you know who took GHB didn't have any negative side effects does not mean that you won't have any negative side effects, either. The effects that a person experiences from the use of GHB is entirely individualistic.

You should know the symptoms of overdosing on GHB so you can get immediate medical attention if you or someone you care about experiences any of them. These symptoms vary from one person to another, but can include:








If you or someone you care about has experienced a GHB overdose, you should seek medical treatment right away.

Did you know that as of November 2009 the Drug Enforcement Administration reported 71 deaths related to GHB? There's no reason for you or your loved one to add to this painful and scary statistic. GHB addiction recovery is possible with the right treatment. Don't wait until you or your loved one experience a GHB overdose before seeking treatment.

Many people who suffer from GHB addiction symptoms haven't pursued treatment because they fear that the symptoms associated with withdrawal will be far worse than the addiction symptoms. When discontinuing GHB use on your own withdrawal symptoms can be very serious, often mimicking alcohol withdrawal. Although symptoms of withdrawal vary from one individual to another, just as GHB addiction symptoms vary from one addict to another, the symptoms of withdrawal generally include:






Visual, auditory, and tactile hallucinations




Increased blood pressure

While it is true that these withdrawal symptoms are incredibly uncomfortable and potentially very serious, the good news is that you or your loved one don't have to experience them. Modern medicine allows people who are addicted to GHB to undergo a safe and comfortable medical detoxification process. This process is often the first and most important step of ending your GHB addiction symptoms forever and pursuing a happy, healthy, successful, and sober life.

Arranging for treatment can be one of the most stressful and overwhelming aspects of pursuing recovery. Everyday that you pursue a sober life is another day that you are closer to living your dreams. Don't be a victim to your GHB addiction symptoms. Get help today and start living the life that you want and deserve.

Recovering from GHB addiction is different for everyone, but most people start with a safe and comfortable medical detoxification process. After that many people proceed to residential treatment, although some people continue with outpatient treatment. The type of treatment that is best for you will be determined by you and your treatment team.

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