GHB is known as a drug that people use to harm others, but that is not the only use. This party drug is one people use to feel good when out dancing, as a supplement, and also to take advantage of people, in some cases. This is where it got the nickname ‘date rape drug.’ It can take up to an hour for GHB to peak, making it more likely people will take more and accidentally overdose. Find out more about this potentially dangerous drug and how to avoid the pitfalls.

Defining GHB

GHB or Gamma Hydroxybutyrate is a depressant of the central nervous system. The levels of GHB present in the brain are lower than they become under the drug’s influence but they do occur in the brain naturally. When the drug is given to people without them knowing, to take advantage of them, it is called ‘the date rape drug,’ for its odorless, colorless, and even tastelessness, which can be slipped into food or drink. The results are people blacking out, passing out, and not remembering anything that happened, making this a perfect crime in some cases.

Other Uses for GHB

The drug GHB has effects on people they don’t expect. It is hard to detect the drug and people are often assaulted using this drug. A high dose of the drug is strong enough to knock someone unconscious and they may not wake up for several hours. People who take bodybuilding and weight loss pills that contain ephedrine may use GHB to counteract the effects of ephedrine. Euphoria is another reason people use the drug, but the side effects are scary, including amnesia, nausea, slowed breathing, and unconsciousness.

Mixing Cocktails with GHB

GHB is often consumed in settings where people are partying. It is common for people to mix it with alcohol. However, when GHB and alcohol are combined, it can be difficult to know what dosage was taken. Both are sedatives and are combined in large amounts to cause lethal consequences. A person who consumed both GHB and alcohol may first feel intoxicated and then drowsy. Very high doses can result in the person falling into a deep sleep and never awaken.

GHB Addiction

Addiction to GHB is a real concern for some people. Symptoms of addiction include cravings, continued use of drugs in spite of consequences, health problems, relationship issues, and more. Withdrawal symptoms are difficult to deal with, but not impossible. Suffering from an addiction to GHB is difficult but anxiety and other mental health issues can be dealt with appropriately when necessary. The key is to be patient and support a loved one going through addiction recovery and ask them how help can be offered for their challenges. Good rehab is often a safe place to be vulnerable and seek support from those who have been there and can help. Never underestimate n. the power of going to rehab to seek help for addiction.

A Step in the Right Direction can provide you with the care you need to move forward with addiction recovery from GHB or other substances. Our recovery program is staffed by people who understand the power of addiction. For more information about sober living programs for men and women as well as recovery programs, call (877) 377-3702