GHB Addiction – It’s real, it’s dangerous and there’s treatment

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GHB. It's often a knock out

GHB (or Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate) was originally intended to be used as an anesthetic, but in recent years it has become one of the most used drugs at parties and raves, and it is also widely used as an anabolic steroid sold at gyms. The more sinister use of GHB has been that of a “date rape” drug, as GHB acts as a central nervous system depressant. The effects of GHB can be similar to alcohol, and although it is used for certain nefarious means the drug is mostly used by party goers, and is increasingly used by the gay and lesbian community. Sometimes known as “liquid ecstasy” the drug can make the user feel less anxious and attain a certain calm.

Via AddictionSearch:

Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate (GHB) is a sedative and classified as a central nervous system depressant. The drug is known to occur naturally in the body and may have a role in inducing sleep. GHB is a controlled drug in the USA and is classified as a schedule I controlled substance.

Gamma Hydroxybutyrate (GHB) is an illicit chemical that has become a major cause of drug-related comas in the US. GHB is fast becoming the most common cause of ilicit drug induced coma. The drug traffickers also claim that the drug is an antidepressant, can help reduce weight and has anabolic properties – none of which is substantiated by scientific data.

Use of GHB has been on the rise for the past 20 years or so. The purpose varies from user to user, but the most common seems to be for relaxation and the sense of peace and calm that comes from ingesting the drug. Frequent use of GHB can lead to nasty side effects, including vomiting, agitation, hallucinations and in some circumstances it can lead to a coma. Even scarier is the fact that modern medicine has not established a clear “protocol” to deal with overdose symptoms and abuse. That is not to say that you shouldn’t seek the help of a doctor if you are experiencing the side effects of GHB, especially since relapses are very common and can lead to depression and anxiety.

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GHB Addiction – It’s real, it’s dangerous and there’s treatment

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