GHB is short for ‘gamma hydroxybutyrate’. This drug is classed as a depressant and hallucinogen. GHB is also classed as a sedative since it effects the central nervous system when consumed. GHB is often used as a sleeping pill and anaesthetic. GHB is also consumed as a ‘party drug’. The drug is usually consumed orally and commonly mixed with alcohol. Once consumed GHB effects last up to three hours. GHB effects are prolonged if consumed with alcohol.
GHB health risks
Health implications of GHB consumption includes:
- Breathing difficulties
- Seizures and tremors
Since GHB is odourless and causes a lack of muscle control it is commonly used as a date rape drug.
GHB withdrawal symptoms
When withdrawal is attempted a number of symptoms occur. Symptoms are of a physical and psychological nature meaning relapse is particularly difficult to avoid without medical attention.
Withdrawal symptoms include:
- Muscle pain
- Panic attacks
Our GHB rehabilitation programme
When you choose Ocean Recovery in Blackpool as your GHB rehabilitation programme provider you will receive 24-hour a day medical attention. During this period withdrawal symptoms are closely monitored and prescription drugs may be offered in order to ease pain.
Following detoxification you will take part in a number of counselling and therapy sessions. Such sessions take place in group and individual settings. Cognitive behavioural therapy aims to educate patients on the dangers of taking GHB. Our patients are armed with powerful coping strategies which prevent relapse upon leaving our centre.
A relapse prevention plan is drawn up and a procedure is put in place should relapse occur after leaving our centre. We also encourage patients to engage Narcotics Anonymous.
For quick access to GHB rehabilitation call Ocean Recovery today
Address: Ocean Recovery Centre, 94 Queens Promenade, Blackpool, Lancashire FY2 9NS
Landline: 0125 353 0553