GHB is a psychoactive drug that stands for gamma-hydroxybutyric acid. In the medical industry, GHB is used as a general anesthetic but recreationally, this drug is often used to increase athletic performance, “enhance” a club or party experience, or as a “date rape” drug.
Used as an intoxicant, GHB affects the central nervous system and acts as a depressant. The drug can easily cause GHB addiction; between 1990 and 2015, 72 deaths and more than 15,600 GHB overdoses were reported.
GHB goes by the name G, Liquid G, Liquid X, Liquid E, Juice, and Georgia Home Boy on the street and is relatively inexpensive to obtain. When individuals seek the drug, they seek it for GHB symptoms that include:
- A feeling of euphoria
- Enhanced libido
- A calming effect
- Increased impulsive behavior
Dangers & Effects
As opposed to other drugs, GHB is often used on a “one-time” basis instead of consistently, however, there are exceptions and some develop a psychological need for it. When an individual ingests the drug, they may experience GHB drug effects such as:
Short-term effects include:
- Nausea or vomiting
- A feeling of weakness
- Breathing issues
Long-term effects include:
- Respiratory depression
- Muscle pains
- Extreme anxiety
- Mouth sores and/or infections
When it comes to individuals who have built up a tolerance to GHB, withdrawal symptoms can begin just a few hours after their last dose. The effects can last anywhere from a few days to 21 days and include:
- Nausea and/or vomiting
If you or a loved one have developed a dependence on GHB, Victory Bay is here to help. Our GHB drug abuse rehab programs are tailored to each individual and assess your needs and your goals. We offer a state-of-the-art facility in New Jersey that provides a safe, comfortable setting during your recovery process. Getting help is just the first step and with our professional doctors and staff members, you can trust that you’ll be in good hands as you prepare for a long, healthy life.