GHB ā€“ what you need to know.

Here at Addiction Helper, we have noticed a recent increase in the amount of calls asking about residential rehabilitation for ā€œGā€ or GHB as it is more commonly known. Therefore, I think it is pertinent that we provide some more information about it.

What is GHB?

GHB is a natural substance found within the body which has been adapted for use within the medical field. In a medical setting, it is utilised as a general anaesthetic, or to treat conditions such as insomnia and depression. However, more recently it has also been used as a party-drug and in unfortunate incidents, as a date-rape drug.

What does GHB do?

Small doses of GHB act as a stimulant and so often individuals will take it at clubs or raves to increase the stimulation and therefore enhance their experience. It can heighten feelings of euphoria, and also act as an aphrodisiac.

What are the risks with GHB?

The fact that GHB is used as an anaesthetic in hospitals is indicative of the level of unconsciousness it can cause in a person. It acts extremely quickly and so often the user may be in real danger before them or the people around them even become aware of it. The fact it causes this level of unconsciousness also means it is often used as a date-rape drug due to the vulnerable position it places the person in. Aside from the risks from others, GHB also carries a high risk of causing breathing difficulties, convulsions, vomiting and cardiac arrest. When combined with alcohol, GHB becomes even more dangerous due to the fact it prevents the body from breaking down the alcohol, therefore leading to higher levels of toxicity.

GHB and the Law

GHB is a Class C drug, meaning that anyone found in possession could receive up to two years in prison and an unlimited fine. Supplying someone else with GHB can result in a prison sentence of up to fourteen years and an unlimited fine. Driving whilst under the influence of GHB is also illegal, which can result in a fine, loss of license or even imprisonment.

Is there any treatment available for someone addicted to GHB?

Yes. Addiction Helper can talk to you about a variety of treatments available for GHB addiction, ranging from residential drug clinics to self-help groups. Just call us on 0800 4488 688 and we will be happy to help.

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