What is GHB?
GHB (gamma hydroxybutyric) is a central nervous system depressant, it acts in a similar way as alcohol making users feel confident and euphoric. In higher doses it can cause drowsiness, nausea, unconsciousness and even amnesia. GHB usually comes in a liquid or crystalline form, it is a tasteless and odourless, its effects are intensified when mixed with alcohol. Because of these properties it is also a common club drug and date rape drug.
Who Abuses GHB?
GHB abuse is relatively rare in Thailand however a growing number of addicted clients from around the world come to Thailand seeking rehab for GHB abuse. At Siam Rehab the majority of clients coming for GHB rehab come from Europe.
GHB is mainly abused by high school and college students as well as young adults that are into the club and rave scenes since it can be an alternative to ecstasy. Also in a research study done in 2005 in Los Angeles it was found that 40% of young men 18 – 22 years old who identify as gay have tried club drugs.
How to Treat GHB Addiction?
GHB addiction is treated very much like other chemical addictions unless you are heavily physically dependent on the drug. If you are physically dependent to GHP you will need to detox in your home country in a hospital or dedicated GHB detox facility prior to attending Siam Rehab Thailand. The reason for this is that once you are physically dependent to GHB you will need specialised care for the initial week or two in order to safely detox from the drug.
After the detox is completed, at Siam Rehab you will take part in group and one to one therapy as well as physical training, experiential therapy such as equine assisted therapy, art therapy, mindfulness mediation, etc. The goal will be to help you understand why you are abusing the drug and dealing with the issues that lead you to GHB addiction in the first place.
You will also take part in a programme that will explore how you will stay clean and sober afterwards which will include developing a personalized and actionable aftercare plan to give you the best chance possible at a lifetime of recovery without relapse and falling back into old behaviors.
Symptoms of GHB Use
GHB’s effects can last from 90 minutes to 3 hours depending on the amount a frequency used. Symptoms of GHB addiction can range from nausea, slow breathing, vomiting, seizures and even death in some cases.
What to Do if you are Addicted to GHB
If you are addicted to GHB or trying to help someone who is, know you are not alone and there is help available. Talk to your local general practitioner or drug and alcohol hot line. Also Siam Rehab has helped a considerable number of people looking for GHB rehab in Thailand lead clean and sober lives after treatment.