GHB (Gamma Hydroxybutyrate) is a central nervous system (CNS) depressant that is often referred to as a “club drug” or “date rape” drug.
Teens and young adults most commonly abuse GHB to enhance their party experiences at clubs, bars, parties, and raves. Users usually use GHB by mixing its liquid form into an alcoholic beverage and drinking it. The liquid version of GHB is odorless and tasteless, making it a common drug used on unsuspecting victims to facilitate sexual assault. Our Delaware drug rehab is aware that sedatives like GHB are often taken for the high they produce. What many users don’t realize is that GHB effects can be severe and can even include ailments like an addiction.
GHB works by increasing the neurotransmitter activity called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which carries messages between cells. However, GABA is also an inhibitory neurotransmitter, which means it blocks certain brain signals and decreases activity in the CNS. When a person takes GHB, GABA attaches to GABA receptors in the brain, producing a calming effect or high. GHB’s side effects make it a common recreational drug among people who like to party in nightclubs and raves because of the high it produces. Recreational GHB abuse is highly dangerous and can lead to addiction. Many people who begin casually using GHB often find themselves in need of medical detox. Its inhibitory impact on the body reduces a person’s ability to defend themself against sexual assault, making it a common date rape drug, as well. It can also cause memory loss, preventing victims from identifying their attackers.
The GHB effects usually begin about 15 to 30 minutes and intensify after 20 to 60 minutes.1 How long GHB stays in a person’s system and the intensity of its effects depends on the dose ingested and whether it’s mixed with other substances.
Short-term effects of GHB include:
GHB overdose is a common risk in users because it’s often mixed with alcohol. Using it frequently with other substances also increases the risk of dependence and physical complications. Memory deficiencies and other cognitive issues are common among long-time GHB users.
GHB long-term effects include:
More and more reports illustrate the addictive nature of GHB and its potential to cause withdrawal symptoms and overdose. Recreational drug use of any kind can be dangerous and life-threatening. Banyan Treatment Centers Delaware has helped numerous people recover from the effects of substance abuse with the help of our detox programs.