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GHB — or gamma-hydroxybutyrate — is a central nervous system depressant that naturally occurs within the body. It has a range of medical applications, but most recently, has been co-opted by party scenes as a powerful gateway to euphoria and increased libido. The substance can be easily abused, and is highly addictive. The Hader Clinic employs a holistic model of GHB addiction treatment.
We begin with GHB withdrawal treatment — withdrawal can be a physically taxing experience. The body of the GHB addiction treatment then focuses on the psychological, emotional, social, and spiritual consequences of addiction.
As a specialist private hospital, we are experts at helping patients through all stages of recovery, from detox and withdrawal, to inpatient rehabilitation, to outpatient services. Each GHB treatment program features specific therapies and costs, giving patients the greatest shot at long term recovery.
The signs of GHB abuse, both under the influence and post-use, are quite noticable compared to other substances.
As GHB is a controlled substance used to treat conditions like narcolepsy, any use of it outside of the correct dosage in a medical setting is considered abuse.
GHB is also anomalous because of how widely its effects vary, and how it effects every user differently.
Users exhibiting some or many of the following symptoms should contact our Melbourne GHB rehab centre as soon as possible.
The true effects of GHB addiction can infiltrate through all facets of life. They are serious, and rarely remain relegated to weekend partying. However, with specialised GHB addiction treatment from The Hader Clinic, they can be addressed.
GHB withdrawals can be difficult for patients who use the substances daily as a sleeping aid, workout supplement, and anti-depressant. GHB withdrawal begins with soaring blood pressure, increased pulse, and panic attacks. After this stage, patients may seem fine and ready for discharge.
In reality, withdrawal progresses over the next few days, leaving patients to experience a mix of symptoms, including:
The Hader Clinic’s Melbourne rehab site has strong clinical experience administering GHB withdrawal treatment. Our multidisciplinary team can prescribe medication when necessary, and also offer psychological care during withdrawal. The addiction-breaking groundwork laid during our GHB withdrawal treatment is crucial for the next stages of recovery.
It's true — GHB is a notorious date rape drug. It is usually colourless and without odour, with a slightly bitter or salty taste, making it easy to slip into drinks undetected.
However, in the 1960s, GHB was initially synthesised as a drug to treat insomnia, depression, narcolepsy, and alcoholism — and still is to this day. It's also used as a growth hormone stimulant for bodybuilders and athletes.
It is also taken consensually by individuals and groups in a variety of settings. In the short term, GHB can contribute to feelings of euphoria, an increase in sex drive, and lowered inhibitions. It also has a range of adverse effects, including drowsiness, tremors, nausea, and diarrhoea.
Due to its euphoric effects and designation as a party drug, GHB is a prime candidate for a poly drug use. As popular as it is, GHB can be one of the more dangerous elements of poly drug use, potentially leading to stroke, seizures, coma, and death.
Due to its depressive effects, GHB is often taken to ease the comedown from stimulants and other substances. This reliance on both substances at one time can lead to addiction of both simultaneously.
Abusing GHB leaves users open to a severe risk of overdose. There is a tiny margin between a dose that produces the desired effects, and a dose that is over the limit of human consumption.
Serious adverse effects include:
Concentration between vials and batches varies widely, so it's impossible to know how much of the active ingredient one is ingesting.
GHB is an addictive drug, and addiction is not a choice — but a disease. It affects everyone from all walks of life, no matter their age, income, gender, race, or level of intelligence. Addiction doesn't discriminate. Fortunately, like many diseases, it can be treated.
We successfully treat all kinds of people for all types of addiction. Patients are accepted on a case-by-case basis and given a personalised GHB addiction treatment plan. That plan stretches from GHB withdrawal treatment to outpatient support, helping them reintegrate into the outside world. Our expertise gives patients the best possible chance at recovery.
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