GBH Rehabilitation & Recovery Treatment Centre Melbourne, Victoria
What is GBH?
GBH or Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate affects the dopamine production of the brain in a similar way to other sedative drugs such as alcohol and benzodiazepines. Taking this drug actually affects several different neural pathways at once, including one which regulates growth hormones.
People generally use GBH to feel more relaxed, less inhibited and less anxious so it is often used in social settings and at parties. It is also reported to be used by body builders because of the way it synthesises protein and helps to build muscle and reduce fat.
GBH is a colourless and odourless substance which has also been tagged a date rape drug as it can often immobilise the person who has ingested it and render them unable to defend themselves. It is also frequently reported that people using GBH suffer from black outs and memory loss.
GBH is sold over the internet as a powder or a liquid. It has usually been produced in illegal laboratories with no chemical quality control. The production of GHB involves the use of lye or drain cleaner mixed with GBL, a chemical cousin of GHB, and an industrial solvent often used to strip floors.
GBH is also produced by pharmaceutical companies with the brand name Xyrem and can be used in the treatment of narcolepsy.
Street Names for GBH
GBH is known by many different names on the street depending on the location and age group of the users.
- Grievous Bodily Harm
- Cherry Meth
- Liquid X
- Liquid ecstasy
- Liquid G
Effects of GBH Addiction
When GBH is taken its effects can be felt anywhere between 15 minutes and one hour. The high lasts for between three to six hours depending on the tolerance of the user and the strength of the dose taken.
As with many substances classed as ‘party drugs’ people can be unaware of their potentially addictive qualities. Users of this drug can develop both tolerance and dependency which are two hallmarks of addiction. Daily users can find that they must use every 3 to 4 hours just to feel alright.
Every addict’s path into addiction varies. This is a complex disease with many underlying layers which coupled together with trauma, abuse, depression and anxiety make it difficult to diagnose and treat without effective residential addiction treatment.
GBH can cause a wide variety of consequences and this is an area which is still currently being researched.
- Muscle Pain
- Respiratory depression
- Cardiovascular collapse
- Changes in the brain chemistry – short term
- Changes in the structure and function of the brain – long term
- Neglecting personal hygiene
- Disturbed sleep
- Unhealthy eating habits
- Difficulty concentrating
- Lying to yourself/denial
- Memory loss
- Mood Swings
- Potential increase in risky behaviour
- Financial problems
- Sexual problems
- Lack of interest in activities once enjoyed
- Lack of interest in work/school
- Lack of interest and ability in maintain relationships/friendships
- Damaged relationships with family members
- Lying to others
- Damaged self-esteem and self-worth
- Damaged relationship with self
- Lack of interest in life
- Inability to function without the drug
- Continued use despite negative consequences
The signs and symptoms of GBH addiction get progressively worse over time and there will be no resolution until effective addiction treatment and aftercare are sought.
The Best GBH addiction Treatment in Melbourne – The Hader Clinic
In response to this epidemic, the Hader Clinic has developed a specialist GBH drug rehab, guaranteeing the complex needs of these clients are met. Moreover, this approach maximises the prospect of a successful long-term recovery.
Withdrawal from GBH
Withdrawal from GHB can be very debilitating, something that you would not expect from a self-classified ‘party drug’. The severity of the detox depends on the length of time that the drug has been used for, the frequency of use and the general health of the user.
Acute symptoms can persist for 7 to 14 days and may include:
- Anxiety and restlessness
- Bone and muscle aches
- Nausea and vomiting
- Chest pain
The Two Stages of Withdrawal – Acute and Post-Acute
There are potentially two stages of withdrawal from GBH addiction. The first stage has immediate acute symptoms and these are usually both physical and physiological. During stage two, former users experience post-acute withdrawal symptoms or PAWS.
These refer to a number of psychological symptoms which can last for weeks or months after the user has stopped taking the drug. This is one of many reasons why residential treatment is the most effective way to treat GBH addiction.
Post-acute withdrawal symptoms can include:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Lack of motivation
- Inability to feel pleasure
- Anger or emotional outbursts
Our GHB Drug Rehab Program in Melbourne
The Residential Program is fully supervised 24 hours a day by a team of professional dedicated staff who want nothing more than to assist clients in their treatment goals. All of our support staff are well-qualified and in recovery themselves creating a nurturing environment where real transformation is not only possible but tangible. They are great examples for clients entering our special GHB rehab program who have given up hope that things can ever change.
Our GHB drug rehab utilizes a holistic treatment model alongside specialist psychological and medical care.
Call our team at the best GHB addiction treatment centre in Australia for a free consultation about how we can help you or your loved one.