GBH: What is it?

GBH or Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate is known by many different names on the street including Gamma, Liquid X and Liquid ecstasy. It is often used by clubbers and referred to as a party drug because it produces a feeling of euphoria and serenity akin that of Ecstasy and increases the sex drive of the user. It has also been used as a date rape drug because it is colourless and odourless and has sedative effects which can potentially can render the victim defenceless to an assault. In some cases it can also result in amnesia and 69% of users report blacking out at some point during the short intense high it produces. The onset of effects occurs within 15 minutes of consuming the drug and lasts three to six hours. Body builders are also reported to have favoured this drug because of the way it synthesises protein and helps to burn muscle and reduce fat.

GBH is usually sold over the internet as a powder or a liquid and frequently this has been produced in illegal labs with no chemical quality control. The production of GHB usually 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. Having said, it is also produced by pharmaceutical companies with the brand name Xyrem and used to treat narcolepsy.

What are the Effects of GBH Addiction?

As with many party drugs, people are often unaware of their addictive potential and over time it is entirely possible that users can develop dependency and tolerance, two of the characteristics of addiction. This means that the person must use more of the substance to get the effects they are looking for and offset the feelings of withdrawal. Daily users can find that they must use every 3 – 4 hours.

GHB impacts some of the same areas of the brain as other sedative drugs such as alcohol and benzodiazepines and like with these drugs, people use GHB as a way to feel relaxed, uninhibited and less anxious.

In the short term the negative effects produced by GHB can include:

  • Damage to the Bladder and the Urinary Tract

  • Risk of Blood Borne Diseases if the Drug is Injected

  • Cardiovascular Problems

  • Damage to the Central Nervous System

  • Brain Damage

  • Psychosis Paranoia and Anxiety

  • Speech Difficulty

  • Erythema (Redness of the Skin)

  • Depression

  • Rapid Eye Movement

  • Feelings of Being Invulnerable

  • Loss of Family

  • Loss of Career and Financial Consequences

However, when GBH is used for a long period of time whether as prescribed, recreationally or as a daily user it can cause a wide variety of consequences and this is an area which is still currently being researched. These long term effects may include the following:

  • Erythema (Redness of the Skin)

  • Depression

  • Rapid Eye Movement

  • Feelings of Being Invulnerable

  • Loss of Family

  • Loss of Career and Financial Consequences

  • Erythema (Redness of the Skin)

  • Depression

  • Rapid Eye Movement

  • Feelings of Being Invulnerable

  • Loss of Family

  • Loss of Career and Financial Consequences

Withdrawal at Seasons Bali

Withdrawal from GHB can be severe and incapacitating, something that you would not expect from a self-classified party drug. The harshness of the detox, of course, depends on the length of time that the drug has been used for, the frequency of use and the general health of the user. At Seasons Bali we gather a detailed picture of all of these factors so that we can best assist the detox of the client during this part of the treatment program and alleviate the worst of the symptoms. This usually involves a tapered dose of mediation prescribed and supervised by our expert medical team. Symptoms can persist for 7 to 14 days and may include:

  • Anxiety and restlessness
  • Bone and muscle aches
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Tremors
  • Insomnia
  • Sweating
  • Chest pain
  • Hallucinations

During this time clients always benefit from the support of our understanding and supportive clinical team, most of whom are in recovery and understanding exactly the challenges that are faced.

GBH Addiction Treatment at Seasons Bali

Our drug rehab program follows a holistic model which treats all aspects of the client’s problem, helping to retrain the way they think and behave and improve their connection to themselves and the world around them. The varied treatment program includes one on one counselling, group therapy, art therapy, drama therapy, educational groups and relapse prevention work. Our schedule recognises the importance of other activities and also incorporates yoga, beach exercise and recreational weekend outings into our balanced offering.

This is delivered in a therapeutic community which has long been shown as the most effective way of creating long lasting change in an addict’s life. Furthermore, all the elements of our rehab treatment program are based on the latest research and the many years of experience brought to the table by our excellent team.

It is recommended that clients should stay for 90 days to fully solidify the changes they wish to make in their lives but we also offer programs that last 28 days and 60 days.

Our luxury rehab facility employs a lovely team of housekeeping staff to look after the day to day concerns of living and meals are provided by our gifted chef, giving clients the time and space to concentrate fully on their program of recovery. The exotic and nurturing environment provided by the island of Bali further supports the therapeutic work that is completed here and provides the ultimate backdrop to healing and long lasting transformation.

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