Have you ever heard of the party drug GHB? It is a potent central nervous system depressant that has become increasingly popular in the last decade. If you or someone you love is a partygoer, it’s essential to know what GHB is and how to recognize its potential signs of abuse. After all, GHB is also known as a “date rape drug.” Call 717.969.9126 to speak with someone from Recovery Ranch PA about party drugs like GHB and our addiction treatment programs.
What Are Party Drugs?
Party drugs are recreational drugs used mainly by young adults and teens at nightclubs, parties, or special events. They may also be called “club drugs.” Many people take these drugs to experience heightened euphoria or relaxation. Some popular party drugs include the following:
- Gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB)
- Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), also known as acid
- 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), also known as molly or ecstasy
Rohypnol and GHB are also known as “date rape drugs” because people can use them to facilitate sexual assault or rape. GHB can also cause amnesia, making people forget that they were victimized.
What Is GHB?
GHB is a central nervous system depressant that produces sedative-like effects on the brain and feelings of relaxation and euphoria. It is known by many names, including the following:
- “Georgia home boy”
- “Grievous Bodily Harm” (“GBH”)
- “Liquid ecstasy”
- “Salt water”
GHB is a colorless, odorless liquid that can be swallowed in shots or mixed with other drinks such as alcoholic beverages or soda. It can also come in the form of a white powder that can be dissolved in liquid. Overall, consumption of GHB typically involves a drink. When mixed with alcohol, the combination is an example of polysubstance use—which can heighten GHB’s potential risks. GHB has a mild, salty taste which can be difficult to detect in drinks.
Signs of GHB Abuse
Some common signs of GHB abuse include the following:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Slurred speech
- Loss of consciousness or blackouts
Substance abuse also leads to addiction. However, the primary danger of GHB is that it can be toxic and lead to overdose. GHB overdoses can cause seizures, coma, slowed heart rate, or even death.
Benefits of Undergoing Addiction Treatment
The most important benefit associated with undergoing addiction treatment—sometimes also known as substance abuse treatment—is that it provides individuals with an opportunity to restore their life to normalcy.
In addiction treatment programs, clients learn how to manage triggers that could lead them back into relapse mode again. By attending an accredited program like those offered at Recovery Ranch PA, people struggling with GHB abuse and addiction can gain access to evidence-based treatments such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). This therapy can help them learn new coping skills while also addressing underlying mental health issues which may have triggered their addictive behaviors in the first place. Other approaches often included in addiction treatment programs include individual counseling, group therapy, and family therapy.
If you or someone you love has experienced taking GHB as a “date rape drug,” the professional treatment you seek should consider related mental health issues—such as unresolved trauma or other co-occurring disorders that may have developed after taking the drug. With another diagnosable mental health condition, the ideal treatment plan should treat addiction and co-occurring issues simultaneously.
Find Addiction Treatment Programs at Recovery Ranch PA
If you or someone you love is struggling with GHB-related problems, get professional help immediately. Contact Recovery Ranch PA today at 717.969.9126 to speak with someone and learn more about our GHB addiction treatment program. With proper care and support, you or your loved one can get back on track and live a life free from substance abuse or addiction.