Known by the chemical name of gamma hydroxybutyrate, it is typically an odorless, colorless liquid with a slightly salty flavor. Well known as a “club drug”, GHB addiction in West Palm Beach is a problem with use rapidly growing among high school and college students. Sadly, GHB is also known as the “date rape drug” due to the ease in which it can be slipped into an unknowing individual’s drink. The drug is qualified as a sedative and can cause dizziness, drowsiness, confusion and memory loss.
Although the effects GHB has on neurochemistry are unknown, very small doses have the potential to be fatal. Generally consumed in liquid form, GHB can also be administered in powder form, tablets or capsules. How one reacts to GHB varies and the effects tend to show 10-20 minutes after taking it, and last up to 4 hours. Due to the feelings of euphoria and lack of inhibition individuals experience, the potential for GHB addiction in West Palm Beach, as well as across the United States and Europe, is high.
Those who use GHB regularly have reported feelings of increased energy, increasing affection and sociability and enhanced sexual experience. However, serious side effects related to GHB addiction include; excessive vomiting, memory loss, slowed breathing and heart rate, severe headaches and loss of consciousness.
GHB is metabolized within the body at an extremely quick rate making long term addiction hard to detect using regular medical tests. No long term studies have yet to be conducted making the effects GHB has on the body unknown, but researchers do believe that because of the powerful sedative effects that drug can affect the memory and learning functions of the brain.
The Delray Center for Healing has numerous options regarding treatment for the GHB addiction. If you or someone you know is struggling with any type of addiction, seek help today. Inpatient and outpatient options are available and they will work with you to help you achieve success in fighting your battle with addiction.