GHB is a club drug or a psychoactive substance often abused to cause euphoria or as a date rape drug.
According to the DEA, "GHB and its analogues are abused for their euphoric and calming effects and because some people believe they build muscles and cause weight loss."
Regular use of the drug can lead to addiction, and abuse can quickly get out of control. If you are concerned about your own GHB use, look for the signs of whether you may need GHB abuse treatment.
Psychological Signs of GHB Abuse
If you have been abusing GHB for more than a few months, you may need treatment in order to stop. Do you:
- Continue to abuse the drug even though you know it is not healthy for you?
- Feel that you cannot stop abusing GHB on your own?
- Crave GHB constantly?
- Look for excuses to abuse the drug?
- Put yourself into dangerous situations in order to obtain more GHB?
The drug is a Schedule I substance, "meaning that it has a high potential for abuse, no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision." If you have been abusing it for some time, you may start to feel similarly to the scenarios listed above or not feel able to stop abusing GHB. These are definite signs of addiction which prove that you need GHB abuse treatment now.
Physical Signs of GHB Abuse
GHB abuse can cause many physical issues such as:
- Slowed Heart Rate
- Lowered Body Temperature
- Withdrawal symptoms of anxiety, tremors, sweating and insomnia
Nausea is one of the most common side effects of the drug, but experiencing any or all of these issues constantly is a problem. If you feel that the side effects and physical issues caused by GHB abuse are beginning to take their toll, you should stop taking the drug immediately, for which abuse treatment will likely be necessary because of the intensity of the drug's addictive nature.
According to the NIDA, "Combined use with other drugs such as alcohol can result in nausea and breathing difficulties." Any issue with respiratory depression can cause coma and death. If you experience these problems (and especially if you abuse GHB with alcohol regularly), you should seek treatment immediately before the possibilities worsen.
Behavioral Signs of GHB Abuse
If you abuse GHB every day, find yourself thinking about the drug all the time, and change the way you live your life based on your drug abuse, you should absolutely seek treatment. Any time that you feel you will not be able to quit on your own or that you have been abusing a substance to the point of personal harm, you should attend drug abuse treatment.
These individuals might exhibit behaviors like:
- Only spending time with others who abuse GHB.
- Becoming increasingly paranoid and hostile toward others.
- Being very secretive when it comes to what substances they take and how much.
- Saying "I need GHB" or making other statements that show they are no longer in control of their drug use.
If you are concerned, check yourself for these warning signs. For someone who reflects many of these signs, there may be a necessity for GHB abuse treatment.