Gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB) is a depressant drug with hypnotic effects like that of sedatives. It was originally developed as a pre-surgery anesthetic, but later became a drug widely abused at parties. Specifically, it has become common for GBH to be used in drink spiking in order to aid in cases of sexual assault or theft. Rehabs in NJ warn against its dis-inhibiting and amnesiac effects being used on unsuspecting individuals, as well as the great potential of overdose that puts those who abuse the drug at risk.
Can GHB Effect People Differently?
Depressants in general slow down the activity of the brain and other parts of the central nervous system. However, the effects of GHB depend on a long list of factors, including:
- The type of GHB taken
- The height, weight, general health, mood, and past experiences with GHB of the individual taking it
- Whether or not the drug is used on its own, with alcohol, or other depressant drugs
- Whether or not GHB is taken alone or in a group of people
- Social influences of those around the person taking it
- The type of environment in which GHB is taken
The effects of GHB also vary greatly according to the amount used, with even a small increase in amount results in a dramatic increase in effects.
The most risky aspects of using GHB comes from the fact that there is a small difference in the amount used for a desired high and the amount that can cause an overdose. Additionally, there is often no way to be sure that the drug is manufactured correctly. Improperly made GHB may result in an extremely toxic mixture that can also be deadly.
How Can Rehabs in NJ Help with GHB Use?
In the case of an emergency where an individual has potentially overdosed on GHB, call an ambulance immediately. Otherwise, substance abuse involving GHB can be treated by the Discovery Institute. With intervention services, medically supervised detox, and specialized treatment plans, Discovery can support you or a loved one in setting up a sober lifestyle free of GHB and all drugs. Contact us for more information today.