What is GHB?

GHB is a central nervous system depressant. GHB is often manufactured in homes with recipes and kits found and purchased on the Internet, it can be made from things we commonly use as floor and drain cleaner.

GHB is usually taken orally, either in liquid or powder form. GHB has a salty taste; however, it is often diluted in liquids and virtually undetectable. GHB is commonly used as a date rape drug but body builders have also used GHB to stimulate muscle growth.

GHB can be produced in clear liquid, white powder, tablet, and capsule forms. It is colorless and odorless and when it is slipped into a drink at a club or bar, or mixed with enough water, it is completely tasteless.

GHB is commonly used as a "date rape drug." It causes users to feel numb.

Effects of GHB

GHB can be given to a person without there knowledge or consent. If you believe someone is under the influence of GHB and was given GHB without there knowledge it is important to bring them to the nearest emergency room. If someone has been abusing GHB and they may also be experiencing similar symptoms.

• Nausea
• Difficulty breathing and thinking
• Hallucinating
• Slurred speech
• Amnesia
• Loss of muscle control

GHB Withdrawal

GHB withdrawal can be uncomfortable for users, emotionally and physically. The signs someone may be experiencing withdrawal from GHB are:

• Irritability
• Psychosis
• Anxiety
• Memory Loss

• Seizures
• Tremors
• sweating, body aches, like the flu
• Difficulty sleeping
• Diarrhea, nausea and vomiting


The timeline of withdrawal from GHB is similar to alcohol or benzo’s, since it is in the central nervous system depressant family.

Days 1 – 3: Some people can feel withdrawal symptoms within 24 hours without the drug, this may include nausea, and vomiting or tremors.
Days 4 – 7: Feeling of exhaustion or confusion may persist.
Days 8 – 14: Usually this is when your anxiety and irritability are heightened, some may experience insomnia or post-acute withdrawal symptoms such as body aches.

Addicted to GHB, Now What?

The best way to treat a GHB addiction is by seeking help. Entering treatment allows medical professionals and clinical therapists to determine the severity of the addiction, find and treat any underlying co-occurring disorders and helps those addicted to GHB learn new coping skills, create recovery communities and finally end their addiction to GHB. Amatus Recovery Facilities located around the country can help make this process easier. Every facility evaluates patients and learns about their history with addiction. This helps us create a treatment plan specifically for you. Once a treatment plan is created a team of dedicated professionals will determine the severity of the addiction and if medical detox is needed.

Since seizures are a side effect of GHB withdrawal it is best to detox under medical supervision, where addiction professionals have established safety protocols and properly use techniques and medications to lessen the severe side effects of withdrawal.


Detox can include uncomfortable symptoms, but 24-hour medical professionals will help to ensure safety and comfort. After the withdrawal symptoms subside is when an individual can continue the path of recovery during inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient or outpatient programs.

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