Throughout the years, many prescription drugs have become prime targets for causing serious addictions. For some people, addiction is sneaky and comes from a medication used during an illness. For others, the use of a drug that induces euphoria and serene calmness is too enticing to resist. The drug that induces euphoria and that strange calmness is the reason for you or someone you love may need GHB treatment.
Schedule 1 Drug
GHB, Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate, is a Schedule I controlled substance. It is classified as a central nervous system depressant and can have multiple side effects that many illicit drug users find pleasant. First developed in Europe as an analgesic, it has since become widely abused and the choice drug for illicit use in many countries. No longer used in the traditional sense of analgesic medicine, GHB hit the bodybuilding scene.
Bodybuilders and GHB Addiction
Many bodybuilders have admitted using this drug because of its steroid and anabolic properties. However, there are no scientific results showing proof about this medication helping to build muscle or to help people lose weight. Instead, it is highly addictive and has a host of serious side effects, one being a coma and respiratory distress. The bodybuilder first taking this drug for its anabolic properties can quickly become addicted to some of the effects it has on the central nervous system.
Multiple Addictions and GHB Addiction
Most people who end up abusing Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate are also using other prescription drugs to get high. Many Valium users have been reported to be favorable to Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate. Statistics also show that alcohol abusers seem to favor this drug as well. Keep in mind one substance addiction leads to another for many people. Making sure you or someone you care about receives rehabilitation is important for any addiction.
Crackdowns in the use of Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate by government officials led to the creation of another drug closely related to GHB. This new concoction is called Gamma Butyrolactone, GBL for short. GBL is popularly used in gyms and nightclubs. The chemical used to make this medication turn into GHB in the body. The side effects are the same and have been noted to be highly addictive. In fact, this is the drug renowned as the date rape drug.
Family and Friends Can Help
While getting the right treatment is important and in some cases, absolutely vital for survival, there are many addicts that will not give in and go to rehab. Addiction can take a stronghold sometimes and take over someone’s entire being and life. Learning more about how to reach inside an addict is best when friends and family members get involved with rehab professionals.
Most addicts shy away from rehab due to the fear of withdrawal symptoms. Most addicts have probably had a taste of the physical pain, anxiety and terrified mental state that comes with withdrawal. For some addicts, facing this kind of pain is too much even for those that wish to take the drug. In fact, stopping this drug abruptly can be dangerous due to its uncertain unpredictability.