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GHB Addiction Treatment at Adelante Recovery Centers

GHB (gamma-hydroxybutyrate) is a central nervous system depressant that produces feelings of euphoria, sociability, and relaxation. It’s a common party drug used in the Party and Play (PnP) scene, also known as wired play, to increase sexual arousal and reduce inhibitions. Using GHB comes with serious risks, including overdose, seizures, and coma. Because it causes drowsiness and disorientation, like roofies, GHB is sometimes used as a date rape drug to commit sexual assault.

If you are struggling with addiction to GHB, the team at Adelante Recovery is here to help. Our evidence-based addiction treatment programs incorporate the latest science and therapeutic practices to help you overcome GHB addiction and physical dependence. 

Our Orange County rehabilitation center in Newport Beach, CA offers sweeping coastal views and easy access to some of Southern California’s most beautiful beaches. We strive to create a home away from home where you can relax and focus on recovery from drug addiction.

What Is GHB

What Is GHB?

GHB is an illegal drug that acts as a central nervous system depressant, slowing down signals between the brain and body. It’s often used as a party drug to reduce inhibitions and increase arousal and pleasure. It has also been used in date rape cases.

GHB is considered a Schedule 1 controlled substance, the strictest category for controlled drugs. It goes by several names, including “liquid ecstasy” or “blue nitro.” GHB is usually swallowed, but sometimes injected anally. If taken repeatedly, it’s possible to become dependent on GHB.

Effects of Using GHB

The effects of GHB abuse depend on how much you take and how often.

Short-term effects can include:

  • Relaxation
  • Drowsiness
  • Euphoria
  • Increased sex drive
  • Loss of coordination
  • Mood changes
  • Anxiety
  • Blackouts
  • Amnesia
  • Psychotic thoughts
  • Hallucinations

GHB overdose can cause coma, seizures, and even death.

Long-term effects of GHB abuse can include:

  • Heart disease
  • Extreme anxiety
  • Memory problems
  • Breathing problems
GHB Abuse
withdrawal from GHB

Withdrawal from GHB

Quitting GHB after using it for a long time can lead to withdrawal symptoms, such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Agitation
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Vomiting
  • Tremors

These symptoms can last for a few days or up to two weeks. It’s vital to seek GHB detox services from a reputable detox facility. Medically assisted GHB detox will help keep you safe and comfortable throughout the withdrawal process.

Treatment for GHB Abuse at Adelante Recovery Centers

Adelante Recovery offers evidence-based treatment for GHB addiction. Our experienced staff includes medical personnel, substance use experts, and behavioral health specialists, who work together to create a drug addiction program tailored to your specific needs.

We offer the following services for substance use disorders at our Orange County rehab center in Newport Beach, CA:

Treatment for GHB Abuse at Adelante Recovery Centers
Medically Assisted Detox

Medically Assisted Detox

Adelante Recovery is staffed by a team of medical professionals that includes a physician, nurses, and substance abuse specialists. Detox is an important first step in the recovery process to rid the body of chemical substances.

Our team will monitor you closely during the detox process to ensure you are safe and comfortable. Depending on how long you have been using GHB, safe detoxification may mean slow tapering off with assistive detox medications.

Residential Treatment

Inpatient treatment provides an intensive level of care with support around the clock. Individual counseling and group therapy are core to our programs.

During one-on-one psychotherapy sessions, you’ll explore issues that often underlie addiction, such as dysfunctional family dynamics and past trauma. Our therapists use evidence-based therapeutic methods, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

Group therapy sessions lay the groundwork to help you learn vital coping skills and build a network of supportive peers in recovery.

We strongly emphasize relapse prevention in our programs. Once you complete our substance use treatment program, you’ll become part of our supportive alumni community.

Residential Treatment
Dual Diagnosis Care

Dual Diagnosis Care

Treating substance use disorders and mental health issues together dramatically improves a person’s chance of recovery, since these conditions often reinforce each other. We offer evidence-based dual diagnosis care for co-occurring conditions.

If you are already taking medications for a diagnosed mental health condition, we will coordinate with your primary doctor to ensure you continue your treatment regimen. Medication-assisted treatment can dramatically improve outcomes for people in rehab.


GHB addiction is a compulsive urge to use gamma-hydroxybutyrate, a central nervous system depressant, despite negative consequences. Abusing GHB can lead to physical dependence and tolerance, where more of the drug is needed to achieve the desired effects.

GHB is commonly used as a recreational drug in party settings for its euphoric and sedative effects. The dose is critical. Even small variations in the amount a person uses can lead to GHB overdose. GHB is usually taken orally, either in liquid form or as a powder dissolved in water. It’s sometimes injected or administered anally.

People who use GHB regularly may become preoccupied with getting and using the drug. They may neglect responsibilities or have money problems. If a person becomes physically dependent on the drug, they might experience withdrawal symptoms when they stop using it. Physical symptoms can include dizziness, nausea, and impaired coordination.

GHB addiction can lead to serious health complications, including respiratory depression, coma, seizures, and even death. Long-term use can result in memory loss, cognitive impairments, and psychiatric issues like anxiety and depression.

GHB withdrawal symptoms can include anxiety, insomnia, tremors, sweating, and hallucinations. Severe withdrawal can lead to life-threatening complications, so it’s crucial to seek medical help if you decide to quit.

Support your loved one by encouraging them to seek professional help, attending therapy sessions with them if possible, and creating a supportive environment at home. Educate yourself about addiction and be patient and understanding throughout their recovery journey.

Get Help for GHB Drug Addiction in California

Contact us for a tour of our Southern California rehabilitation center in Newport Beach, CA, and to learn more about our addiction treatment programs for GHB abuse.

If you’re looking for outpatient treatment, we partner with several facilities. Our staff will help you connect with a treatment facility near you.

GHB Drug Addiction in California

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