Effective Treatment for GHB Addiction
The first part of a GHB addict’s journey to recovery often involves an intervention. This is the time where the addict may take some time to reflect or go directly to a GHB addiction treatment centre. During this period, the support of friends and family members are extremely important.
At The Cabin Chiang Mai, we conduct a free, 3-day family addiction treatment programme as part of our world-class treatment model. Family members of addicts are encouraged to join our free programme as it will help you understand how the disease of addiction works. Oftentimes, it is easier for a GHB user to achieve long-term addiction recovery and avoid a relapse in the future, when there is the presence of a solid support network.
If an individual has a mild GHB addiction, he or she can consider seeking treatment from outpatient GHB addiction treatment centres. This is a viable option for recovering GHB addicts who can maintain most of their daily obligations.
If a GHB addict cannot function productively in daily life, inpatient GHB addiction treatment would be highly recommended. The duration of an inpatient rehab programme varies. It depends on the severity of the GHB addiction. At The Cabin Chiang Mai, our clients usually stay with us for at least a month. It is normal for recovering GHB addicts to extend their stay up to 90 days.
Is Medically Supervised Detox Required for GHB Addiction Treatment?
Yes. A medically supervised detox programme is usually required to make GHB addiction treatment safe. Normally, this part of the process is outsourced to an external hospital, but here at The Cabin we have a hospital onsite with medical staff to supervise your medical detox at no extra cost.
If you have previously abused GHB and have to go through detox, you may experience an array of withdrawal symptoms, including sweating profusely, anxiety, insomnia and more. In these situations, some individual may neglect their overall well-being. For example, they may ignore the need to hydrate themselves from profuse sweating or allow their insomnia to adversely affect cognitive abilities.
A reputable treatment facility like The Cabin can help you cope with these symptoms. Additionally, your recovery process will be more comfortable. When your system is finally clean, you can start working through the steps of your GHB addiction rehab programme with your counsellor.
Why Choose The Cabin Chiang Mai Residential Rehab for GHB Treatment?
At The Cabin Chiang Mai, our efforts in effectively treating a wide variety of addictions have been recognised by the global medical community. Our residential rehab centre is comprised of Western-trained counsellors who possess decades of combined experience treating GHB addiction and other disorders pertaining to substance abuse.
The Cabin GHB treatment method uses mindfulness therapy, 12 Step programmes for addiction recovery, and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) together to develop an incredibly effective GHB treatment programme. Our addiction recovery experts are also trained to help our clients personalise their relapse prevention plans to best facilitate the after-rehab recovery process and avoid relapse situations.
Since our inception, we have maintained a 96% programme completion rate. When you choose The Cabin Chiang Mai, you can enjoy complete peace of mind that our inpatient GHB treatment services are safe, effective and affordable.
Why Choose The Cabin Chiang Mai Residential Rehab for GHB Treatment?
The answer: you can place 100 per cent focus on recovering from your GHB addiction. Inpatient therapy removes the worries and doubts that can often steer struggling with GHB addiction off course.
Here is a quick look at the benefits of inpatient therapy for GHB addiction:
- Dual-Diagnosis Treatment: Many GHB users from a secondary substance addiction. This can happen when they mix GHB usage with meth, alcohol, and other club drugs. It is pertinent that you avoid hiding other conditions from your addiction counsellor. When you are upfront with us, we can treat both your substance addictions simultaneously.
- Secluded Location: We understand that some of our clients’ homes and their peers were the cause of their addiction. You do not have to feel trapped any longer. The location of our rehab centre allows you to take a step back and tackle the recovery process with a clear mind. Having been removed completely from the triggers of your GHB addiction, our exotic location will not just calm you but keep you grounded from the inside out.
- Stress-Free Environment: Our staff members schedule treatment sessions for our clients. We provide laundry services to ensure that our clients always have clean and fresh clothes to wear. Our rehab facilities even offer well-planned, delicious and healthy meals. We also teach mindfulness meditation and incorporate yoga sessions, reiki treatments and massage therapy. During residential GHB dependency treatment, the only thing clients need to worry about is getting healthy!
- Confidentiality: The Cabin Chiang Mai takes the utmost care to preserve our clients’ privacy. No one from your background will know you are in addiction treatment.
- 24-Hour Care: We keep our clients safe by having clinical and medical staff members working around the clock. If you do not feel well, you can always get immediate medical care.
- Comprehensive Treatment Programme: We want our clients to feel their best. The Cabin Chiang Mai offers beneficial therapies such as drama therapy, art classes, yoga classes, physical fitness classes and many more.
How Much Does GHB Inpatient Addiction Recovery Cost?
GHB inpatient addiction recovery programmes, which are facilitated in luxury rehab centres, can cost more than US$30,000 per month. If you do not have any insurance coverage, GHB inpatient addiction treatment can be costly.
If you are suffering from a mild GHB addiction, and opt for an outpatient service, you may need to pay approximately US$1,000 per month. It is possible that you may also need to get through a detox programme in a medical facility. Medical detox from GHB can last as long as two weeks with the costs not typically covered by most rehabs as an external medical facility is required.
These things add up to your costs. However, it all depends on your needs and personal choices. Oftentimes, rehab programmes are tailored to your needs. Hence, there are no fixed rates when it comes to GHB treatment.
At The Cabin Chiang Mai, we work out payment plans with our clients so that they can receive the treatments they need immediately, without the worry of money. If you would like more information about our payment options, please contact us.
Is GHB Addiction Treatment Covered by Insurance?
GHB addiction treatment is typically covered by medical insurance policies meaning you may be able to use your primary medical insurance policy or supplemental health insurance policy to pay for your GHB addiction treatment. If you are younger than 26 years, your treatments may be covered by your parents’ insurance plans. It is important that you check if the insurance policies cover a part or the entire cost of the rehab programme. The Cabin Chiang Mai works with a number of different insurance companies, contact us today to see how we can help you.
What Happens After GHB Addiction Treatment?
The main driving force behind GHB addiction treatment is to help each client return to his or her original life without further drug dependence. When we determine that a client is ready to enter the real world again, he or she will be encouraged to take trips outside our rehab facilities. For example, we may take our clients on local walks or visit a local restaurant so that they can get acquainted with life after addiction.
Next, we will get the entire family involved by arranging a simple day out. This allows our clients to bond with their families again. If family members are unavailable in a certain client’s case, we will get them to bond with trusted friends, who are not associated with their past drug use.
GHB addiction treatments will also be followed up with therapy. This helps our clients deal with various issues that may arise in a sympathetic and kind way. For example, some clients feel embarrassed about their previous behaviour. They may find it difficult to approach certain family members even after becoming clean from drugs.
As new recovering addicts need a long time to fully adapt to their new life, the process may demand a significant amount of willpower and dedication. Our counsellors and therapists will stay in touch with our clients to ensure that they have a strong support network that keeps them working toward a sober life. We also offer a sober house in Chiang Mai City where clients can continue their aftercare treatment within a therapeutic environment while taking ownership and responsibility for for their own recovery.
Get Help Now!
If you or a loved one is using GHB regularly, it is never too early to call The Cabin Chiang Mai via our toll-free numbers that appears in the menu or fill out our contact form. Inpatient GHB addiction treatment is available to anyone. If the addiction is tackled early on, you will find that it is easier to overcome your GHB addiction. In addition to the GHB addiction treatment programme available at The Cabin Chiang Mai, we also offer this programme for young men at The Edge and the LGBT+ community at Resort 12. For those who speak Arabic, and prefer a culturally-minded approach, our GHB treatment programme is also available at The Cabin Arabic. Contact us today to see which of these treatment programmes will work best for you.
More Information About GHB Addiction
Many people mistakenly have the mindset that GHB is a substance that’s not addictive and relatively harmless. Those are false claims. GHB is an addictive drug. The drug can cause severe and prolonged withdrawal symptoms. GHB has managed to stay under the radar for some time because information on GHB addiction and rehab treatment were not readily available. Previously, it was only known as a date rape drug. However, this is quickly changing.
Individuals use GHB by dosing at a one or three-hour interval. Some of them may take heavier doses at night. Basically, dosing happens around the clock. That is why GHB addiction can develop quickly. Most addicts develop an addiction in just a few weeks.
GHB addicts use the substance as an anti-aging substance, a weight loss product, a workout booster, a sleep aid or an antidepressant. The systematic and daily pattern of their GHB intake places them at a much greater risk for GHB addiction. In most cases, the individual does not even realise that they are using the drug around the clock.
Some GHB addicts treat the drug like they have found the ideal supplement. They may even swear by the “wonderful” benefits they feel they are seeing. However, they are not aware of their own radical and bizarre behaviour changes. For example, head snaps – the individual’s head suddenly snaps back in an involuntary motion. A GHB user may experience several minutes of blackouts and twitching after a dose. Head-snapping typically occurs after that.
Such episodes may occur only after heavy doses or after every dose. In most cases, GHB addicts will have no recollection of these episodes.
What is GHB?
Also known as Gamma hydroxybutyric acid, GHB is a drug that comes as either a white powdery substance or an odourless liquid. Its street names include Goop, Liquid X and Liquid Ecstasy. GHB is also mixed with alcohol at raves and dance clubs, which was meant to incapacitate someone during a possible date rape attempt.
The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has classified GHB as a predatory drug. The reason is that the drug increases suggestibility and passivity in the victim. Additionally, the victim will have no recollection of events that happened while under the influence of the drug. Unfortunately, GHB is easy to manufacture, making it cheap and readily available.
Gamma hydroxybutyric acid is also classified as a Schedule 1 Central Nervous System (CNS) depressant. This meant that the drug has high abuse potential. Although the most common illicit use of GHB is for enhancing an individual’s ability to enjoy socialization at parties, bodybuilders are also known abusers of the drug. They believe that GHB can help stimulate muscle growth by elevating certain levels of the human growth hormone.
Addiction Effects and Risks of GHB Usage
The addictive effects of GHB depend on the size of the dose. When take in small doses, individuals can feel instant relief from their depression or anxiety while others may experience drowsiness and euphoria. Still others can display aggressive behaviour or have visual hallucinations. Some of the common effects of high GHB doses include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Lowered body temperature
- Slowed breathing
- Drop in heart rate
The effects of GHB usage can worsen when combined with other illicit substances such as ecstasy, cocaine, alcohol or marijuana. However, GHB usage can be fatal even without other drugs. High doses of the drug may result in severe respiratory depression, profound sedation, coma, intense seizures and death.
Individuals who have been taking GHB for long periods of time—whether as prescribed by a doctor or recreationally—can experience a wide variety of symptoms, including:
- Extreme levels of anxiety
- Pain in muscles
- Cardiovascular collapse
- Oral infections and mouth sores
- Respiratory depression
- Slurred speech
- Difficulty concentrating
Getting the Help You Need for GHB Addiction
Short-term and long-term GHB addictions should all be taken seriously. They must be treated as early on as possible. Contact The Cabin Chiang Mai today to find out how we can assist you in breaking free from GHB addiction. You can call us on one of our toll-free numbers or fill out our contact form to get in touch with our intake counsellors.