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GHB Addiction Treatment Centre at The Cabin Chiang Mai

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Key takeaway

  • GHB is a dangerous depressant drug with addictive properties. It can cause severe withdrawal symptoms and long-term health risks.
  • The Cabin Chiang Mai offers a comprehensive treatment program for GHB addiction. This includes supervised detox, various therapies (CBT, mindfulness), and relapse prevention planning.
  • Inpatient treatment provides a safe and supportive environment for recovery. Benefits include dual diagnosis treatment, a secluded location, stress-free atmosphere, 24/7 care, and a variety of activities for holistic healing.
  • The Cabin Chiang Mai can help you explore insurance options to potentially cover treatment costs.
  • Post-rehab support is available to help you rebuild your life free from GHB dependence. This includes therapy, sober house options, and guidance for long-term sobriety.

Effective Treatment Options for GHB Addiction

GHB addiction is not as common as other drugs like Heroin or Cocaine, but it’s more prevalent than one might think. Gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) is a central nervous system depressant and is considered a club drug. Its most common form is an odourless, colourless liquid that may be combined with alcohol or taken on its own.

At The Cabin Chiang Mai, we offer a 3-day family treatment programme to support those affected by addiction. Join us to gain insight into the nature of addiction and strengthen your support network.

For mild cases, outpatient treatment is an option, allowing individuals to maintain their daily obligations. However, for those unable to function in daily life, we recommend inpatient treatment. The duration of our inpatient rehab program varies based on the severity of the addiction, with clients typically staying for at least a month, and extended stays of up to 90 days are common.

What is GHB?

GHB (gamma hydroxybutyric acid) is a dangerous depressant drug. It comes as a powder or liquid and has street names like “Liquid Ecstasy.” It’s known for causing memory loss and increasing vulnerability, making it a risk for date rape. Because it’s easy to make, GHB is cheap and available. GHB is highly addictive and classified as a Schedule 1 drug. It’s commonly abused at parties and by bodybuilders who mistakenly believe it helps muscle growth.

Is GHB addictive?

GHB can be addictive. People who use GHB for a long time can develop a tolerance to the drug, meaning they need to take more and more of it to get the same effects. This can lead to dependence, where people feel they need to take the drug to function normally. People who are dependent on GHB can experience withdrawal symptoms if they stop taking it, such as anxiety, insomnia, and seizures. These withdrawal symptoms can be severe and even life-threatening.

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:

  • Coma
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Unconsciousness
  • Lowered body temperature
  • Slowed breathing
  • Drop in heart rate
  • Seizures
  • Death

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:

  • Seizures
  • Extreme levels of anxiety
  • Pain in muscles
  • Cardiovascular collapse
  • Oral infections and mouth sores
  • Respiratory depression
  • Amnesia
  • Headaches
  • Slurred speech
  • Hallucinations
  • Difficulty concentrating

Does GHB detox need medical supervision? 

Medical staff are prepared to administer GHB treatment.

At The Cabin, we prioritise your safety and well-being throughout your treatment journey. That’s why we offer a supervised detox programme right here on-site, at no extra cost to you. Our dedicated medical staff will be there for you, ensuring your comfort and security.

If you’ve struggled with GHB abuse before, detox may bring about withdrawal symptoms like sweating, anxiety, and difficulty sleeping. We understand that these symptoms can take a toll on your overall well-being.

You might forget to stay hydrated or find it hard to think clearly due to lack of sleep. Rest assured, we’re here to support you every step of the way. Our trusted treatment facility is equipped to help you manage these symptoms, making your recovery process more comfortable. Once your body is free from substances, you can embark on your addiction programme with the guidance of a compassionate counsellor. Together, we’ll work towards your long-term recovery and well-being.

Why Choose The Cabin Chiang Mai Residential Rehab for GHB Treatment?

The Cabin Chiang Mai boasts a team of Western-trained counselors with extensive experience tackling GHB addiction and other substance abuse disorders. Their proven approach combines mindfulness therapy, CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), and personalized relapse prevention plans to equip you for long-term recovery. This comprehensive program offers a safe, effective, and affordable path to overcoming compulsive drug use.

The Benefits of Inpatient Therapy for GHB Addiction

Dual-Diagnosis Treatment

Many GHB users from 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 of your substance addictions simultaneously.

Secluded Location

Our secluded rehab offers a transformative escape from the environment that fueled your GHB addiction. Immerse yourself in a calming atmosphere, free from familiar triggers, allowing you to fully focus on your recovery journey and build a strong foundation for lasting change.

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Stress-Free Environment

Our comprehensive program prioritizes your well-being. Dedicated staff manage treatment schedules, while laundry services guarantee access to clean clothing. Our facilities provide nutritious and delicious meals to fuel your recovery. Additionally, we incorporate mindfulness meditation, yoga, reiki, and massage therapy to promote holistic healing. During residential GHB treatment, focus exclusively on your journey to health.

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.

“This place has lifted me up from a rock bottom (suicide) state. With the support and advice given to me from the staff at the facility, I am well on the way to a great future. One I was never going to have if I hadn’t come to The Cabin.

Is GHB Addiction Treatment Covered by Insurance?

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 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 withdrawal?

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After rehab, the focus shifts towards helping you rebuild your life free from GHB dependence. Therapists will gradually reintroduce you to everyday activities through outings and, if possible, family gatherings. Therapy continues to address any emotional struggles you might face, like dealing with past behavior or reconnecting with loved ones. Our counselors and therapists act as your support system, guiding you towards long-term sobriety.

More Information About Gamma-hydroxybutyrate

GHB is a highly addictive depressant with severe withdrawal symptoms. Its past association as solely a “date rape drug” downplays the widespread misuse for sleep, weight loss, and mood enhancement. This frequent dosing pattern quickly leads to addiction, often within weeks.

Despite perceived benefits, GHB users experience drastic behavioral changes including head snaps, blackouts, and twitching, often without recollection. These episodes highlight the dangers of GHB dependence that a treatment program can address.

Get Help for Today!

If you or someone you know is struggling with GHB addiction, reach out to The Cabin Chiang Mai via our toll-free numbers or contact form. Inpatient treatment is available for all. Early intervention makes overcoming addiction easier. We also offer specialized programs for young men at The Edge and the LGBT+ community.

The sooner an addiction is treated, the higher the chances are for a successful recovery.

COMMON QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT ADDICTION

More Information About GHB Addiction

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 had 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.

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 was 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-ageing 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.

The addictive effects of GHB depend on the size of the dose. When taken 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:

  • Coma
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Unconsciousness
  • Lowered body temperature
  • Slowed breathing
  • Drop in heart rate
  • Seizures
  • Death

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:

  • Seizures
  • Extreme levels of anxiety
  • Pain in muscles
  • Cardiovascular collapse
  • Oral infections and mouth sores
  • Respiratory depression
  • Amnesia
  • Headaches
  • Slurred speech
  • Hallucinations
  • Difficulty concentrating

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.

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 treatment programme. 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.

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