Effective GHB Addiction Treatment in Thailand
GHB addiction is not as common as other drug treatments like Heroin or Cocaine, but it is more common than one might think. Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate (GHB) is a central nervous system depressant and is considered a club drug. Its most common form is odourless, colourless liquid that may be combined with alcohol or take on its own.
GHB has very little taste, which also makes it a common drug used for ‘date rape’ by adding it to a person’s drink when they are not looking. It might well come as no surprise that GHB addiction treatment has seen sharp increases year on year.
How Common Is GHB Addiction?
Despite information on the internet to the contrary, GHB is an addictive drug. GHB withdrawals can be severe and prolonged. Information on GHB addiction and rehab treatment is not readily available as much of the public information on GHB is limited to its abuse as a date rape drug.
GHB addiction is typically characterised by dosing every one to three hours, around the clock, with heavier dosing at night. GHB addiction can develop quickly in as little time as a few weeks. Individuals who abuse GHB in the form of an antidepressant, a sleep aid, a workout aid, weight loss product, or an anti-aging substance, are at a much greater risk for GHB addiction.
The daily and systematic pattern of their GHB intake lends itself to addiction. Many users are lured in by internet advertisements that promote the drug as safe and non-addictive. They may find themselves using around the clock without really registering what is happening.
GHB addicts may feel they have found the ideal supplement and often times swear by the incredible benefits they feel they are seeing. Loved ones may witness bizarre and radical behaviour changes or “head snaps” in the user. Head snaps typically occur after 15 minutes after dosing when the user experiences several minutes of twitching, strange behaviour, or blackouts.
Episodes may occur after every dose or only after heavy doses. The addict will very often have no recollection of these episodes.
What are the Health Effects of GHB Addiction or Abuse?
There are several health effects seen in those suffering a GHB addiction including the following:
- Loss of consciousness
- Auditory and visual hallucinations
- Clumsiness and confusion
Combined with other illicit substances such a marijuana, alcohol, cocaine or ecstasy, these effect may worsen. Even without other drugs, high doses of GHB may result in profound sedation, seizures, coma, severe respiratory depression and death.
What are the Treatment Options for GHB Addiction?
Inpatient and outpatient addiction treatment centres can offer effective treatment options for those suffering from GHB addiction. Outpatient centres, however, are usually recommended for those who are suffering from a milder addiction and can still maintain most of life’s daily obligations.
For those who are unable to function productively in daily life, inpatient rehab would be recommended.
What are the Benefits of Inpatient Treatment for GHB Addiction?
There is a plethora of benefits that pertain to inpatient addiction treatment, but probably the most beneficial are as follows:
- Dual-diagnosis treatment.
Many people who suffer from addiction have a co-occurring disorder which needs to be treated alongside addiction for the best results. Anxiety and trauma disorders are common, as well as secondary addictions. Residential rehab has the staff needed to treat both disorders simultaneously.
- Secluded location.
Getting away from the urge to use GHB is often half the battle. Far away from the people, places and events that would normally trigger the desire to take GHB, it is much easier to take a step back and begin to understand why this addiction started and how to overcome it.
- Stress-free setting.
During residential GHB dependency treatment, the only thing clients need to worry about is getting healthy! Everything else from laundry to scheduling treatment sessions will be taken care of the staff at the treatment centre.
- Confidential treatment.
Not everyone wants to tell the world that they are in addiction treatment – which is why the utmost care is taken to preserve a client’s privacy. All treatment is completely confidential.
- 24-hour care.
Having clinical and medical staff present 24 hours a day can help to ease the mind.
- Comprehensive treatment programme.
Inpatient addiction treatment programmes allows for a more expansive treatment method than outpatient programmes. Because clients live on site, residential programmes can include beneficial therapies outside of counselling, including physical fitness, yoga, art and drama therapy and more.
Dual-addiction Diagnosis with GHB Addiction
Because GHB is so often used in conjunction with another substance such as alcohol, meth or other club drugs, many people who suffer from GHB addiction are suffering from another form of substance addiction as well. It is important to be upfront and honest with your addiction counsellor to ensure that you receive the best treatment possible for your individual case.
Why Choose The Cabin Chiang Mai for GHB Reliance Treatment?
The Cabin Chiang Mai is held in high regard by the global medical community for its intelligent, unique and effective addiction treatment programme. Our Western-trained counsellors combine cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), 12 Step and mindfulness therapy for an incredibly effective programme.
Boasting an above average programme completion rate of 96%, clients who graduate from our programme leave our facility equipped with the knowledge of and tools to live a successful life in recovery. Each of clients will have a personalised relapse prevention plan which was made in treatment to use in the future.
We are also proud to offer a complimentary 3-day family addiction treatment programme for clients’ family members. Involving family members in addiction treatment has been shown to significantly increase the chances of long-term, successful recovery.
How Long Does Addiction Treatment Take?
The length of a residential rehab programme varies depending on the severity of the addiction. We recommend that clients stay a minimum of one month. If required, they can extend up to 90 days.
Get Help for GHB Addiction Today!
If you or someone you know is suffering from GHB addiction, and they need ghb addiction treatment, please do not hesitate to contact us for a free, no obligations assessment. The sooner an addiction is treated, the higher the chances are for a successful recovery.