GHB is a drug that is used in the brand name medication, Xyrem, mainly used for the treatment of narcolepsy and sleep disorders that cause excessive sleeping. It is also known as the “date rape” drug and is often abused by people at parties and clubs. GHB rehab programs are able to treat adolescents and adults that abuse and have become addicted to GHB.
When an addiction to GHB is left untreated it can cause serious problems with a person’s health and life and often require GHB rehab programs to effectively treat. It is a powerful CNS depressant that acts on the nervous system to causes slowed breathing and experience general fatigue or sleepiness. There is a risk of overdose as a tolerance develops larger amounts of GHB need to be taken in order for the same effect.
At a rehab center, the clinicians are equipped to deal with the withdrawal process involved in CNS depressant dependence such as GHB. The effects are mainly felt psychologically and can cause chronic depression and suicidal thoughts which are often treated with anti-anxiety medication during detox. The detox process should be monitored to ensure a safe recovery from the physical effects of the addiction.
Once the withdrawal symptoms have mostly subsided, a patient can then enter into a program that is aimed at treating their psychological addiction through behavioral therapy that incorporates the latest findings and methods of treatment for CNS depressants. Additionally, programs that help a recovering person express their emotions and learn a new craft such as art therapy can help to give the patient alternative outlets for overwhelming emotions.
In many cases, an addiction has made a person’s life chaotic and unstructured. Rehab treatment programs make use of structured programs to bring a normal routine back into a person’s life. Furthermore, programs such as the 12-step treatment program are based on steps that when followed, can break an addiction and change a person’s life for the better.
Highly charged emotional events are almost guaranteed and when that happens for a recovering addict, having a support structure to rely on can be the difference in relapsing and abstinence. Additionally, an addict’s friends at the time of their addiction may still be involved in the drug abuse and they therefore lack the sufficient support from their peers. Support groups can help a person establish new friends to turn to during times of crisis. Rehab facilities often offer support group meetings that can be attended long after the initial treatment is concluded.
Due to the often severe nature of a GHB addiction, an inpatient or residential treatment program is advised in order to deal with the detoxification and therapy that can be given at rehab. When a person stays at the rehab facility, they can make use of the care the staff provide on a full-time basis as well as have a greater chance to avoid relapse and complete a program. Frequent drug tests and the structured format of the treatments assist in the recovery of the addict.
Outpatient treatment programs have their place in the treatment of GHB abuse and addiction. They can be a preferred method of treatment for a person who is just abusing the drug and not severely addicted. It can also be easier for a person to attend meetings and counseling while still going to their job and attending to their responsibilities. However, if relapse occurs then the patient will be advised to go into a residential program.
Many addiction treatment programs incorporate relapse prevention into the recovery process due to the high number of relapse rates in recovering addicts; between 40% and 60% of people who stop drug use relapse without effective relapse strategies in place. Program such as the 12-step program require that a patient continue to attend meetings long after drug use has stopped to continue to strengthen the treatment over the long-term.
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