GHB/ GBL Dependancy

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Crew News: Apr 01 2009

GHB/GBL used on a regular basis can quickly lead to dependency. GHB/GBL dependency can be characterised as "round the clock" use where users may have to dose every one to two hours. Withdrawal without medical supervision can be dangerous.

GHB/GBL use and dependency

Although, some internet sites may say that GHB/GBL is not addictive GHB/GBL used on a regular basis can quickly lead to dependency. GHB/GBL dependency can be characterised as "round the clock" use where users may have to dose every one to two hours.

GHB-GBL TwinsWithdrawal symptoms can start very quickly, one to two hours after the last dose. These can include feeling anxious, sleeplessness, feeling shaky, confused and nauseous or vomiting.

Although it may be possible to gradually reduce the use of GBH/GBL this should only be done UNDER MEDICAL SUPERVISION.

IT IS DANGEROUS TO SUDDENLY STOP TAKING GHB/GBL AND YOU SHOULD NOT MIX GHB/GBL WITH OTHER SUBSTANCES INCLUDING ALCOHOL. THIS COULD RESULT IN ACCIDENTAL OVERDOSE.

Medically supervised withdrawal from GHB/GBL

Crew will refer you to the CDPS (community drugs problem service) for an assessment. Clients with GBL/GHB dependency will be given high priority and will be seen within four weeks of referral.

Following the assessment at the CDPS you will be placed on a wait list for a detox. The length of time you will wait varies but again GHB/GBL users are prioritised. You will be sent a letter with a date for you to begin your detox.

CDPS highly recommends an inpatient detox as clients who use GHB may find it difficult to undergo a community detox. The complete withdrawal time varies but usually between 5-10 days. The client will be made comfortable with initially high doses of Benzodiazepines which will be tapered off towards the end of the withdrawal.

Noticing a problem with your use?

If you feel your GHB/ GBL use is becoming a problem please give us a call. We're here to help.

We are launching a short survey on GHB/ GBL use on this website, in our drop in shop and on outreach events. Please share your perspective and knowledge of the drug by using these surveys or by sending us an e-mail with your experiences.

Thanks for your help!