Drugs and Alcohol Addiction is a universal problem. There are several ways to overcome it.
Gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB), a sedative, is a central nervous system depressant. This drug occurs naturally in the body and can induce sleep. GHB is legal in the United States and is a schedule I controlled substance.
The drug was first introduced as a surgical anesthetic. Bodybuilders began using GHB as an alternative to steroids. In fact, 68% of abusers reported bodybuilding as motivation to use GHB. However, no clinical studies back its claim to increase muscle mass. Abusers started using GHB with alcohol and other drugs as an after effect of the popularity the drug has gain through bodybuilders. Within a short time GHB has become known as the 'new date-rape drug'.
GHB is available in liquid, powder, tablet, and capsule forms. It is colorless and odorless and has a salty taste. Homemade GHB is also commonly available. These effects appear within 15 minutes of oral ingestion of the drug and acute symptoms appear to remit after 7 hours.
GHB has the street names Georgia Home Boy, Liquid Ecstasy (though it is not the liquid form of ecstasy), Easy Lay, Gamma-Oh, Salty Water and Scoop.
Effects of GHB
In smaller quantities GHB has effects similar to those of alcohol. It can relieve anxiety and produce relaxation. In combination with other drugs such as alcohol, it can cause nausea and difficulty breathing.
Adverse effects of GHB include lightheadedness, vomiting, weakness, loss of peripheral vision, confusion, agitation, hallucinations, respiratory difficulties, unconsciousness and coma.
Tolerance and physical dependence is another problem. Withdrawal symptoms, which may appear on stopping the intake of the drug, include insomnia, muscular cramping, tremor, anxiety, and sweating.