Liquid G is a party drug that is popular in the dance and club scene. It is the street name for gamma-hydroxybutyrate, or GHB, a nervous system depressant. Taking Liquid G produces feelings of euphoria and is highly addictive. However, taking Liquid G can cause dangerous side-effects and even death.
At Vertava Health Ohio, we believe that anyone can lead a healthier life by overcoming addiction. Our team of licensed physicians, nurses, counselors, therapists, case managers, and recovery coaches works with each patient to create an individualized treatment plan that can give them the best chance at successful recovery and long-term sobriety. If you or a loved one is struggling with GHB addiction, contact us at 850.374.5331 to learn more about our programs.
What Is Liquid G?
Liquid G, or GHB, was first created in the 1960s for use as a general anesthetic. It works as a central nervous system depressant that has a sedating effect. In the 1980s, GHB was also used as a bodybuilding aid and a dietary supplement. However, due to many unwanted side effects, it is now an illegal drug.
When used in moderate amounts, GHB can produce feelings of:
- Euphoria, increased confidence, and sociability
- Drowsiness and relaxation
- Heightened sensitivity to touch
- A lack of inhibition and an increased sexual drive
Due to these effects, GHB has been gaining popularity as a party drug. Since Liquid G is a clear, odorless, and tasteless liquid, it can also be used maliciously when slipped into a drink. However, doses of GHB can easily be miscalculated, and high doses of GHB can result in:
- Tunnel vision, dizziness, blackouts, and memory lapses
- Tremors and loss of coordination
- Confusion, irritation, and agitation
- Seizures or coma
- Respiratory arrest and death
What Are the Risks of Liquid G?
Taking Liquid G or GHB can result in a high that is euphoric and relaxing, making it a very attractive drug to use for a good time. However, like any drug, taking Liquid G or GHB comes with a host of risks. Here are a few to keep in mind:
- GHB’s sedative properties can make someone pass out or become incoherent. This leaves them in a vulnerable situation that can have many negative consequences.
- Mixing Liquid G with alcohol or other depressant drugs can increase the risk of becoming unconscious, and can lead to unexpected dangerous side effects.
- The difference between a dose that gets someone high and an overdose is less than a milliliter, and since these drugs are usually homemade, it becomes even more unpredictable.
- Long-term abuse of GHB can result in tolerance, memory loss, and psychosis.
- Liquid G is highly addictive and a physical dependence can develop in as short as a week of consistent use. Withdrawal symptoms can include anxiety, tremors, insomnia, vomiting, and high blood pressure. More severe symptoms can include severe anxiety, confusion, paranoia, psychosis, delirium, and hallucinations. Withdrawal from GHB can even result in seizures and death.
The onset of withdrawal from Liquid G can begin in as short as one to two hours from the last dose and can last up to twelve days. Attempting to detox from GHB, even only after a week of use, can be dangerous and should be done with medical supervision. While stopping drug intake is always the healthiest choice, one should always proceed with caution and with proper support.
Get GHB Addiction Treatment From Vertava Health Ohio
If you or a loved one needs treatment for GHB addiction, we at Vertava Health Ohio are here to give you the right support and guidance to ensure a safe detox and a successful recovery. Our experienced staff uses a wide variety of evidence-based theories to help our patients to heal and rebuild. It is never too early or too late to live a healthier life. Contact us at 850.374.5331 today to take the first step toward a brighter future.