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Gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) addiction treatment that actually works

For more than 15 years, we’ve helped people recover from substance use disorders using a comprehensive, evidence-based addiction treatment program that combines compassionate medical care with proven behavioral and psychological therapies, all administered by our staff of board-certified psychiatrists, physicians, and other experts.

Our complete continuum of care includes inpatient, outpatient, and even virtual treatment – as well as education, resources, and ongoing counseling and support to treat the whole person for a lifetime. By addressing all aspects of addiction (physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual) simultaneously, our treatment approach has proven far more effective than traditional 12-step programs.

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Treatment options for Gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) addiction

Gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) dependence is difficult to overcome without the help of a holistic program that offers a combination of medical, psychological, and behavioral therapies.

Treatment for GHB dependence starts with supervised medical detox to remove the substance from the body and stabilize any and all withdrawal symptoms. During this phase, medical staff with formal training in drug and alcohol addiction treatment closely monitor the patient’s health, and they may prescribe medications to ease discomfort and lessen severe withdrawal symptoms.

Please note that detox is NOT considered treatment for GHB addiction. It’s a necessary first step that allows patients to meaningfully participate in our long-term treatment program of behavioral therapy, psychological counseling, and psychiatric treatment that addresses their substance use disorder and any co-occurring mental health issues.

We offer individual- and group-oriented addiction counseling sessions and can also include family members if needed. In addition, we consider continuing care an essential part of treatment and include it in all discharge plans to offer patients counseling and support for as long as they need it.

A treatment plan for GHB addiction may include:

  • Individual counseling
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy sessions
  • Pharmacotherapy (medication management)
  • Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP)
  • Supportive Outpatient Programs (SOP)
  • Maintenance Outpatient Programs (MOP)
  • Wellness, nutritional, and stress management education

A range of treatment options based on you

Each person’s path to addiction is unique with different neurological, emotional, social and environmental contributing factors. That’s why the Enterhealth journey to recovery is personalized to meet individuals and families where they are. Whether you need immersive inpatient care or outpatient treatment, we offer a range of evidence-based treatment options and innovative therapies. Enterhealth is the only facility with highly trained on-site addiction specialists, including PhDs, MDs and Master’s Level Therapists, who coordinate care at every stage. Because we understand the science behind addiction, we are best equipped to assess and treat individuals and families. Contact us to see why we’re the only facility with an 84% success rate.



Enterhealth Ranch offers inpatient care that’s on your side, not on the clock. It’s a nurturing environment where treatment is highly personalized and intensified. Every patient has a private room and 24/7 access to addiction trained specialists who use evidence-based treatments and comprehensive care, including medical detox, in-depth medical and psychological assessments, individual and group therapies, life skills and more.

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Enterhealth’s Outpatient Center of Excellence, conveniently located in the Park Cities, is expertly staffed with board-certified addiction specialists. Our comprehensive program is designed for continued recovery care and provides individuals and families the support they need to reconnect with each other and thrive in recovery.

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Hanna (former Enterhealth patient)

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Frequently Asked Questions About Gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) Addiction

What is gamma-Hydroxybutyrate (GHB)?

Gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) is classified as a central nervous system depressant and anesthetic drug. In medical settings, GHB may be utilized as a general anesthetic and as a treatment for cataplexy and narcolepsy. It’s also used as a recreational intoxicant (or so-called “club drug”), an athletic-performance enhancer, and as a date-rape drug.

GHB also occurs as a naturally synthesized neurotransmitter produced by cells our bodies, albeit in very minute amounts, as a precursor to other important neurotransmitters like GABA (gamma-Aminobutyric acid) and glycine.

Gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) is classified as a Schedule I controlled substance in the United States due to its potential for abuse and limited medical use. However, certain formulations used in medical treatment are classified as Schedule III substances, but with Schedule I trafficking penalties.

How does GHB work?

Gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) acts primarily by binding to specific receptors in the brain known as GABA-B receptors, which are involved in the regulation of sleep, relaxation, and sedation.

By activating these receptors, GHB produces its sedative and euphoric effects. GHB also affects dopamine release, which contributes to its potential for abuse and addiction.

How is GHB taken?

GHB is typically taken orally in liquid form. It can be consumed by mixing the drug with a beverage or by taking it in its concentrated form.

The liquid form of GHB is usually clear and may have a slightly salty or soapy taste. It can be challenging to detect when mixed with flavored drinks, which is why it has been associated with cases of drug-facilitated sexual assault.

What are some other names for GHB?

Gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) is known by several other names, including:

  • Liquid Ecstasy
  • Grievous Bodily Harm
  • Fantasy
  • Georgia Home Boy
  • Liquid X
  • Liquid G
  • Scoop
  • Soap

How long does GHB stay in your system?

The detection time of GHB in the body depends on various factors, such as the dose taken, frequency of use, metabolism, and the type of drug test being conducted.

Generally, GHB can be detected with a urinalysis for up to 12 hours after use. With blood testing, GHB is typically only detectable for a short period of time (~3-4 hours) after ingestion.

Can a person become addicted to GHB?

It is possible for individuals to become addicted to GHB. Through regular use, the body develops a tolerance, meaning it takes increasingly higher doses to achieve the same desired effects.

Continued use can result in dependence, which is characterized by the onset of withdrawal symptoms when the person stops using the drug. GHB addiction can have serious physical and psychological consequences.

How do you know if someone is abusing GHB?

Identifying GHB abuse in someone may involve observing various signs and symptoms, such as:

  • Frequent sedation or drowsiness
  • Intoxication or inebriation without a clear explanation
  • Disorientation or confusion
  • Impaired coordination or motor skills
  • Slurred speech
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Memory loss or blackouts
  • Mood swings or changes in behavior

It’s important to note that these signs can vary depending on the individual and the dose of GHB consumed.

What are the short- and long-term side effects of GHB abuse?

Short-term effects of GHB abuse may include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Impaired motor function
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Unconsciousness
  • Respiratory depression

Long-term effects of GHB abuse can include:

  • Memory loss
  • Cognitive impairments
  • Increased risk of accidents or injuries
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Psychiatric disturbances, such as anxiety or depression

What are the symptoms of GHB withdrawal?

When a person who is dependent on GHB stops using the drug, they may experience withdrawal symptoms, which can include:

  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Tremors
  • Sweating
  • Restlessness
  • Agitation
  • Hallucinations
  • Delirium

How long does GHB withdrawal last?

The duration of GHB withdrawal can vary depending on several factors, including the extent and duration of drug use, individual metabolism, and overall health.

GHB withdrawal symptoms typically start within a few hours to a few days after the last dose and can last for several days or weeks. In some cases, individuals may experience protracted withdrawal symptoms that persist for months.

Can you overdose on gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB)?

Yes, it is possible to overdose on GHB.

Taking a high dose of GHB or combining it with other substances, such as alcohol or sedatives, increases the risk of overdose. Signs of GHB overdose may include:

  • Extreme sedation
  • Respiratory depression
  • Seizures
  • Unconsciousness
  • Coma

GHB overdose can be life-threatening, and immediate medical attention is essential in such cases.

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