GHB rehab

Recovery from GHB addiction brings with it the promise of improved health, a hopeful future and a happier life. At Sanctuary Lodge, GHB addiction treatment is an evidence-based three-phase process that addresses the complex causes, symptoms and consequences of GHB addiction. This comprehensive approach is vital as neglecting any dimension of drug addiction heightens the risk of relapse, turning a temporary setback into a recurring battle. Our treatment programme provides a structured pathway ensuring that each phase builds upon the last, laying a robust foundation for lasting recovery.

Phase one: GHB detox

GHB detox is the critical initial phase in the recovery process. With excessive prolonged use, GHB alters the brain and body’s normal functioning, creating physical dependence. This dependence goes far beyond cravings, resulting in a biological reliance that affects the natural processes of the body and brain. When GHB use is halted, the absence of the drug sends the body into a state of withdrawal, manifesting in various physical and psychological symptoms.

The GHB detox process is designed to safely break this physical dependence. It begins with a comprehensive evaluation to understand the extent of the dependency, followed by a carefully managed reduction of GHB in the body. This step-by-step approach allows the brain and body to adjust to the absence of GHB, initiating the healing process at a biological level and preparing you for the next stages of rehabilitation.

What happens during GHB withdrawal?

GHB withdrawal symptoms vary significantly among individuals, influenced by factors such as the duration of your GHB use, dosage and your personal health. This variability makes the GHB withdrawal experience deeply personal and unpredictable, which is why a tailored approach to detox is so important.

Common GHB withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Anxiety and depression: These emotional disturbances can range from mild unease to severe panic and despair.
  • Insomnia: The abrupt cessation of GHB use often disrupts sleep patterns, leading to difficulty falling and staying asleep.
  • Tremors: You may experience shaking or tremors, particularly in the hands, as your body reacts to the absence of GHB.
  • Sweating and increased heart rate: Your body’s stress response can trigger sweating and an accelerated heart rate.
  • Nausea and vomiting: GHB withdrawal often affects the gastrointestinal system, leading to discomfort and nausea.
  • Hallucinations and confusion: In severe cases, you may experience visual or auditory hallucinations and confusion.
  • Seizures: Perhaps the most dangerous symptom, seizures can occur during the most severe GHB withdrawal, necessitating close medical supervision.

Understanding these symptoms is crucial for preparing for the GHB detox process and ensuring that professional support is sought to navigate this challenging phase safely.

How long does it take to detox from GHB?

The timeline for GHB detox varies widely, but typically, symptoms begin within a few hours to a day after the last dose and can last for up to two weeks. The process will usually look something like this:

  • Days 1-3: GHB withdrawal symptoms usually start mildly within the first 24 hours and gradually intensify. Anxiety, insomnia and sweating are common early signs.
  • Days 4-7: Symptoms may peak during this period, with the potential for severe anxiety, tremors and hallucinations.
  • Week 2: While the intensity of symptoms generally decreases, some may persist, including mood swings and sleep disturbances.

Professional help is crucial during GHB detox to manage these symptoms safely. Medical supervision ensures that any complications can be addressed immediately, reducing the risk of severe outcomes and increasing the chances of safe and successful GHB withdrawal.

GHB detox at Sanctuary Lodge

Withdrawing from GHB at home can be dangerous, even life-threatening, due to the potential severity of GHB withdrawal symptoms. Sanctuary Lodge offers a safe, medically supervised GHB detox programme with a number of important benefits:

  • 24/7 inpatient medical supervision: Continuous medical oversight ensures that any complications arising during detox can be addressed promptly and effectively.
  • Full medical assessment on arrival: A thorough health evaluation helps tailor GHB detox treatment to your specific needs, considering your medical history and the severity of your dependence.
  • Individualised GHB detox plan: Every individual’s journey to recovery is unique. We provide a personalised detox plan that addresses your specific challenges, making the GHB withdrawal process as comfortable as possible.
  • Medically assisted treatment if necessary: For severe GHB withdrawal symptoms, medication may be administered to alleviate discomfort and prevent complications.

This structured environment and comprehensive expert support are the best tools to navigate GHB detox and prepare yourself for the next stages of treatment.

Phase two: GHB rehab

After successfully navigating the drug detox phase, the next critical step in GHB addiction treatment is rehabilitation. GHB rehab focuses on the psychological, emotional and behavioural aspects of GHB use, aiming to address the root causes and equip you with everything you need for long-term recovery.

Drug rehab involves a combination of therapies, education and support. It will help you understand the root causes of your drug addiction, develop coping strategies to deal with GHB cravings and triggers, improve emotional reactions and rebuild healthy relationships. The benefits of engaging in a structured rehab programme are profound, offering not just a path to recovery but a roadmap to a more fulfilling, GHB-free life.

Inpatient GHB rehab at Sanctuary Lodge

Sanctuary Lodge offers an immersive recovery environment designed to support you through your GHB rehab journey. Key benefits of inpatient GHB rehab at Sanctuary Lodge include:

  • An immersive recovery environment: Removed from the stressors and triggers of everyday life, you will be able to focus on your recovery fully.
  • No access to GHB or other addictive substances: A controlled drug- and alcohol-free environment ensures that the risk of relapse during treatment is minimised.
  • Relief from GHB triggers: Being in a supportive residential environment will help you avoid situations or people that may trigger GHB cravings.
  • 24/7 medical and therapeutic support: Round-the-clock access to care ensures that you receive immediate help whenever needed.
  • Relationships with staff and other clients: Forming supportive relationships can greatly enhance the recovery experience both during GHB rehab and after.

This holistic approach aids both in overcoming GHB addiction in the short term and also in laying the groundwork for a healthier, more stable future.

GHB rehab therapy at Sanctuary Lodge

Sanctuary Lodge’s GHB rehab programme is a blend of traditional, evidence-based therapies with holistic approaches. This “no stones left unturned” approach ensures that you receive the most effective treatment for both the psychological and physical aspects of dependency. Some of the key therapies include:

  • Group therapy: This provides a supportive environment where you can share your experiences and thoughts with other people who have been through the same things. Group therapy also fosters a sense of community and belonging, essential for recovery, as many people find themselves lonely and isolated as a result of drug use.
  • One-to-one therapy: These individual therapy sessions offer personalised attention from a dedicated therapist. They allow you to explore deeper issues related to your GHB use and recovery in a confidential setting.
  • Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT): CBT aims to change negative thought patterns and behaviours that trigger or fuel your GHB use. This will help you to develop healthier coping mechanisms for dealing with stress and triggers.
  • Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT): DBT focuses on improving your responses to emotions, bringing a sense of mindfulness into your life and improving your social and relationship skills. It is one of the most effective therapy forms but is particularly helpful for those with underlying emotional or psychological issues.
  • Art therapy: Art therapy uses creative expression as a therapeutic tool to explore feelings, reduce stress and improve self-esteem. It can provide a non-verbal outlet for emotions and thoughts that might be hard to express due to shame or embarrassment about GHB use.
  • Family therapy: This involves family members in the recovery process, helping to heal relationships and improve communication. Family therapy recognises the impact of drug use on the family and works towards a healthier dynamic for everyone involved.

By combining these diverse therapeutic approaches, Sanctuary Lodge’s GHB rehab programme offers a holistic path to recovery, addressing the physical, emotional and social aspects of addiction.

Step 3: GHB relapse prevention

Preventing relapse is a crucial aspect of any effective GHB addiction treatment programme. GHB relapse prevention strategies focus on identifying and managing triggers, developing healthy coping mechanisms, and maintaining ongoing support. Some key tips for preventing relapse include:

  • Staying engaged with support groups: Ongoing participation in support groups such as Narcotics Anonymous provides a continuous network of advice and encouragement.
  • Maintaining a healthy lifestyle: Regular exercise, a balanced diet and sufficient sleep can all improve your emotional well-being and reduce the urge to use substances like GHB.
  • Developing new hobbies and interests: Engaging in new activities can provide a sense of purpose and fulfilment, fill the space left by GHB use and reduce the risk of relapse.
  • Utilising stress management techniques: Learning how to manage stress through techniques such as meditation and mindfulness can help prevent GHB relapse during challenging times.
  • Engaging in aftercare: Sanctuary Lodge offers all clients one year of free weekly group therapy to support long-term recovery. This aftercare is vital for reinforcing the skills learned during GHB rehab and providing ongoing support.

How to get help for GHB addiction

Embarking on the path to recovery at Sanctuary Lodge begins with a simple step: reaching out for help. Our dedicated team is ready to guide you through the process, from the initial assessment to starting GHB addiction treatment. Contact us today to take the first step towards a new, GHB-free life.


Do I need to detox from GHB if I want to get treatment?
Yes, detoxing from GHB is a crucial first step of GHB addiction treatment. GHB detox ensures that the drug is safely removed from your body, addressing the physical dependency that has developed over time. This process helps mitigate GHB withdrawal symptoms under medical supervision, preparing you physically and mentally for the rehabilitation phase.

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