GHB addiction stems from GHB, a drug often used by young people in dance clubs and at raves. It is also known as the "date-rape drug." GHB addiction is possible because, according to ChooseHelp.com:
Maybe because the hangover after a night of GHB clubbing isn't as severe as for alcohol, people underestimate the addictive dangers of club drug GHB – but GHB, when taken to excess over a period of weeks, can cause a psychological and physical addiction, with a serious syndrome of withdrawals
AddictionSearch.com writes that, when combined with alcohol and other depressants, GHB addiction can cause such side effects as:
- severe lethargy
- mental confusion
- breathing difficulties
- Loss of peripheral vision
- Unconsciousness and coma
ChooseHelp.com writes that GHB addiction withdrawal symptoms can occur almost immediately if an addict tries to stop taking GHB on his or her own. In addition to the physical addiction, there could also be a psychological GHB addiction.
Because of all of this, the site suggests that anyone trying to kick a GHB addiction should do so under medical supervision at a hospital or rehab clinic.