Information on GHB Withdrawal Delirium Syndrome Cave Creek AZ

GHB, a naturally occurring metabolite of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), is an inhibitory neurotransmitter that mediates sleep cycles, cerebral metabolism, memory and emotional control. Synthetic GHB, originally used by body builders for its putative anabolic effects, has more recently been abused for its sedative, euphoriant and aphrodisiac effects and as a “rave” and “date rape” drug.

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13820 North 51st Avenue
Glendale, AZ
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Substance abuse , Methadone Maintenance, Methadone Detoxification
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Mountain Valley and Associates Inc
(602) 870-0972
2432 West Peoria Avenue
Phoenix, AZ
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(520) 297-3329
2001 West Orange Grove
Tucson, AZ
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(928) 865-4531
430 North Coronado Boulevard
Clifton, AZ
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(602) 865-5555
5555 West Thunderbird Road
Glendale, AZ
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(602) 254-4357
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Hospital inpatient, Outpatient
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Adolescents
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(602) 865-5555
5555 West Thunderbird Road
Glendale, AZ
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(602) 254-4357
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Substance abuse , Detoxification, Buprenorphine Services
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Hospital inpatient, Outpatient
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Adolescents
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Community Medical Services Inc
(602) 248-8886
2255 West Northern Avenue
Phoenix, AZ
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Central Counseling and
(602) 235-9237
49 East Thomas Road
Phoenix, AZ
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Substance abuse
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Outpatient
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Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, DUI/DWI offenders

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The Meadows
(928) 684-3926
1655 North Tegner Street
Wickenburg, AZ
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Hospital inpatient
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(520) 584-5820x203
8050 East Lakeside Parkway
Tucson, AZ
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(520) 903-1563
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Substance abuse
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Outpatient
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Information on GHB Withdrawal Delirium Syndrome

Gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) is the most dangerous and well-known drug to abuse, is unfamiliar to many psychiatric professionals. Recent cases of severe GHB withdrawal delirium have occurred in psychiatric settings, making it necessary for psychiatric professionals to be informed about the management of these patients.

GHB, a naturally occurring metabolite of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), is an inhibitory neurotransmitter that mediates sleep cycles, cerebral metabolism, memory and emotional control. Synthetic GHB, originally used by body builders for its putative anabolic effects, has more recently been abused for its sedative, euphoriant and aphrodisiac effects and as a “rave” and “date rape” drug.

GHB was previously available in health food stores and gyms, and it was marketed for its purported muscle building and fat burning effects. In 1990, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned the manufacture and distribution of GHB after receiving several reports of abuse leading to coma and seizures. Precursor compounds such as gamma-butyrolactone (GBL) and 1, 4-butanediol (BD), which can be converted by the body or simple chemical processing into GHB, remained available over the Internet. GHB is easily manufactured by illicit laboratories or by “home brew” recipes that have been published in books and on the Internet. Despite the FDA’s attempts to control distribution of these compounds, they remain widely available to body build...

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