Information on GHB Withdrawal Delirium Syndrome Decatur AL

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.

Mental Health Ctr of North Central AL
(256) 353-9116
4110 U.S. Highway 31 South
Decatur, AL
Hotline
(256) 355-6091
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Pregnant/postpartum women, Women
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired

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Sunrise Lodge
(256) 332-0078
1163 Washington Avenue SW
Russellville, AL
Hotline
(256) 764-3431
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Residential short-term treatment (30 days or less)
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired

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Huntsville Madison County MH Center
(256) 532-4141
600 Saint Clair Street
Huntsville, AL
Hotline
(256) 533-1970
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired, Spanish

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West Alabama Mental Health Center
(334) 289-2410x26
1215 Walnut Avenue South
Demopolis, AL
Hotline
(800) 239-2901
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient, Partial hospitalization/day treatment
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents, DUI/DWI offenders, Criminal justice clients

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Alabama Abuse Counseling Center
(205) 428-2600
1612 3rd Avenue North
Bessemer, AL
Services Provided
Substance abuse , Detoxification
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Women, Men, DUI/DWI offenders, Criminal justice clients

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Bradford Health Services
(800) 879-7272
1600 Browns Ferry Road
Madison, AL
Hotline
(800) 879-7272
Services Provided
Substance abuse , Detoxification, Buprenorphine Services
Types of Care
Hospital inpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents

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Bradford Health Services
(800) 333-1865
1189 Allbritton Road
Warrior, AL
Services Provided
Substance abuse , Detoxification
Types of Care
Residential short-term treatment (30 days or less), Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days), Partial hospitalization/day treatment
Special Programs/Groups
Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Women, Men

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Cheaha Regional Mental Health/Caradale
(256) 249-2395
1721 Old Birmingham Highway
Sylacauga, AL
Hotline
(256) 245-2201
Services Provided
Substance abuse , Detoxification
Types of Care
Residential short-term treatment (30 days or less), Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents, Persons with HIV/AIDS, DUI/DWI offenders
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired

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Shelby County Treatment Center
(205) 216-0200
750 Highway 31 South
Alabaster, AL
Services Provided
Substance abuse , Detoxification, Methadone Maintenance, Methadone Detoxification, Buprenorphine Services
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Persons with HIV/AIDS, Gays and Lesbians, Seniors/older adults, Pregnant/postpartum women, Women, Men, Criminal justice clients
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired, Spanish

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A New Direction
(877) 647-7552
c/o Elmore Community Hospital
Wetumpka, AL
Services Provided
Substance abuse , Detoxification
Types of Care
Hospital inpatient

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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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