Information on GHB Withdrawal Delirium Syndrome Yorktown VA

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.

Rock Landing Psychological Group
(757) 873-1736
11825 Rock Landing Drive
Newport News, VA
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Substance abuse , Detoxification, Buprenorphine Services
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Colonial Services Board
(757) 220-3200
1657 Merrimac Trail
Williamsburg, VA
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Substance abuse
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Outpatient
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Adolescents, Seniors/older adults, Pregnant/postpartum women, Women, DUI/DWI offenders, Criminal justice clients
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Dist 19 MH/MR Subst Abuse Services
(757) 294-0037
474 Colonial Trail West
Surry, VA
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Substance abuse
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Outpatient

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Hampton Roads Clinic
(757) 240-5223
2712 Washington Avenue
Newport News, VA
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(757) 380-9024
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Substance abuse , Detoxification, Methadone Maintenance, Methadone Detoxification, Buprenorphine Services
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Outpatient
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Middle Peninsula Northern Neck
(804) 693-5057
9228 George Washington Mem Highway
Gloucester, VA
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(804) 693-2673
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Substance abuse
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Outpatient

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Riverside Behavioral Health Center
(757) 827-1001
2244 Executive Drive
Hampton, VA
Hotline
(757) 827-1001
Services Provided
Substance abuse , Detoxification, Buprenorphine Services
Types of Care
Hospital inpatient, Outpatient, Partial hospitalization/day treatment
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Adolescents, Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, DUI/DWI offenders
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired

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Bacon Street Inc
(757) 253-0111
247 McLaws Circle
Williamsburg, VA
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Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
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Adolescents

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Hampton Veterans Affairs
(757) 722-9961x3607
100 Emancipation Drive
Hampton, VA
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Substance abuse , Detoxification, Halfway house
Types of Care
Residential short-term treatment (30 days or less), Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days), Outpatient
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Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Women, DUI/DWI offenders, Criminal justice clients

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WTCSB Smithfield Center
(757) 357-7458
1801 South Church Street
Smithfield, VA
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Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
DUI/DWI offenders

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Williamsburg Place
(757) 565-0106
5477 Mooretown Road
Williamsburg, VA
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Substance abuse , Detoxification, Buprenorphine Services
Types of Care
Residential short-term treatment (30 days or less), Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days)
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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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