Caller: 25-year-old man calling on behalf of his 27-year old friend
Problem: GHB also known as Xyrem
Seeking: Treatment program for insomnia and GHB abuse
Reason(s): Caller is desperate to learn more about the potential treatment for GHB for his friend. According to the man, his friend’s insomnia has taken a rather drastic turn, which led to the abuse of GHB. The caller said, “At first he was taking it to provide a mellow buzz, something to help him relax, sort of, taking the edge off. However, someone told him that he could actually use it to sleep too, as long as he took a high enough dosage.” He said that what started as an occasional relaxant has become an everyday occurrence to help him sleep. The caller said, “Honestly, I am worried about the fact that he is doing two things that I know you are not supposed to do, he takes alcohol with it and he is not accurately measuring how much he uses. I am just worried that one day we are going to open the door to his bedroom and he will not be moving.” According to the caller, his friend has attempted to stop using on the urging of friends, before, only to experience sweating, anxiety, and a return of the insomnia. The caller wants to know if there is a particular treatment program that can also get to the underlying problem (insomnia) while simultaneously helping the friend with the addiction to GHB.