Caller: 22-year old man calling on behalf of his roommate
Problem: Addiction to GHB (gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid)
Seeking: Rehab treatment options
Reason(s): The caller is worried about his roommate and his GHB use. According to the caller, what started as an alternative to ecstasy quickly became something his roommate could not live without anymore. The man states, “We are both heavy into the rave scene, which is one of the reasons that we get along so well and decided to move in together off-campus in our senior year. However, while I might have dropped acid and used ecstasy before to get more out of my raves, he has switched to GHB because he felt it was easier to get and helped him sleep better.” According to the man, his friend still drinks heavily when attending these parties as well, increasing the dangers of GHB use because it inhibits the elimination rate of alcohol. The caller stated that his friend tried to stop using GHB for a little while at his behest, but experienced tremors, anxiety, and insomnia as withdrawal symptoms. The caller stated, “He tried, and he really did try because I almost begged him to try and at least stop using for a month, but within a week he was using it again. His recreational drug use has turned into drug addiction.” According to him, his friend is interested in getting help, but simply unaware of where to start looking.