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    Woman Concerned That Her Friend Is Struggling With GHB Addiction

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    Woman Concerned That Her Friend Is Struggling With GHB Addiction

    Caller: 21-year old woman calling on behalf of her friend

    Problem: GHB addiction

    Seeking: Long-term inpatient treatment options

    Reason(s): The woman states that her friend has become dependent on GHB, ingesting the drug almost on a nightly basis in order to be able to sleep. She said that when she first confronted her friend, she told her that the drug was non-addictive and there was no problem. She stated, “When we first got to talking about GHB, me and her roommate, started suspecting something, I started doing the research. I looked up all the facts, did all the research, made sure that I knew what people were using as an excuse, what was going on and what I had to know.” She said that her friend used a number of excuses to justify her using, including the fact that it was not addictive. She said, “I was not having it, I told her point blank that she had a problem and that other people around her thought the same way. I am not sure if she realized just how dangerous this stuff truly is and how much she was actively affecting other people. What I do know is that she broke down and started crying, telling us that this is not what she wanted anymore. I am no expert, but I believe that you have to strike while the opportunity shows itself. This means that we would have to move quickly and get her the help that she needs – which is why I am calling you.” She is currently seeking a long-term inpatient treatment center that is able to help with drug addiction and sleep behavioral problems.

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