Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 10/09/2020

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at The Camp Recovery Center to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at The Camp Recovery Center.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

GHB Addiction Signs and Symptoms

About GHB Addiction

Learn More About GHB Addiction

GHB, or gamma hydroxybutyrate, is a depressant of the central nervous system that typically appears as a powder or as a colorless and odorless liquid. When ingested, GHB elicits a sense of euphoria, along with lowered inhibitions and increased sex drive. Additional effects include dizziness, drowsiness, blackouts, and memory loss. Rapists and other predators have been known to surreptitiously add GHB to an alcoholic beverage or other drink as a means of incapacitating potential victims.

GHB is commonly grouped with ecstasy/MDMA, ketamine, methamphetamine, and rohypnol into a category known as club drugs. GHB and rohypnol are also often referred to as date rape drugs, due to their ability to immobilize victims and induce amnesia.

GHB’s medical uses are limited to treatment for narcolepsy and, in rare cases, for individuals who are suffering from alcohol withdrawal syndrome.

Individuals who habitually engage in the recreational abuse of GHB and other club drugs put themselves at risk for a variety of negative physical, mental, emotional, and social outcomes. With effective professional treatment, though, these people can overcome their self-defeating behaviors and learn how to make the changes that will allow them to achieve long-term abstinence from GHB and other dangerous psychoactive substances.

Statistics

GHB Addiction Statistics

GHB abuse is most common among teenagers and young adults under the age of 30. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports that 1 percent of high school seniors, 0.8 percent of high school sophomores, and 0.3 percent of eighth-graders have abused GHB at least once.

Between 1995 and 2005, researchers identified 226 deaths (155 men and 71 women) that were attributable to GHB intoxication. The decedents ranged in age from 15 to 55, with an average age of 27.9 years.

Women between the ages of 16 and 24 are four times more likely than members of all other demographic groups to be unwillingly exposed to GHB. In reported cases involving GHB and assault, 74 percent of perpetrators and 55 percent of victims had also consumed alcohol.

Causes & Risks

Causes and Risk Factors for GHB Addiction

The likelihood that a person will abuse or become dependent upon GHB can be influenced by several environmental and genetic factors:

Genetic: Studies suggest that the offspring of addicted parents are as much as eight times more likely to struggle with addiction at some point in their lives than are the children of parents who never abused alcohol or other drugs. The genetic component of addiction has been reinforced by studies involving twins and adopted children, as well as by technological advances that have provided greater insights into the influence of specific genes.

Environmental: Individuals who are raised in houses where the abuse of GHB or other drugs was common are likely to replicate this behavior. Also, people who were abused, neglect, or otherwise traumatized as children have a higher risk of drug abuse. Attending clubs, raves, and other places where GHB abuse is prevalent can be a strong environmental influence as well. Associating with and/or being pressured by peers to use this drug can also significantly increase the likelihood that a person will abuse GHB.

Risk Factors:

  • Family history of substance abuse and/or mental illness
  • Personal history of prior substance abuse and/or mental illness
  • Youth (GHB abusers are usually under age 30)
  • Socioeconomic status (GHB users are typically from middle-class and upper-class families)
  • Participating in raves and similar events
  • Attending clubs where GHB is commonly abused
Signs & Symptoms

Signs and Symptoms of GHB Addiction

The effects of GHB can begin to be felt within 20 minutes of ingesting the substance, and can last for hours. The following are common signs that may indicate that a person has been engaging in GHB abuse:

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Clumsiness
  • Slurring speech

Physical symptoms:

  • Lowered body temperature
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Depressed respiration
  • Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
  • Loss of muscle control
  • Tremors
  • Excessive perspiration
  • Heightened sexual arousal

Cognitive symptoms:

  • Increased sensitivity to light and sound
  • Confusion and disorientation
  • Memory problems, including blackouts and amnesia

Psychosocial symptoms:

  • Lowering of inhibitions
  • Profound relaxation
  • Decreased sense of anxiety
  • Feelings of euphoria
Effects

Effects of GHB Addiction

GHB abuse can lead to a number of negative outcomes, including the following:

  • Diminished cognition
  • Memory problems
  • Depression
  • Cardiac arrhythmia
  • Physical harm from trips, falls, and other accidents occurring while under the influence
  • Physical, social, and legal problems from risky and/or dangerous behaviors
  • Problems maintaining healthy interpersonal relationships
  • Diminished performance at work or school
  • Job loss and unemployment
  • Academic failure
  • Sexual assault
  • Sexually transmitted infections
Co-Occurring Disorders

GHB Abuse & Co-Occurring Disorders

Common disorders that have been diagnosed in individuals who were engaging in GHB abuse include the following:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depressive disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Alcohol use disorder
  • Other substance use disorders
Withdrawal

Effects of GHB Withdrawal & Overdose

Effects of GHB withdrawal: If a person has become dependent upon GHB, abruptly stopping or significantly reducing the use of this drug may be accompanied by a number of unpleasant symptoms, including the following:

  • Cravings for GHB
  • Agitation and irritability
  • Psychosis
  • Hypertension
  • Increased heart rate
  • Delirium
  • Profuse perspiration
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Effects of GHB overdose: Individuals who exhibit the following symptoms of GHB overdose may be in need of immediate medical attention:

  • Convulsions
  • Hallucinations
  • Acute respiratory distress
  • Slowed heartbeat
  • Extreme confusion and disorientation
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Coma

Coming to the Camp may have been the hardest thing I have ever done, but by far the most necessary. What I learned stayed with me and I never forgot what I learned here. Everything changed for me, I got my family and my life back.

– Franklin M.
Marks of Quality Care
  • American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)
  • Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)
  • The Jason Foundation