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Posted by Jamie on October 05, 2000 at 16:05:45:

In Reply to: Real recipe for GBL/GHB recovery posted by Recovering on May 21, 2000 at 03:22:55:

: GBL/GHB addiction is real. I know now, after progressing over 2.5 years from recreational user to full addict. For the last 8 months I was on ~30 ml pure GBL a day just to maintain, not even getting high. I decided to quit. Cold turkey did not work for me - extreme, unbearable anxiety; very high blood pressure & pulse rate, and not for just a day. Taper off is no better, though it somewhat attenuates the bp and pulse readings. Here's the trick to break the GBL/GHB physical habit:
: 0. You have to want to stop.
: 1. Stop! and throw away any stash.
: 2. Use Librium (25mg-50mg) & Clonidine HCL (0.1mg-0.2mg) every 4 hours, tapering off over 3-4 days, to handle the withdrawl symptoms. I started with 50mg/0.2mg, then 25mg/0.1mg during day and higher dose at night.
: 3. Take care of yourself as if you are sick, because you are.
: Best of luck to all, like me, who thought GBL was non-addictive.

:::Thank you for the info. I thought my life was over and there would be no help! I am 3 days into it and a new person. Still far from "better" but on my way. Now only time will tell how much damage I have done to my body in the process of it all but at least I have a start at life again. My biggest scare was not enough Clonidine and my Blood Pressure became very dangerous, after that was under control the next biggest help was 1 500mg Depakote 2 times a day (instead of Librium) to keep me calm. I took one in the morning and one in the early evening. I also took a valium at bedtime although I still haven't really slept much yet. I am already working on tapering down the Clonidine. Thank you! You are right, if someone else is going to do this, treat yourself as if you are very sick! Take your blood pressure regularly and expect to gut it out.

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