GBL Addiction Treatment

Entering GBL addiction treatment is a significant step towards profound personal transformation and healing. However, the journey to recovery from GBL addiction is not a straightforward path, and it requires more than just giving up the drug. UKAT’s addiction treatment programmes systematically address the multifaceted nature of the condition, including the physical dependency, psychological underpinnings and emotional ties that can tightly bind you to GBL abuse. This comprehensive approach is essential in minimising the risk of relapse, ensuring enduring and successful recovery.

An overview of GBL addiction treatment

Effective GBL recovery has three main stages: GBL detox, GBL rehab and aftercare. These stages are equally important and provide a comprehensive, holistic approach to treatment.

UKAT provides GBL addiction treatment at all of our inpatient rehab centres. Inpatient rehab means that you stay in the centre for the duration of your GBL recovery programme. This is in contrast to outpatient rehab, where you live at home and attend regular therapy sessions. There are several advantages of inpatient drug rehab compared to outpatient rehab, including:

A totally immersive recovery environment

Inpatient GBL rehab provides a dedicated residential and recovery space. This helps minimise distractions and external stressors, facilitating a deeper focus on healing.

No access to GBL or other substances

The controlled environment ensures the absence of GBL, significantly reducing the temptation and ability to relapse.

Protection from external triggers

Being in a safe and controlled environment helps shield you from external factors and situations that may trigger GBL cravings or abuse.

24/7 professional support and care

You will have continuous access to medical and psychological support as a resident. This ensures safety, comfort and immediate assistance during difficult times in the GBL recovery process. This is particularly important during GBL detox, when withdrawal can be very uncomfortable and potentially even dangerous.

A platform to build supportive relationships

The opportunity to connect with healthcare professionals and fellow clients undergoing similar experiences can foster a sense of community and support. These connections will not just help you navigate your time in rehab but can also be crucial pillars after you leave.

A broader range of rehab therapies

Inpatient GBL rehab can provide a wider variety of therapy options, addressing different aspects of dependency and catering to individual needs. For example, individual therapy is a cornerstone of UKAT’s GBL rehab programmes, but it is usually not included in NHS outpatient rehab because of limited staff and facilities.

Man experiencing withdrawal

GBL detox explained

GBL works by influencing the central nervous system. It acts as a prodrug to GHB (gamma-hydroxybutyrate), which converts to GHB when ingested. GHB then interacts with the GABA system in the brain, similar to how alcohol and benzodiazepines work. This interaction leads to a decrease in neuronal activity, resulting in sedative and euphoric effects.

The problem comes with regular use of GBL, which creates a physical dependence. This means that the body starts requiring the substance to function optimally, and any attempts to quit or reduce GBL intake lead to a range of withdrawal symptoms.

GBL detox is about allowing your body to clear itself of the drug while withdrawal symptoms are safely managed by medical professionals. Like all forms of drug detox, this process involves a period of adjustment as the body and brain strive to regain their natural equilibrium and function in the absence of the drug.

However, GBL detox is about more than just purging GBL from your system. It is the physical initiation of the journey towards healing, which will also incorporate mental, emotional and social recovery.

Woman experiencing withdrawal

The GBL withdrawal process

The severity and duration of GBL withdrawal are influenced by various factors, including the length of GBL use, the usual dosage and individual physiological and psychological makeup. However, some of the withdrawal symptoms you may experience include:

  • Agitation and anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Tremors and sweating
  • Increased blood pressure and heart rate
  • Psychotic symptoms

GBL withdrawal timeline

The timeline for GBL withdrawal varies among individuals, reflecting the personal nature of drug addiction and recovery. However, a generalised pattern can be outlined as follows:

Initial phase (0-24 hours after the last dose)

The onset of withdrawal symptoms typically begins within hours after the last dose. Early symptoms include anxiety, insomnia, sweating and general malaise.

Peak phase (Day two to five)

During this period, withdrawal symptoms may reach their peak in intensity. Physiological symptoms such as tremors, increased heart rate, and high blood pressure are common, accompanied by psychological symptoms like severe anxiety and possible psychotic manifestations.

Post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS) (Day five onwards)

Following the acute phase, some people may experience an extended period of withdrawal symptoms. This can include ongoing psychological symptoms such as anxiety, mood fluctuations and disturbances in sleep patterns. PAWS can last weeks or months, highlighting the need for ongoing support and management.

Group therapy

GBL detox at UKAT

UKAT’s comprehensive approach to GBL detox offers many benefits for those going through withdrawal. These include:

  • 24/7 medical monitoring: Our medical team provides round-the-clock monitoring and care, ensuring your safety and comfort throughout the GBL detox process.
  • Detox plans: Upon arrival, you will undergo a thorough medical assessment, which helps us formulate a GBL detox plan. This plan takes into account your health status, history of GBL use and specific needs and can be adapted as you hit milestones along the recovery journey.
  • Medication-assisted treatment: If necessary, we can employ medications to alleviate withdrawal symptoms and keep you safe and comfortable.


GBL rehab explained

UKAT’s GBL rehab programme integrates traditional, evidence-based therapies with holistic treatment approaches. This combination is crucial as it addresses the comprehensive spectrum of GBL addiction – from physical dependency to psychological and emotional factors. Our diverse range of therapies includes:

Group therapy
In group therapy, you will find a communal space where you can share your experiences and receive peer support. It fosters a sense of belonging and mutual understanding and helps build bonds long after you leave GBL rehab.
Individual therapy
Individual therapy offers you personalised sessions, providing a safe and confidential environment to delve into your issues and confront challenges related to GBL abuse and dependency.
Family therapy
Family therapy focuses on the impact of GBL use on family dynamics, improving communication within the family unit and fostering a path to recovery together.
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
CBT is one of the most effective rehab therapies, and it is used around the world. It aids in identifying and reshaping negative thought patterns and behaviours associated with your GBL use so you can develop healthier ways of thinking and acting.
Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT)
DBT combines CBT and mindfulness techniques to control your emotional reactions and give you effective coping strategies to navigate the challenges of GBL recovery.
Motivational interviewing
Motivational interviewing encourages you to discover and commit to your reasons for change and embrace the path to recovery, no matter what obstacles arise.
Holistic therapies
These include art therapy, sound therapy, meditation and mindfulness practices. These all help you develop focus, self-awareness and effective stress management skills, contributing to your overall well-being and ensuring a well-rounded and effective treatment experience.

Once your time in rehab is complete, you will then begin UKAT’s aftercare programme, which involves free outpatient group therapy every week for a year. This will ensure you get all the support you need to reintegrate back into everyday life and prevent GBL relapse.

Walk the path of GBL recovery with UKAT

Deciding to begin GBL addiction treatment is one of the bravest and most important choices you will ever make. At UKAT, we are dedicated to providing a comprehensive, empathetic and effective approach to GBL addiction treatment. Our team of professionals is committed to supporting you through every recovery phase.

For those struggling with GBL addiction, taking the first step towards recovery can be truly life-changing. If you are ready for that change, contact UKAT for more information and begin the journey towards a healthier, GBL-free life.


How can you prevent GBL relapse?
Preventing relapse is vital for sustained recovery from GBL addiction, requiring commitment, understanding personal triggers, and implementing strategies developed in rehab, such as adopting a healthy lifestyle, maintaining a structured routine, avoiding GBL-associated environments, practising stress management, staying involved in aftercare, and relying on support networks.
How long does GBL rehab take?
GBL rehab duration varies and is influenced by factors such as your specific needs and treatment progress. UKAT provides flexible GBL rehab programs to accommodate diverse requirements and time constraints. While recognizing potential time limitations, we encourage allocating as much time as possible to treatment for optimal progress to sustained healing.