What Is GHB?
GHB stands for gamma hydroxybutyric acid. It has a lot of street names including liquid ecstasy and grievous bodily harm. It is available in two different forms, a white powdered material and an odorless and colorless liquid variety. It is typically ingested in the form of a liquid mixture, and its most common liquid mixture involves alcohol. It has become especially popular among young adults who take it at raves and dance clubs, and it is also commonly used by body builders, but because of the effects it creates it is commonly used as a date rape drug.
What Is A Date Rape Drug?
Date rape refer to non-consensual sexual activity between two people who already know each other.
Rape occurs when someone is forced to perform a sexual act of any kind. When the victim knows their rapist – as an acquaintance, a friend or even a boyfriend or girlfriend – it can also be called date rape.
The most common date rape drugs include:
These drugs limit memory and cause unconsciousness or feelings of immobility.
What Is Ketamine?
Ketamine is also known as:
- Super Acid
- Special K
It comes in two different forms, an off-white or white powdered form and a clear liquid form. Its most common use is as a tranquilizer for animals, though the liquid form can also be injected, added to smoking materials or consumed in drinks. When you dissolve the powder form you can inject it or mix it into drinks. Some people inject Ketamine intramuscularly, which means injecting the drug directly into the muscle. Ketamine is a popular club drug and it is also common as a predatory or date rape drug because it produces such a strong sedative effect and may also cause memory loss.
What Is Rohypnol?
This is a manufactured pill also known as:
- Mexican Valium
It is taken in pill form, orally, though some people crush and snort it, or dissolve it in drinks to use it as a date rape drug. This is one of the most common types of predatory drugs, but drug makers are making changes that will allow it to be visible when dissolved in drinks.
The Dangers of Predatory Drugs
These drugs are capable of rendering the person using them or the victim, completely incapable of resisting physical or sexual advances. Sexual assaults that are facilitated by these drugs are unfortunately quite difficult to recognize and even prosecute, because many of the victims are completely unaware of the fact that they ingested a drug at all. These drugs are all odorless and invisible once they are dissolved into a drink. Sometimes they have a slightly salty taste to them, but if they are dissolved into a flavored drink such as a soda, liquid, juice or beer, they are almost completely undetectable and this is why they are used.
These drugs are all capable of creating memory problems, and due to these memory problems, the victim in the situation may be completely unaware of the attack for as long as 8 to 12 hours following the occurrence. These particular drugs are also metabolized quite quickly, and so by the time the victim has realized what has transpired, there is probably little physical evidence remaining to support their claim that a drug was used in order to facilitate a physical attack. The memory impairment that these drugs create also plays a role in eliminating any evidence of the attack since the victim is often unaware of what transpired for most of the attack.
Getting Help for Predatory Drug Use
Although most predatory drugs do not cause a physical addiction, there is a substantial psychological connection to this type of an addiction. This connection needs to be treated just as a physical addiction does in order to break free from the drug. This requires a recovery program that offers the individual the ability to work through those underlying issues that are causing addictive behavior in the first place. Through the use of both group therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy, the individual will learn coping mechanisms for dealing with stress in their lives. They learn that they could fall prey to other drugs as well as the ones they are used to abusing. Following the course of therapy will also help the person to be able to spot danger signs along the way.
If the individual is in an in-patient treatment facility for their rehabilitation, they will likely work in group therapy even after leaving the facility. This could consist of meetings on a regular basis with others in similar circumstances as well as following a regimen of regular one on one therapy sessions. Those addicted to predatory drugs may also find that a support person or sponsor is useful in keeping on the right track to recovery. These individuals will act as the persons’ support in case of doubt or potentially falling back into drug use. The person will learn the skills necessary to recognize potential hazards when it comes to pitfalls that could easily put them right back into drug use.