GHB can become a drug of abuse because it follows the same pattern of addiction that many other drugs do. When taking GHB on a consistent basis, the user will inevitably build up a tolerance to the drug. Some slowly, some quickly, but nonetheless tolerance is built. As with most drugs that have an upper threshold before overdose is achieved, users will begin to climb towards that threshold in pursuit of the effects of the drug.
Because GHB is typically done in similar environments that alcohol and cocaine can be found, the abuse potential furthers as many people erroneously believe GHB addiction is unlikely as other drugs or is somehow less “dangerous”. All drugs are dangerous when used recreationally or leisurely as the potential for addiction is there.