The drug Rohypnol is illegal in the United States, but still legally prescribed in many other countries as a sedative. It is smuggled across US borders and often finds its way into the hands of America’s youth, particularly high school and college students, who know it by the following names:
This drug is also used often against others as a “date rape” drug.
There is hope for those addicted to Rohypnol, but only if they are willing to take an honest look at what led them to addiction in the first place. Unless root issues are addressed in an addict’s life, they will just resurface somewhere else, even after detox. The following are common factors that lead to Rohypnol addiction:
The Properties of Rohypnol Make It Addictive
Some drugs are simply more addictive than others, with physical dependence developing on the first or second dose. In the case of Rohypnol, the physical dependence is severe. That’s why it’s never a good idea to quit this drug cold turkey but to use a medically supervised taper-down method. Intense withdrawal symptoms such as seizures and psychosis can result when an addict’s body is denied the drug. Another factor with Rohypnol is the availability of the drug at a fairly inexpensive price. For about the price of a gourmet cup of coffee, a young person can experience up to 8 hours of intoxication.
Upbringing and Environment Affect Rohypnol Addiction
When a person is raised in an environment where drugs and alcohol are present and visibly abused, he or she will have lowered defenses when the opportunity comes to do the same. Drugs are seen as a way to cope with everyday life or as merely recreational. Rohypnol is often used recreationally, accompanying parties, raves and bar scenes. Even if a person has not been raised around substance abuse, falling in with the wrong crowd as a young person can pave the way to experimentation and addiction quickly.
Emotional Distress Affects Rohypnol Addiction
A common denominator among drug users is emotional distress that leads to addiction. For many users even a low level of stress is perceived as intolerable. For others, extreme emotional scars brought on by such trauma as childhood abuse create a need to dull the pain. Rohypnol addiction is often accompanied by other drug use in order to increase the effects of one or the other or to avoid the crash associated with stimulants. With this kind of overlapping substance abuse, one can stay numb from emotional distress for days at a time.
Genetic Risk Affects Rohypnol Addiction
Researchers continue to make connections between addiction and genetic predisposition. This could have something to do with the way a person’s brain chemistry works, the release of dopamine to the pleasure center of the brain or tendencies toward clinical depression.
Recovery from Rohypnol Addiction
If you or someone you know is addicted to Rohypnol, recovery is within reach. Professional treatment specialists are standing by to help begin the journey to freedom. Our helpline is toll-free, and we’re available 24 hours a day.