Rohypnol is a drug which has never been legal in the United States but is readily available to those who want it. It is a sedative drug in the benzodiazepine class, and addiction to Rohypnol can develop easily.
Although Rohypnol abuse isn’t limited to any age group, the drug is popular among high school and college students in part because of its relatively low cost. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration reported that in 2004, 1.6 percent of high school seniors used Rohypnol at least once. It is generally considered a “club drug,” as it is often used at parties, raves and dances. Because it is often sold in its original packaging, users may believe that it is legal or assume that it is safe. People may begin taking Rohypnol to have a good time and fit in with their friends. Others may begin taking the drug for its sedative or amnesic effects. Users of “upper” drugs may take benzodiazepines like Rohypnol to counteract unwanted effects from their primary drug of abuse. Users will begin taking Rohypnol in increasing quantities to avoid withdrawal symptoms. These occur, because Rohypnol causes physical changes to the bodies of those who use it regularly. Physiological changes also cause those addicted to Rohypnol to experience cravings for the drug and to have great difficulty controlling their consumption.
Rohypnol Addiction Treatment
Addiction is a treatable disease, but breaking free from the grip of Rohypnol addiction isn’t a quick or simple task. It is a multifaceted process. The first step on the journey is to undergo a medically managed detox. During detox, withdrawal symptoms are monitored and treated as the drug is cleared from a user’s body. Withdrawal from benzodiazepine drugs like Rohypnol can be very dangerous, so medical management is highly recommended. Some addiction treatment programs include detox as part of their services, while others accept clients after they have completed detox in a hospital or other clinical setting.
After detox, an addiction treatment program will provide a variety of services. Education is important, and patients learn what to expect as their minds and bodies heal. They learn relapse prevention skills, learn identify situations and thoughts that trigger their drug use cravings and work on motivational enhancement. In a quality treatment program any co-occurring mental or physical health conditions will be treated simultaneously with Rohypnol addiction. Addiction treatment can be either residential or outpatient.
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Breaking the cycle of Rohypnol addiction is possible, and we can help you figure out your next step. Our toll-free helpline is staffed around the clock with people ready to answer your addiction and treatment questions. We can assist you in sorting through treatment options and finding one that is right for you. Call today.