Rohypnol is a benzodiazepine that works by manipulating brain neurotransmitters to elevate feelings of calm. It is relatively safe and carries little risk of overdose when taken for short periods of time as directed by the prescribing physician. However, some people suffer side effects of confusion and brief memory loss when they take it even at normal doses. Taking the drug while drinking alcohol increases this risk.
Legal uses of Rohypnol, a benzodiazepine, include the following:
- Skeletal muscle relaxant
Rohypnol is a popular club drug, although its intended uses are as a hypnotic, anticonvulsant, sedative or muscle relaxer. Also known as the “date rape drug,” it can easily be slipped into drinks undetected because it is colorless and odorless. Within 30 minutes of ingestion, the victim becomes unable to remember a sexual assault.
Other illicit uses of Rohypnol include the following:
- Intensify feelings of intoxication
- Boost effects of heroin
- Modulate the effects of cocaine
The drug is not intended for long-term use. Taking it for an extended period of time can lead to tolerance and physical and psychological dependence. An individual with an addiction to Rohypnol will exhibit signs that include the following:
- Preoccupation with maintaining a supply of the drug
- Social isolation due to increased use
Stopping Rohypnol abruptly can induce painful withdrawal symptoms such as the following:
- Delirium tremens
Medical supervision is vital for a safe recovery, which is why the best way to get sober is to seek professional treatment.
Violence and Rohypnol
Even though Rohypnol is a depressant, in some individuals it has the opposite effect. Occasional side effects include the following:
- Aggressive behavior
When taken by certain individuals in conjunction with alcohol, Rohypnol can cause violent behavior that may become severe. Users can become ruthless, coldblooded and aggressive, yet have no recollection of the acts they committed in an impaired state. They may feel an inflated sense of personal power, reduced feelings of insecurity and a feeling of invincibility. In treatment, people with Rohypnol addictions not only detox from the substance but also examine underlying violent tendencies in order to learn new coping skills.
Recovery from Rohypnol
If you or someone you love struggles with Rohypnol abuse, you are not alone. Admission coordinators at our toll-free, helpline are available 24 hours a day to guide you to wellness. You never have to go back to a life of addiction. Please call now and start your recovery today.