Rohypnol is probably most known as the infamous “date rape drug.” It has been used to sedate people without their knowledge, lowering their awareness of what is happening to them and giving them specific amnesia, making it hard for them to identify their abuser. It has been used to sexually assault women and to rob people. A large dose can be dropped into someone’s drink, rendering them unable to remember anything about the crimes committed against them. But Rohypnol’s reach extends well beyond these types of use. As a potent psychoactive benzodiazepine with strong sedative properties and a high risk of brain damage and addiction Rohypnol is not legal for any use in the United States.
How Rohypnol Is Used and Abused
Rohypnol is manufactured for use in other countries, and is smuggled into the US for street distribution. It is often found in the party-scene of late night clubs and raves. It is frequently combined with other drugs and alcohol, intensifying its effects and greatly increasing the likelihood of serious damage and addiction. High doses and certain combinations can be fatal.
Users of Rohypnol develop dependency very quickly, signs of which include the following:
- Lack of coordination
- Intense mood changes
- Slurred speech
- Suicidal thoughts or actions
In some cases patients who have developed a tolerance will cease to experience any of the effects of the drug even when they are still taking it. Unfortunately their brain still requires the presence of the chemical in order to function at all. Users who stop taking the drug will experience some potentially severe withdrawal symptoms, including these:
- Persistent memory loss
- Muscle pain and cramping
Rohypnol Addiction Counseling
There is no safe use of Rohypnol. It is one of the most addictive benzodiazepines and is extremely difficult to quit. It is important that when a Rohypnol addict decides to quit, he does not do it “cold turkey.” Specially trained counselors will help users get the proper treatment to address both his physical dependency on the drug, as well as the psychological or emotional addictions that develop. Often there are other contributing, or co-occurring mental health issues that must be diagnosed and addressed as well. Drugs like Rohypnol seriously hamper the human brain’s ability to make healthy, rational decisions. Counselors are there to help the person sort out their issues, develop a vision for a healthy drug-free future, and then take the necessary detox and rehab steps to see that future come to fruition.
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