Rohypnol made headlines in the 1990s for its infamous use as a date-rape drug. Also known by the street name “roofies,” Rohypnol is a benzodiazepine-class drug with 10 times the potency of Valium or Xanax. It is not legally available in the U.S., but the drug is widely sold on the black market. Often costing only a few dollars per pill, Rohypnol has become increasingly popular among teens and young adults as an inexpensive club drug. As with all benzodiazepines, it is highly addictive. Using drugs presents countless risks, but a recovering Rohypnol addict can face particular dangers should he or she relapse.
Rohypnol Tolerance Levels
During a relapse, the recovering addict typically binges on the drug. The danger is elevated, however, because of changing tolerance levels, which involves the following:
- The body develops a tolerance to Rohypnol over time with habitual use.
- The new tolerance level now requires higher doses to achieve the same effects.
- The user’s body becomes accustomed to the new dosage level.
- The body’s tolerance gradually begins to decrease during treatment and rehab.
- Most people who relapse do not account for the tolerance decline.
Lower tolerance levels also create a lower threshold for overdose, drug interaction and respiratory failure, which makes a relapse particularly dangerous. Likewise, there may be an intense spike in the drug’s undesirable effects, including the following:
- Serious memory lapses and amnesiac episodes
- Reversal of neurobiological healing that occurred in recovery
- Potential degradation of mental health and vital organs
- Dangerous synergistic effects with other sedatives and opiates
Because of these dangers, it is important to establish preventive measures as a part of the recovery.
Preventing Rohypnol Relapse
There are several possible measures that can help prevent or minimize a relapse, including the following:
- Staying active in a local support group even when the recovery feels strong
- Finding an engaged recovery sponsor and reaching out whenever struggle ensues
- Continually renewing commitments to work the therapies
- Finding ways to get loved ones actively involved in the recovery
- Establishing outside accountability to monitor progress and setbacks
Furthermore, recovering addicts must commit to get help whenever a relapse occurs. In most cases, the person should reenter rehab treatment and reestablish the foundation for recovery.
Benzodiazepine Addiction Treatment
As most recovering Rohypnol addicts know, benzodiazepine detox is excruciating and dangerous if done abruptly. For this reason, rehab facilities gradually wean the toxins from the system for a safer and more comfortable withdrawal. To reestablish the recovery, treatment can involve a variety of potential therapies, including the following:
- Screenings and integrated treatment for co-occurring mood disorders
- Physical health treatments for any damage caused by the Rohypnol abuse
- Holistic options to ease withdrawal symptoms and promote a healthy lifestyle
- Counseling to explore unresolved conflict and other potential relapse triggers
- Behavioral therapies that help improve attitude, perspective and reactions
- Group therapy to discuss coping mechanisms and recovery strategies
Treatment counselors will also evaluate the recovery structure at home and recommend possible changes, such as the following:
- Referrals to a new local support group
- Recommendation to change recovery sponsors
- The enlistment of a sober companion
- Combining services under a case manager
Rehab facilities can also address loved ones who either enabled the relapse or need advice on assisting the recovery.
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