Rohypnol is a powerful sedative most often referred to as the “date-rape” drug. Rohypnol is not available legally in the United States, but it is used legally as a sleeping pill and as a pre-anesthetic in many other countries. Rohypnol is a central nervous system depressant. It produces hypnotic-sedation, muscle relaxation and intoxication that lasts from 2 to 8 hours. Rohypnol is highly habit forming, and those who use the drug recreationally risk addiction. When someone is in recovery from Rohypnol addiction, the psychological dependence on the drug can leave a void when the substance abuse is stopped.
Rohypnol Addiction Symptoms
Using Rohypnol even for the short term can lead to drug tolerance. Physical and psychological dependence on the drug can develop in just a few weeks. Stopping Rohypnol suddenly when tolerance is present can cause painful and even dangerous withdrawal symptoms. If you or a loved one uses Rohypnol, look for the following signs of drug addiction:
- Needing more of the drug to achieve the same results
- Needing a supply of the drug on hand at all times
- Becoming preoccupied with getting and using the drug
- Engaging in dangerous activities, like driving, while under the influence of the drug
- Taking risks to get and use the drug although it is illegal
- Going into debt to get and use the drug
Rohypnol withdrawal symptoms can be dangerous because the central nervous system becomes dependent on the drug to function “normally.” If any of the following withdrawal symptoms develop from stopping the drug seek help immediately:
- Headache and muscle pain
- Extreme anxiety, tension, restlessness, confusion, and irritability
- Numbness and tingling of the extremities
- Hallucinations, delirium, convulsions, seizures or shock
Entering treatment for Rohypnol addiction means leaving the drug behind. Therapists and counselors help those in recovery learn coping skills to deal with the void left by the absence of the drug. Rediscovering forgotten hobbies and interests, learning new skills and focusing on health and wellness are all ways to deal with drug cravings. Once treatment ends, staying involved in a support group or 12-step program and developing new relationships with people who are on the same journey increases the chances of recovery success. Filling the void with positive life choices decreases the risk of relapse.
Finding Help for Rohypnol Addiction
If you or a loved one struggles with Rohypnol addiction, we are here to help you. Call our toll-free helpline to speak to an admissions coordinator about treatment options.