Rohypnol is a benzodiazepine that is prescribed for short-term use. It works by enhancing certain neurotransmitters in the brain to create a sense of calm. When taken as directed it is relatively safe and carries little risk of overdose. However, some of the drug’s effects can be dangerous, like confusion and short-term memory loss, especially when combined with alcohol or antihistamines. People may use Rohypnol legally for any of the following reasons:
- Skeletal muscle relaxant
A popular drug at raves, nightclubs, parties and bars, Rohypnol intensifies feelings of intoxication, boosts effects of heroin and modulates the effects of cocaine. Termed the “date rape drug” because of its ability to induce amnesia, it is highly addictive. Long-term use can lead to tolerance, physical and psychological dependence. Signs of dependence include the following issues:
- Tolerance (needing more of the drug to feel the same level of relief)
- Withdrawal when medication is discontinued
- Taking the drug in ways and at doses other than prescribed by a physician. This drug has been banned in the US, so possession may in itself indicate dependence.
- Preoccupation with acquiring the drug
- Social isolation resulting from increased use
People who abruptly stop taking Rohypnol sometimes experience seizures, delirium tremens and possibly death. Medical supervision is vital for a safe recovery.
Using Rohypnol to Cope With Grief
Some people use Rohypnol to cope with feelings of grief and loss because it boosts levels of “feel-good” neurotransmitters. When users get high on this drug, they do not feel physical and emotional pain, nor uncomfortable emotions like anxiety, grief and stress. This false sense of escape from emotional pain is a frequent trigger for both addiction and relapse. Therefore, in order to build lasting sobriety, users must learn to manage feelings instead of anesthetizing them. In treatment, many people learn healthy coping strategies which include the following methods:
- Reaching out – Talking about feelings decreases stress, anxiety and grief. Call a supportive friendor professional to regain perspective on a situation.
- Mixing up your routine – Identify times during the day and week when you are most likely to use. Schedule a different activity instead, like going to the gym.
- Journaling – Putting feelings on paper can bring relief
- Getting support – Attending a support group meeting breaks the isolation created by drug use
In recovery, many people learn that facing difficulties is the best way to overcome them.
Getting Help for Rohypnol Abuse and Grief
If you or someone you love struggles with Rohypnol addiction, help is available. Recovery counselors are available at our toll-free, 24 hour helpline to guide you and your family to wellness. Our counselors can help you understand your treatment options and find affordable solutions. Please call us today for instant support.