Rohypnol is illegal in the US, but it is widely available on the black market and in other countries. This drug, commonly called “roofies,” is infamously known as the “date-rape drug” because it induces extended black outs that encourage sexual assault. Rohypnol is a benzodiazepine with 10 times the strength of Xanax, Valium and many other drugs. Despite this risk, Rohypnol is relatively cheap, and it is particularly popular with teens and young adults. People also abuse this drug to self-medicate insomnia, anxiety, panic attacks and other conditions. This means that the dangers of Rohypnol abuse are substantial, and you should make every effort to encourage your boyfriend into rehab.
Dangers of Rohypnol Abuse
Rohypnol abuse can engender the following dangers:
- Amnesia that can result in deep memory lapses
- Changes in brain function, chemistry and dopamine production
- Degradation of the user’s vital organs and mental health
- Dramatic mood changes involving rage, aggression and anxiety
- Dangerous synergistic effects with alcohol, sedatives and opiates
When taken in high doses or with certain substances, Rohypnol can cause a potentially lethal overdose as the respiratory system completely crashes.
Rohypnol Addiction Interventions
Rohypnol addicts typically deny their addictions or promise sobriety when confronted about their drug abuse, which can make it difficult to get your addicted boyfriend into professional help. In many cases, the most effective way to encourage recovery is through an intervention, which can include the following aspects:
- Gathering loved ones in a safe place to address drug use
- Writing intervention letters that recount the addiction’s effects
- Reading the letters aloud to the addict as directed by an interventionist
- Maintaining a loving atmosphere that resists argument
There is an art to interventions, so it is worth utilizing a professional to reach your addicted boyfriend. If an intervention is unfeasible, an addiction professional can still help in the following ways:
- Evaluate if you are enabling or triggering your boyfriend’s drug use
- Determine if the boyfriend’s drug use and behavior put you at risk
- Encourage joint counseling or other ways to get your boyfriend treatment
- Consider how changes in your behavior might produce positive results
Agreeing to stop taking a drug and actually stopping use are two different challenges, but once you help your boyfriend make the first choice, addiction professionals can help with the second.
Rohypnol Addiction Treatment
Abruptly quitting Rohypnol can cause protracted withdrawal symptoms, including potentially fatal seizures, which is why treatment centers supervise detox. After purging this drug from the body, rehab centers then offer the following services:
- Treatment for concurrent physical and mental health issues
- Holistic therapies to ease anxiety, insomnia and other withdrawal symptoms
- Counseling to address drug use triggers and unconscious conflicts
- Behavioral therapies that promote positive mental and emotional responses
- Group meetings to discuss coping strategies and support structures
Rohypnol is a dangerous drug, so it is important to address abuse even if an addiction has yet to develop.
Help for Your Boyfriend’s Rohypnol Abuse
Call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline to speak with one of our addiction counselors. We can discuss treatment options, intervention assistance and even check health insurance policies for coverage. Rohypnol abuse can have serious consequences, so please call now.