Rohypnol is a sedative that some people abuse recreationally. It is often called the date-rape drug because of the amnesic effect it has when combined with alcohol. Sexual predators and other criminals slip Rohypnol into people’s drinks to sexually assault or rob them. It causes short-term memory loss and may render someone incapable of resisting an attacker. When the drug is used recreationally it can enhance the intoxicating effects of other drugs or alcohol and is highly addictive.
How Does Rohypnol Work?
Rohypnol was developed as a sedative, but the US has outlawed it. However, this drug is diverted from foreign markets and is readily available through American drug dealers. The drug works by enhancing the effects of natural chemicals in the brain that manage sleep, anxiety control and other psychological effects. Rohypnol is one of the most addictive benzodiazepines.
When Rohypnol is combined with alcohol it intensifies the feeling of intoxication. It may also be combined with stimulants, hallucinogens or opiates to make a designer drug that people use at raves and dance clubs. This kind of recreational abuse can lead to an addiction almost immediately. When abused over time Rohypnol can lead any of the following health risks:
- Brain damage
- Suicidal thoughts or actions
If you experience or see any of these problems, get help immediately.
Signs of Rohypnol Addiction
Rohypnol is a powerful drug that can create any of the following symptoms:
- Physical clumsiness
- Heavy sleep
- Memory loss
A person who is high on Rohypnol will often be completely intoxicated and unable to hide her symptoms. However, as her dependency grows and her body develops a tolerance to the drug, she will need to maintain a constant supply of the drug just to function.
Some of the other symptoms of Rohypnol abuse and addiction are similar to other drug abuse signs, including the following:
- Loss of interest in previously important activities
- Relational withdrawal from family and other non-abusers
- Defensiveness or irritability when confronted about drug use concerns
- Sleep pattern disruption
- Decreasing performance at work or school
These symptoms often indicate addiction, so get help today if you child exudes these problems.
Helping Your Child Get Off of Rohypnol
If you are concerned that your child may be abusing Rohypnol, please call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline immediately. Our expert staff can answer any questions you have about the symptoms and treatment of Rohypnol addiction. We can also connect you with the most effective addiction recovery program for your specific needs. We’re here to help you navigate this dangerous situation and to help your loved one get clean safely.