Rohypnol is the brand name for the drug flunitrazepam. In both Europe and South America, Rohypnol is a commonly prescribed sedative; however the drug is banned from use in the U.S. In spite of the drug’s illicit status it continues to be a popular drug among recreational drug users.
Many people are familiar with the numerous slang terms used to describe Rohypnol, such as the “date rape drug,” “roofies,” “Mexican Valium,” and the “forget-me pill.” These terms have evolved from the drugs powerful sedating and memory-impairing effects. Experts claim that the effects of Rohypnol are at least five times more potent than other commonly prescribed sedatives like Valium or Xanax. The punch Rohypnol provide is immense and people enjoy the high it provides as well as the black-out effect. The drug is also well-known as a tool used for sexual assault or date rape, where predators give their victim the drug unknowingly so that he or she will lose consciousness and have difficulty remembering what happened when the drugs wears off.
No matter what a person’s intentions are for using Rohypnol, there is always the risk of overdose, accidents, injury and addiction. When Rohypnol use is repeated, a person can develop a tolerance, physical dependence and addiction to the drug. Rohypnol addiction, like most drug addictions, can be grueling, difficult to overcome and cause serious consequences if untreated.
How Rehab Works to Treat Rohypnol Addiction
Addiction is a disease that is very misunderstood. For years, people have viewed addiction as a sign of delinquency or moral weakness instead of a debilitating, clinical, mental health disorder. Because of this the general public and addicts themselves are not always convinced that they need professional treatment to overcome addiction. Too often people will suggest that others, or believe that they themselves, can break a physical addiction with willpower and hard work. Addiction is a progressive, powerful disease, and very few individuals can quit an addiction on their own, let alone maintain sobriety long-term.
For people who develop a physical addiction to Rohypnol, it becomes incredibly tough to stop or even cut back use because of withdrawal symptoms and intense drug cravings. Once a physical addiction sets in, a person becomes dependent or reliant on the drug in order to feel normal. When drug use ceases, a person can experience headaches, restlessness, irritability, anxiety, mental cloudiness, muscle pain, hallucinations, convulsions and more. These symptoms can be overwhelming and fuel the intense drug cravings that go along with addiction. Willpower can only work to subdue the cravings and withdrawal symptoms for so long. Furthermore, withdrawal can be dangerous and lead to compromising health conditions including seizures, panic attacks and more.
Rehab can help individuals detox from Rohypnol safely and as comfortable as possible. Rehab significantly increases the odds of a person overcoming a physical addiction as well as improves the chances of long-term recovery success. Professional rehab treatment will provide addicts with a place to detox at a rate that is appropriate for their condition. Patients will be monitored by rehab staff to ensure their safety and comfort, and after detox is complete and the individual’s vitals are stable, they are prepared for continued addiction treatment.
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