How Helping Others Can Boost Your Recovery from Rohypnol

How Helping Others Can Boost Your Recovery from Rohypnol

Rohypnol is a powerful psychotropic drug that creates both physical and psychological addiction when abused. It is categorized as a benzodiazepine and has sedative hypnotic properties that make it popular with recreational drug users, often as a part of a designer drug cocktail. Rohypnol is also known as the “date rape drug” due to the unfortunate exploitation of the amnesic effects it causes when combined with alcohol. Due to its high potential for abuse, and the availability of much safer alternatives, Rohypnol has been banned in the United States. However, smuggled supplies of the drug continue to make it to American streets from foreign countries.

Recovering from Rohypnol addiction requires extensive and specialized physiological and psychological rehabilitation. One of the most helpful aspects of this kind of treatment is the opportunity to help others on their journey to recovery.

Comprehensive Psychological Rehabilitation

As with all benzodiazepines, Rohypnol provides its calming effects by enhancing the effects of certain naturally occurring chemicals in the central nervous system. The euphoric high and intensely calming effect directly impacts the same part of the brain that manages the following psychological functions:

  • Managing anxiety and stress
  • Fear response
  • Memory
  • Impulse control
  • Emotional responses
  • Sleeping and waking

The drug blocks symptoms of psychological distress or illness, including the following conditions:

  • Depression
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Panic attacks
  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Post-traumatic stress

The brain recognizes the relief provided by the drug and then craves that relief in ways that are much more powerful than rational thought. If the drug becomes unavailable the addict will experience a range of short-term physiological symptoms, including nausea, vomiting, pain and convulsions, and longer lasting psychological symptoms including obsessive drug-seeking behavior, lying and irresistible cravings. Lasting recovery requires healing for both the obvious symptoms of the addiction as well as the underlying psychological disorder that fuels them.

The most successful Rohypnol recovery programs accomplish this multi-level healing by developing unique treatment plans for each patient. The following are the most critical elements of effective Rohypnol rehab:

  • Individual and group counseling
  • Education
  • Developing effective skills for coping with emotional distress
  • Spiritual and emotional support
  • Long-term aftercare

As the addict achieves physiological healing from the effects of the drug, emotional recovery is possible. One of the most effective recovery tools is the process of helping others recover from their disease as well.

How You Can Help Others

Helping others is beneficial to the addiction recovery process in the following ways:

  • It builds self-esteem
  • It creates an extended circle of accountability
  • Each recovering addict benefits intellectually and emotionally from the stories of others confronting the disease
  • Deep relationships are formed that can reinforce sobriety over long periods of time

For many addicts the fact that there are others out there pulling for them and believing that they can overcome the disease is enough of an emotional boost to get them through rehab. There are many ways you can help a Rohypnol addict, including attending meetings, sharing your recovery story and remaining transparent and accountable with everyone.

Toll-Free Rohypnol Helpline

If you would like more information about how you can help someone else on his or her road to Rohypnol recovery please call our toll-free helpline today. Our staff members are standing by all day and night with immediate and confidential answers to all of your questions and access to the best treatment programs in the country. Many addicts experience profound shame and deep self-esteem deficiency. They find it hard to imagine a life without drugs. Don’t let misinformed fatalism keep you, or your addicted friend, from getting the kind of help that changes lives. Call now.