Referred to on the streets as “roofies” and the “date rape drug,” Rohypnol (flunitrazepam) is a hypnotic medication with anxiolytic, amnestic, hypnotic, skeletal muscle-relaxant and sedative qualities. The medication is prescribed for severe insomnia. Rohypnol is a fast-acting sleeping drug that, once ingested, causes the person to have little to no memory about what occurs while under the effects.
Signs of Rohypnol Addiction
In addition to the physical and psychological dependence of most drug addictions, Rohypnol addiction also leads to the following problems:
- Causes memory loss or amnesia
- Reduces the quality of sleep
- Impairs speech and balance
- Creates mood swings
- Presents with physical signs of vomiting and headaches
- Causes respiratory depression that can lead to coma
As with most drug addictions, the risk of overdose increases when consuming alcohol, taking opiates or central nervous system depressants with Rohypnol.
How to Approach a Rohypnol Addict
Holding an intervention is a serious matter that requires all people involved to be committed to making the addict aware of their concerns about the addiction. This is not a responsibility that can be taken lightly, because, for many people, addiction can lead to a destroyed life or even death. When a group of people come together to plan an intervention and conduct a successful experience, there are common pitfalls that you want to avoid including the following:
- Wrong participants. Loving the addict and wanting to help does not necessarily make you a good candidate to participate in an intervention. If your previous relationship with the addict was such that you enabled their addiction, you have to decide whether you can discontinue that rationalization and clearly communicate the addict’s responsibility in their addiction.
- Overwhelming the addict. To avoid making the addict feel that he or she is being overwhelmed be sure that one person leads the intervention and keeps everyone behaving in a calm and rational manner. Only one person should speak at a time, and the addict should be given the opportunity to respond to the speaker.
- Current state. You have spent a lot of time planning the intervention, and it required that you coordinated everyone’s schedules and set up a pre-admission appointment with a rehab facility, so you don’t want to delay or postpone the intervention. However, if the addict is currently under the influence, it makes more sense to wait until the addict is sober and when the people involved can behave in a calm manner.
- Unclear messages. In an emotionally charged interaction, human nature is such that people want to reduce the tension of the exchange. However, in the case of an intervention, it is critical that you speak candidly to the addict. Be specific and back up your statements with specific examples.
- Not prepared. Be sure that you have answers to common questions an addict might have such as the following: Where would I have to go? For how long? Once you’ve gotten the addict to agree to treatment, get her or him admitted immediately. Therefore, you should have a bag packed, travel arrangements made and acceptance into a program.
Get Help for Rohypnol Addiction
Approaching a Rohypnol addict can be difficult. However, it is possible and we can help, so please call our toll-free helpline today. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about Rohypnol addiction treatment. We are here to help.