Deciding what to do when a friend or family member is addicted to Rohypnol can be challenging and intimidating. Perhaps she is exhibiting the signs of addiction, but you do not know for certain. Or if you know for certain, you may fear how she may react when you confront her. However, ultimately you know you cannot simply stand by while the addiction goes untreated.
Rohypnol is a benzodiazepine that produces immediate sedation. It is not approved for legal medical treatment in the U.S., and it is one of the most addictive benzodiazepines out there. The following side effects can help a user’s friends and family determine if someone is addicted and needs help:
- Impaired motor coordination
- Slurred speech
- Amnesia and memory problems
- Nausea and vomiting
Other signs of Rohypnol addiction include secretive behavior, an inability to function without medication and abandoning responsibilities. If you notice many of these problems in a user, seek professional help to get your loved one into treatment.
How to Confront a Rohypnol Addict
It is natural for an addict’s loved ones to want to do all they can to help. When preparing for the first time to approach a Rohypnol addict about his addiction, it is a good idea to be straightforward without being severe. Get the facts about Rohypnol addiction, including the dangers, psychological effects, legal ramifications and treatment options. Armed with this information, you can communicate clearly about the dangers and recovery options.
If you approach an addict about her addiction and the meeting is ineffective, it may be time to involve other family members and friends. Furthermore, consider hiring a professional, especially if the addict has a history of violence or mental illness. A family mediator or professional interventionist will help facilitate an intervention, a process that includes the following steps:
- Gathering information – This involves speaking with friends and family members about the addiction and how it damaged aspects of their lives and the addict’s. The mediator will discuss what the addict needs for individualized treatment, and also ask the participants to write down what they want to express to the addict.
- Facilitating communication – Many people think interventions are angry and emotionally charged meetings, but this is not so with the help of a mediator. These professionals can run the meetings smoothly so that the attendees can accomplish their purpose of encouraging treatment. The mediator will speak for the participants and present the treatment plan to the addict.
With the right help, you can get through to addicted loved one.
Treatment for Rohypnol Addiction
If you have a loved one struggling with Rohypnol addiction, call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline to speak with a counselor about treatment options. You can help your loved one regain control of his life if you call us today.