Rohypnol is a powerful anti-anxiety medication ten times more powerful than Valium. It is tasteless and odorless, and it dissolves easily in carbonated beverages and alcohol; in fact, its sedative and toxic effects are amplified when taken with alcohol. It is most often called the “date rape drug,” because women are often sexually assaulted under its influence. Many people also refer to Rohypnol by its nicknames, such as the following list:
- Forget-me pill
- Mexican Valium
Rohypnol causes extreme drowsiness, blackouts and anterograde amnesia. Because of these properties, it has not been approved for use in the US, but it is still smuggled into the country.
How Rohypnol Makes You Feel
Rohypnol makes people feel extremely relaxed and at ease, much like being intoxicated. It also lowers inhibitions, which means that under its influence you will behave in bizarre ways because you lack the self-restraint and judgment to be wise. Furthermore, the drug often causes memory loss for a period of time. Someone who wants to feel good and forget about daily life for a while may like taking the drug, and she may become dependent upon the feelings Rohypnol provides, even if those feelings are chemically induced.
Dependence on Rohypnol
Rohypnol creates physical dependence over time, which means your body will become accustomed to the presence of the drug. Addicts will experience physical signs of withdrawal when they go long enough without using. These withdrawal symptoms can be painful, which may cause addicts to take the drug again rather than not and dealing with pain of detox.
Physical dependence will diminish and eventually fade away during detox, but psychological dependence on Rohypnol does not disappear as quickly nor as easily. Addicts often think they cannot manage life without the help of the drug. As a result, users will continue taking the drug until the consequences of addiction are too great. During rehab, recovering addicts will learn to function and manage life’s struggles and stresses without turning to a drug.
Get Help for Your Rohypnol Addiction
If you or someone you love struggles with Rohypnol addiction, we can help. Call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline anytime, because you can talk with an admissions coordinator who understands the nature of addiction and the dangers of Rohypnol. Together, you can determine the best treatment options for your needs. Rohypnol can create serious problems, so get help today to begin recovery.