Is Anyone Else Affected by My Rohypnol Addiction?

By Alanna Hilbink

If you misuse Rohypnol, you may think that your addiction doesn’t affect the people around you. It’s your addiction, so it’s your problem, right? Well, this isn’t necessarily true. Yes, you are the one struggling with addiction, the one whose mental and physical health are directly affected. No, you are not the only one experiencing pain, hurt and potential long-term effects. You are not the only one who can find hope in recovery. You and your family benefit from facing addiction head-on and joining together to seek healing.

Rohypnol Addiction and Family and Friends

What Is Actually Involved in an Intervention?

When you use Rohypnol, you spend all your time, energy and money on your addiction. You become separated from those you love most. This hurts you. It takes away the love and support your friends and family want to give you.

“The life I was living was not the one I wanted. By abusing drugs and alcohol, I was selling myself short from becoming the man I always knew I could be. It made me numb to my friends, girlfriends and, most importantly, my family,” Chase B. says in his personal story on heroesinrecovery.com. “Today, my life is truly amazing. I have real friends, an amazing girlfriend and a loving family back in my life. I was able to start my own business that gives back to families that don’t know where to turn to help someone that is struggling with addiction. I am able to enjoy the things in life that matter like relationships, happiness, love and joy.”

When you use Rohypnol, you also hurt your friends and family. They feel they are losing a person they care for and value. They may blame themselves and begin to think negatively or destructively. They may even turn to drugs as well to manage these feelings. Psychology Today explains, “The addiction of a loved one brings up many difficult questions that may leave you unable to understand what is happening and why, and feeling like you are riding an emotional roller coaster you can’t get off. You may find yourself struggling with a number of painful and conflicting emotions, including guilt, shame, self-blame, frustration, anger, sadness, depression, anxiety and fear.”1

You know addiction makes you feel these things, but you may not have realized it makes your loved ones feel the same.

Rohypnol Addiction, Employment and Finances

Addiction does more than affect emotions. It affects income and finances. Rohypnol impairs your judgment, coordination and focus. It can put your coworkers in danger. Addiction results in missed work, poor performance or job loss. Believe it or not, your addiction can actually affect your loved one’s employment as well.

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence explains that “family members living with someone’s alcoholism or drug use may also suffer significant job performance related problems — including absenteeism, lack of focus, increased health-related problems and use of health insurance.”2 Even if a family member’s job isn’t affected, he or she may be helping cover your rent, hospital bills and other costs. Rohypnol addiction leaves both you and your family struggling financially. When you begin recovery, you begin to put your and your loved one’s money toward a better future. You work toward growth, rather than just making ends meet. You can develop the life skills you need to support yourself and your family. You can begin a career that otherwise seemed impossible or out of reach.

Addiction and the Community

You can see the influence Rohypnol has on your life and the life of those closest to you. But what about the community around you? How does your addiction affect the lives of those you barely know? Some of the effects are direct. If you drive a car while under the influence, you endanger those around you. A simple trip to the store can result in a tragic accident. Other effects of addiction on community are less obvious, but still damaging.

The community shares the burden of drug-related costs that include the following:

  • Higher insurance costs
  • Increased pressure on medical facilities to treat consequences of drug addiction
  • Higher crime rate and increased need for police
  • Increased pressure on judicial system
  • Increased need for social services
  • Higher taxes to pay for government services

The costs your community faces aren’t just financial — They are emotional and social as well. Addiction drives people apart. Stigma and misunderstandings create gaps within communities. The Huffington Post shares, “The opposite of addiction is not sobriety. It is human connection.” 3 Addiction causes disconnect. It feeds on loneliness. As you recover from your substance abuse, you build or rebuild close relationships. You also build a greater connection to the community around you. As everyone comes to understand addiction better, we all find ways to reach out and heal.

Help for Everyone Affected by Rohypnol Addiction

You can heal yourself. You can heal your family, your relationships and your career. It is never too late to take a step away from addiction and toward a new, drug-free future. We are here 24 hours a day to answer your questions. We can help you find the best treatment for you, your friends and your family. If you or a loved one needs help, call today.


Sources:

1 Mager, Dan. “Addiction as a Family Affliction.” Psychology Today. 2 May 2016. Accessed 16 Dec. 2017.

2Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace.” National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. 25 Apr. 2015. Accessed 18 Dec. 2017.

3 Harl, Johan. “The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It’s Not What You Think.” Huffington Post. 20 Jan. 2015. Accessed 18 Dec. 2017.