Nature vs. Nurture: What Makes a Rohypnol Addict?

Nature vs. Nurture: What Makes a Rohypnol Addict?

Addiction is a multifaceted disease that can develop in different ways. There are both environmental and genetic factors that contribute to developing the condition. The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) estimates that each component contributes about 50% to a person’s total risk.

Why People Abuse Rohypnol

The first step to Rohypnol addiction is initial consumption. Although anyone can use and abuse this drug, it is popular among teens and young adults. It is generally considered a party or club drug, used in social gatherings and raves. Although the drug cannot be legally prescribed or sold in theUnited States, it is widely available.

Rohypnol is often abused in connection with other drugs. It is a sedative, which can balance the unwanted effects of stimulants like cocaine or methamphetamine, or it can ease withdrawal symptoms from heroin or prescription painkillers. A 2006 report in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence examined data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, and it determined that less than 1% of club drug users used only club drugs and no other substances.

The Biological Basis of Rohypnol Dependence

Rohypnol is a benzodiazepine that works by increasing GABA, a neurotransmitter. When drugs increase neurotransmitters, the body reacts by producing less or by making receptor cells less sensitive. As people continue taking these drugs, the body continues to adapt. This leads to tolerance, which requires larger amounts to feel relief. Eventually the body sees the drug as necessary and adapts neurotransmitter levels accordingly. When the drug is absent, levels are out of balance and withdrawal symptoms occur. This is known as drug dependence. People are addicted when they use Rohypnol despite negative consequences.

Factors for Rohypnol Addiction

Many risk factors for drug abuse have been identified. NIDA notes that these include lack of parental supervision, substance use by peers, poverty and easy availability of drugs. Early aggressive behavior in children is also associated with a higher risk of drug abuse.

Understanding risk factors is important for counteracting them. Early intervention is an important goal and small steps in that direction can have large results. A 2011 report in the journal Addiction Science and Clinical Practice discussed results of a classroom behavior management intervention known as the Good Behavior Game. First and second-grade students who participated in the game had significantly lower rates of drug and alcohol disorders as young adults. The most benefit was seen for males who were identified in the first grade as being aggressive and disruptive.

Rohypnol Addiction Is Treatable

No matter the cause, Rohypnol addiction is a serious, but treatable disease. If you are ready to address it, give us a call. Our toll-free helpline is available 24 hours a day, and our counselors can help you find a treatment program that meets your needs. They can help you determine all your options by checking your insurance coverage if you wish, at no cost or obligation. They understand the issues and know how to address them. Call now and begin to reclaim your life.