Rohypnol Addiction and Senior Citizens

Rohypnol Addiction and Senior Citizens

Rohypnol, also known as flunitrazepam, is a drug that is not legalized for sale, purchase, or possession in the United States; however, it is available in countries across Europe, Central and South America, and Asia. Rohypnol is classified as a benzodiazepine. Benzodiazepines increase the effects of GABA, a neurotransmitter in the brain, reducing or slowing brain activity. Rohypnol is used to treat insomnia, to reduce anxiety, as a muscle relaxant, and can be used as a form of anesthesia. In the U.S. it is widely used for recreational purposes.

Rohypnol is an addictive medication and can lead to physical and psychological dependence within a matter of weeks.

Rohypnol and Senior Citizens

Limited research is available on the use of Rohypnol in the United States and specifically the use of Rohypnol among senior citizens. According to the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault, Rohypnol is used most commonly among individuals 13 to 30 years of age and males; however, Rohypnol use is not limited to this population.

Senior citizens may use Rohypnol in order to reduce anxiety, to treat depression, or to help with insomnia. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, older adults are just as likely to suffer from anxiety as young adults, with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) being the most common anxiety issue among seniors. Additionally, many senior citizens struggle from depression. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1% -5% of seniors struggle with major depression. Furthermore, elderly hospitalized patients and those who need home healthcare are at a much greater risk of depression, 11.5% and 13.5% respectively. Additionally, approximately 15% of the elderly population struggle with insomnia.

Senior citizens struggling with insomnia, depression or anxiety want and need relief from these issues just as much as any younger individuals, but medications and treatment can be expensive. Even though it is illegal in the U.S., some senior citizens may turn to Rohypnol to treat their health problems. Rohypnol is fairly inexpensive, typically costing less than $5 per tablet. Additionally, if senior citizens are willing to travel abroad, they can often buy Rohypnol over-the-counter or can easily obtain a prescription for the medication very inexpensively. Rohypnol can also be shipped illegally to the United States, by way of mail.

Rohypnol Addiction Treatment

It is never too late to get help. Addiction treatment can improve a senior citizen’s overall health, attitude and quality of life. Treatment should be tailored toward the specific needs of senior citizens and should also focus greatly on building a strong social network for after treatment. Like all addiction treatment programs, treatment should consist of detox, counseling and therapy, and aftercare. Patients should be medically supervised throughout the treatment process to make sure they are physically stable. Reports have shown that senior citizens are highly motivated once they get into a treatment program, and that this population does best in programs that are specifically designed for and limited to seniors.

Addiction Treatment Help

If you are 65 or older and struggling with a Rohypnol addiction, call our toll-free helpline today. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help you find a treatment program that is specific to your needs and a program that will help you manage your addiction, as well as any other underlying health problems or psychological issues. It is never too late to seek help. Call today!