Rohypnol (flunitrazepam) is a prescription medication used to treat severe insomnia. It is also infamous as the “date rape drug” due to its amnesic effect. Many people have been sexually assaulted or robbed after someone surreptitiously added Rohypnol to their drink. Rohypnol is also frequently combined with other psychotropic drugs, such as Ketamine or GHB, and used as a “designer drug” in the late-night party scene. This kind of use can create a powerful physical and psychological dependence. Individuals with co-occurring emotional disorders are especially prone to developing an addiction to Rohypnol very quickly.
How Rohypnol Works
Rohypnol is a benzodiazepine, which is the category of drugs that also includes Xanax and Valium. These drugs cause an increase in the level and function of mood-managing chemicals in the bloodstream. When taken, Rohypnol causes the following symptoms:
- Extreme relaxation
- Blurred vision
- Impaired coordination
- Impulse control deficiency
High doses can cause respiratory failure, coma or even death. Users develop a tolerance to the drug very quickly. This means they need larger and larger doses in order to feel the desired effect. This kind of escalated use greatly increases the risk of addiction, overdose and death.
Rohypnol and Weight Problems
Weight problems can cause the following emotional effects for which Rohypnol provides short-term relief:
- Self-esteem deficiency
- Personality disorder
- Impulse control disorder
- Compulsive behaviors, such as eating, gambling and sex
The brain notices this relief and then immediately begins to crave it on an emotional level that is much more powerful than conscious thought. Individuals with an eating disorder and people who are highly conscious of their physical appearance may be at an increased risk for becoming addicted to Rohypnol. When first used, the drug gives users a euphoric sense that nothing is wrong. That effect wears off soon though, and users begin to experience withdrawal symptoms when the drug leaves their system.
Rohypnol Addiction Recovery
Rohypnol rehab involves both physical and psychological treatment. This often includes the following:
- Support groups
- Spiritual support
- Medically supervised detox
Treatment is often best served in residential programs, but some versions may also be available in an outpatient format. While the process is challenging, it can be extremely effective with the right help.
If you are struggling with a Rohypnol addiction, please call our toll-free helpline today. Our counselors can answer your questions and can help you find the best treatment program for your specific needs. Don’t risk permanent brain damage or death. Call now and let us help you quit.