Commonly known as the “date rape drug,” Rohypnol has been a fixture at nightclubs and late night party scenes for years. Though it is not legal for any legitimate purpose in the US, it is still manufactured overseas and imported by drug dealers. Rohypnol, known colloquially as “rufies,” is a powerful sedative that has a hypnotic effect on users. When combined with alcohol it can render a person nearly unconscious and unable to resist attack. It also leaves the person with a limited form of amnesia that will keep them from remembering what happened to them or who assaulted them. Though these combined effects have made it a favorite of male sexual predators, it has also been used by women to knock out men and then rob them.
Though it would be nearly impossible to function in the workplace under the full effects of Rohypnol, it has impacted people at after-office gatherings and parties. Women have been given doses without their knowledge by dropping a tiny tablet into a drink. Inhibitions fall as the woman slips into a deep intoxication that may last for up to eight hours. During this time they can be sexually assaulted with no recollection. The perpetrator might be working in the cubicle next to them the next day and they would have no idea. Thus it is crucial that people never accept open drinks from strangers, or even from acquaintances they don’t completely trust. It is also smart to have multiple friends around for support and accountability.
Some users choose to take Rohypnol with other drugs because of its powerful sedative properties. When combined with other drugs it can greatly intensify their effects. But it is highly addictive and has immediate and severe side effects on respiratory and brain function. Overdose or combining it with other drugs can intoxicate or kill users.
Signs of Rohypnol Dependence and Rohypnol Withdrawal Symptoms
Signs of Rohypnol dependence include the following symptoms:
- Marked mood changes
- Lack of coordination
- Slurred speech
- Suicidal thoughts or actions
Users can quickly establish tolerance, meaning that the user will take larger and larger doses to get an effect. For some they may get to a point where they will cease to feel any effects even when taking large doses. Even though they don’t feel the effect, though, their brain requires the drug to function. If they stop taking it they will experience some potentially severe withdrawal symptoms including the following:
- Persistent memory loss
- Muscle pain and cramping
Rohypnol Addiction Treatment
Rohypnol is one of the most addictive benzodiazepines. It creates both a physical and psychological addiction that can be extremely difficult – if not impossible – to conquer without help. It is crucial that anyone struggling with a Rohypnol addiction get thorough, professional help as soon as possible. The most successful treatment centers will offer medically-supervised detox where doctors help alleviate the most severe withdrawal symptoms until the drug is completely out of the user’s system. They will follow this with rehab, addressing the psychological addiction through a wide range of therapies including counseling, education, twelve step programs, spiritual care and more.
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