Getting the right amount of sleep for your body is essential to a healthy lifestyle. Sleep disorders can negatively affect work performance, relationships, physical health, mental health and mood. This is why many people turn to sedatives to help them rest well and feel better, even if it means using Rohypnol, a sedative that is no longer approved for medical treatment in the U.S.
But Rohypnol can also trigger sleep disorders in otherwise healthy users. People who do not suffer from sleep disorders and begin taking Rohypnol to get high could find their health aversely affected by frequent use of the drug.
Sleep Disorders Leading to Rohypnol Addiction
In some countries, Rohypnol is still approved for the medical treatment of sleep disorders such as insomnia. This is because taking Rohypnol is an effective way to relax the brain and body and enable sleep, despite its risky side effects and addictive potential. Many people who suffer from insomnia see the way that insomnia affects their lives and would go to great lengths to get a restful night of sleep. Even minimal sleep loss can greatly affect a person’s life.
Though Rohypnol is effective in helping users get the sleep they need, there are many downsides to using this drug. Even in countries where Rohypnol is legal, it is not meant to be used longer than 10 days, as it is highly addictive. Other dangers include the following:
- Rohypnol is known as the “date-rape drug” because sexual predators have exploited its effects to take advantage of victims when they are disoriented. Rohypnol users could easily put themselves in dangerous situations by taking the drug at a party or around people they do not know.
- Rohypnol can cause memory loss, dizziness, confusion, decreased blood pressure, headaches, difficulty breathing and many more side effects.
- Mixing Rohypnol with other substances can enhance its effects and cause the drug to be deadly.
- Even though it eases the symptoms of insomnia for a time, Rohypnol abuse and addiction can cause sleep disturbances.
While insomnia can be a difficult condition to live with, the risks of Rohypnol abuse and addiction are not worth the temporary benefits the drug provides.
Rohypnol Addiction Leading to Sleep Disorders
When used inappropriately or for too long, most sleep medications can become a source of the sleeping difficulties they are meant to treat. This can happen both to people who initially use Rohypnol for sleeping disorder treatment and people who have never had trouble sleeping or have never needed a sleep aid.
While short term use can help relieve insomnia, long-term use can cause or worsen it. Rohypnol lowers quality of sleep, can cause sleep disturbances such as nightmares, hallucinations and restlessness, and can cause people to develop narcolepsy-like symptoms such as drowsiness and the inability to stay awake during the day.
Help for Rohypnol Addiction
If you or a loved one is addicted to Rohypnol, call our toll-free helpline to speak with an admissions coordinator about your treatment options. We are available 24 hours a day to get you the professional help you need to achieve long-term recovery. Please call today.