Rohypnol is not manufactured or sold legally in the United States, but it has still become a widespread drug of abuse in the US. Rohypnol is frequently abused at raves, night clubs, parties and bars and is known to intensify the effects of alcohol and other drugs.
Rohypnol abuse can be very dangerous and has numerous adverse effects on the user, including the following:
- Impaired motor control
- Lack of coordination
- Slurred speech
- Gastrointestinal disturbances
- Respiratory depression
Physical and psychological addiction to Rohypnol can develop in just a few weeks after using it.
Signs of Rohypnol Addiction
If you are wondering if your friend or family member is addicted to Rohypnol, there are certain signs and symptoms to look for. They will exhibit a constant and compulsive craving to use Rohypnol and will have to use more and more to get the desired effect. They may spend exorbitant amounts of money to get the drug and may display dishonest behavior such as lying and stealing. They will have the feeling that they can’t function without the drug and will have frequent insomnia when not using it. All of these are symptoms that the individual is addicted to Rohypnol and needs help.
There are also physical signs of addiction that you can look for:
- Memory loss or amnesia
- Rapid mood swings
- Violent temper outbursts
- Slowed heart and respiratory rates
Rohypnol can also cause coma, seizures and possibly death.
Having a Rohypnol Intervention
People addicted to drugs such as Rohypnol may be in denial that they have an addiction. Or, they may realize that there is a problem but just cannot bring themselves to get help. An intervention is a deliberate and strategic effort to get the individual to admit that they have a problem and to urge them to get professional help. They usually have no idea about the amount of damage the addiction is causing to them and those around them.
It can be very emotional, demanding, and difficult to intervene on your loved one, but it could very well be the defining moment in their life that propels them to change. Do not put off having the intervention. Their life really could depend on it.
Here are some helpful tips for having an intervention.
- Do not advise them to stop taking Rohypnol “cold turkey,” as it can be very dangerous for their central nervous system
- Do not have the intervention when they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Cite specific negative instances that occurred due to the substance abuse and explain how the person’s behavior affected you
- Stay calm and be optimistic about change even when you run into denial and resistance
- Don’t label the person an “addict”
- Be prepared with information about treatment programs
Treatment for Rohypnol Addiction
The first phase of treatment for Rohypnol is detox, where addict is slowly weaned off the drug. It is important to do this under the supervision of professionals since withdrawal symptoms can be very severe and sometimes dangerous. Next, the physiological and emotional aspects of addiction will be addressed. This phase includes counseling, behavior modification and support groups. By treating both the physical and psychological effects of addiction, the chances for a successful recovery are dramatically increased.
Rohypnol Intervention Help
Please call our toll free number to learn about treatment for Rohypnol addiction and how to have an intervention. Our counselors are available 24 hours to speak with you about how your loved one can overcome their addiction. Recovery is within reach, and we want to partner with you in this process. Call us today.