Rohypnol is a short-acting benzodiazepine with effects that include sedation, muscle relaxation, reduction in anxiety, and prevention of convulsions. It is used in the short-term treatment of insomnia, as a pre-medication in surgical procedures, and for inducing anesthesia. Similar to other benzodiazepines, such as Valium, Librium and Xanax, Rohypnol’s sedative effects are approximately seven to ten times stronger than Valium. The effects of Rohypnol appear 15 to 20 minutes after administration and last approximately four to six hours. Some residual effects can be found 12 hours or more after administration.
In the US, Rohypnol is not manufactured legally and it has not been approved for clinical use. While it has been widely used in Europe and South America for more than a decade, it did not appear in the United States until the early 1990s. The majority of Rohypnol in the US has been smuggled in from Europe, South America and Mexico. Rohypnol is used widely in Texas and Florida where it is popular among high school students. All reports indicate that the population which uses Rohypnol is rapidly growing.
Common referred to as a “date rape” drug, Rohypnol is frequently available at raves, night clubs, all night parties and bars.
While both short and long term use can lead to physical dependence on Rohypnol, the addictive features are more pronounced in individuals who use Rohypnol in large doses for a long time. Rohypnol impairs cognitive and psychomotor skills; it also affects reaction time and driving skills. When used with alcohol, all side effects are increased, and there is a potential for toxicity.
New behaviors and life skills are the element of success for a former addict that will help maintain recovery and prevent relapse. Many Rohypnol addicts will relapse, however, and may require multiple rounds of detox and rehab before extended periods of abstinence become the norm. Some triggers for relapse may include:
- Losing Focus. When you first left treatment, you were armed with many tools that helped you develop a daily routine to replace your compulsive behaviors with healthy alternatives. As you become overconfident or encounter stress, you might begin to become defensive in situations that call for an honest evaluation of your behavior. That first poor decision could then be followed by more poor judgment and impulsive behavior.
- Isolation. Drug addiction is often a very isolating experience. Even though you may have hung out with other addicts and thought you were engaging in social activities, it was really an isolated relationship between you and your drug. After recovery, you were encouraged to open your social network and reconnect with family members and friends that support a healthy lifestyle. Make sure you that you don’t gradually remove yourself from these quality relationships and revert back to isolation.
- Lack of Structure. A daily routine or schedule allows you to make sure that you are eating properly, getting exercise, being social, attending to your responsibilities, and participating in healthy activities. If you find that you begin sleeping late, ignoring personal hygiene, skipping meals, or seeking too much solitude, these may be warning signs. Stick to your schedule.
Rohypnol Relapse Help
While a relapse may be perceived as a failure, statistics show that relapses occur 50 – 90% of the time, so don’t give up on yourself. Please call our toll free number today for encouragement and support. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about Rohypnol addiction, treatment, and relapse. We want to get you back on track for recovery, so don’t wait. Call us today.