Rohypnol is a sedative that has been banned in the United States. It is available by prescription in Europe and Latin America where it is used as an anticonvulsant and as treatment for insomnia and anxiety, but importation is illegal.
Rohypnol is most famous for being a “date-rape” drug, as its sedative properties make victims unable to resist sexual assault. Rohypnol also has an amnesiac effect, meaning that victims are often unable to remember what happened or who assaulted them. In 1999, Rohypnol was reformulated to turn blue when dissolved in liquid, making it easier to spot in clear or light-colored drinks.
Rohypnol Abuse and Addiction
Rohypnol is not only used for criminal purposes. It is taken recreationally and is considered a “club drug,” as it tends to be used by a younger crowd at places such as concerts, parties, and nightclubs. Rohypnol is typically taken in pill form, but can be ground up and snorted for a stronger and more instant high. Pills cost around $3 each, making them affordable and accessible to younger users.
Rohypnol use rarely results in death, but physical dependence develops quickly and withdrawal can be life-threatening. Rohypnol is also often used in conjunction with other drugs, as it enhances highs and eases comedowns and hangovers. Rohypnol suppresses the respiratory and nervous systems and, when combined with other drugs, can shut down these systems and cause death.
Withdrawal, Treatment, and Recovery from Rohypnol Addiction
Treatment for Rohypnol addiction often involves 3 to 5 days of inpatient care while the user undergoes detox. Symptoms of withdrawal include the following symptoms:
- Headache and muscle pain
- Anxiety, confusion, and irritability
- Hallucinations or delirium
- Cardiovascular collapse
Withdrawal symptoms can be controlled by gradually reducing dosage or replacing Rohypnol with another drug, such as Phenobarbital, and then easing the user off the drug their body is not as dependent on. Seizures can occur over a week after Rohypnol use has ceased, meaning that the withdrawal process needs to be carefully and continuously monitored.
While withdrawal and detox need to be undergone at a treatment facility with experience in Rohypnol withdrawal, options for continued treatment are varied. Individuals must choose the treatment path and program that will fit them best. Their history, pattern of abuse, and degree of abuse all factor in to what method of treatment should be used.
For those who have tried to overcome addiction in the past and failed, continued inpatient treatment is usually the most effective method. Users who have just begun using Rohypnol may find outpatient treatment and counseling just as effective. People who have had years of drug abuse may need a long-term inpatient rehabilitation program followed by outpatient monitoring and counseling. If Rohypnol has been used in conjunction with other drugs, a program designed to confront multiple addictions is needed. Finding the correct treatment program is vital and requires education, research, and information.
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