Rohypnol is a powerful psychoactive drug in the benzodiazepine family. It has such a strong propensity for addiction and such a powerful effect in the brain that it is illegal in the U.S. Rohypnol is known infamously as the “date rape” drug, because it creates a hypnotic and amnesic effect. Sexual predators can slip one small pill into a woman’s drink at a bar, and she will be unable to struggle or remember details of any assault. Rohypnol has also been used to facilitate robberies. Some people are introduced to Rohypnol recreationally. It has a presence in the club and all night party scene. It is often combined with other drugs or alcohol which can create a potentially lethal combination. Regardless of how Rohypnol use begins, addiction can develop quickly. Some users will become dependent after just one use. Most individuals will keep their addiction problem to themselves, but secrecy is the enemy of recovery.
What Is Rohypnol and How Does It Work?
Rohypnol is possibly the most potent and addictive member of the benzodiazepine family of drugs. Unlike relatively milder benzodiazepines like Xanax and Valium, Rohypnol floods the pleasure center of the brain with a powerful and toxic charge. The brain’s ability to manufacture natural “feel good” chemicals is suspended when Rohypnol is present. Thus the user will not be able to feel “normal” without a supply of the drug in his or her system. As a defense mechanism the body develops a tolerance to the drug quickly, meaning that the user will need a larger and larger dose to feel the euphoric high they felt the first time they took it. Users will gradually need a constant supply of the drug in order to function on a daily basis, but they will not experience any of the perceived benefits of the high. Some signs of Rohypnol addiction include the following:
- Hiding use of the drug
- Inability to rest or feel relaxed without it
- Extreme mood changes
- Persistent or intermittent amnesia
- Lack of coordination
- Slurred speech
- Suicidal thoughts or actions
- Continued use despite negative physical, psychological, relational or legal results
Rohypnol Addiction Recovery
The first challenge for a Rohypnol user to overcome is to admit that they have a problem. Often the user is the last to know this even after friends and family recognize there is a problem. Many try to manage their addiction in private or try to quit on their own. Unfortunately this is not likely to work and may lead to serious physical and psychiatric side effects that can be fatal. Failure to quit can lead to increased shame or determination to keep the problem under wraps. The only way a Rohypnol user is likely to achieve a life of freedom, health and integrity is to admit to themselves and those they love that they have a problem and need help to fix it.
Fortunately, once a person can admit to addiction and the need for help, there are many options for recovery available. Each person is unique, and there are many different paths to freedom from addiction. Specially trained addiction experts can help any user find the right treatment for them. The most successful programs often include the following:
- Medically supervised detoxification
- Group and individual counseling
- Dual Diagnosis and treatment of any co-occurring or underlying disorders
- 12-step programs
- Positive and healthy activities, foods and entertainment
- Preparation for life beyond addiction
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