Rohypnol is a benzodiazepine commonly prescribed for severe insomnia or as an anesthetic before surgery. While illegal in the U.S., it is abused recreationally and may be used to cope with anxiety. Benzodiazepines are often prescribed for anxiety, but Rohypnol is much stronger than a typical anxiety medication as it is about ten times stronger than Valium. When abused Rohypnol may lead to addiction and damage a person’s health.
How Anxiety Issues and Stress May Lead to Rohypnol Abuse
Anxiety may stem from a variety of causes, ranging from environmental stress to inherent chemical imbalances. High amounts of stress during childhood can affect brain development, and genetics may play a part as well. This may be why some adults are affected by stress more so than others, and why small amounts can cause chronic anxiety. These people may turn to Rohypnol to deal with the symptoms of an undiagnosed anxiety disorder, such as the following:
- Generalized anxiety disorder
- Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Panic disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
Even when genetic disorders are not present, a high amount of stress due to life events may cause anxiety. A turbulent relationship with family members, unemployment or long working hours can all lead to high levels of stress. When people cannot relieve their high levels of stress, they may instead abuse Rohypnol to cope.
How Rohypnol Addiction Makes Anxiety and Stress Worse
Individuals who abuse Rohypnol may not realize their anxiety is due to an inherent mental health issue. Continual abuse of Rohypnol may worsen anxiety due to withdrawals. The psychological and physical withdrawals of Rohypnol make it difficult to stop using, which increases the chance that addiction will develop. A cycle of Rohypnol abuse may develop, making stress harder to deal with. These uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms and Rohypnol’s long half-life make it difficult to quit without addiction treatment.
How Integrated Treatment Breaks Rohypnol Addiction
Addiction treatment for Rohypnol can help you quit using, and will also assist with anxiety. Integrated addiction treatment will diagnose and treat anxiety and treating addiction, which is more effective than treating them separately.
Long-term recovery from Rohypnol abuse and anxiety involves exploring different options for treatment and learning positive ways to deal with stress. Exercise treats anxiety and depression, and antidepressants or other medications may be prescribed. It may be stressful to think about quitting Rohypnol, but professional addiction treatment can help you live a happier life and deal with stress in healthy ways without drug abuse.
Treatment for Rohypnol Abuse and Stress
If you are suffering from anxiety and abusing Rohypnol, we can help. Call our toll-free helpline to learn more about treatment that can meet your needs. Call now, as our counselors are here 24 hours a day to answer your questions.