Rohypnol is a benzodiazepine, a sleep-inducing psychoactive drug. Rohypnol is chemically similar to Valium and highly addictive. Like Valium, Rohypnol is used to treat insomnia, and it is also used as an anesthetic for surgical procedures. Rohypnol, however, is not a legal prescription drug in the United States, though it is legal in over 50 countries and easily attainable in Mexico, Columbia, and Europe.
The effects of Rohypnol are similar to Valium but roughly ten times stronger. These effects include the following:
- Muscle relaxation
- Reduced anxiety
- Prevention of convulsions
Though not authorized by the American government, Rohypnol is used illicitly in the U.S, though not typically for medical purposes.
Illicit Uses of Rohypnol
Rohypnol is commonly referred to as the “date rape drug” and is used as such, probably because it induces a deep sleep, it is tasteless, colorless and odorless when dissolved in liquid, and it causes memory loss. Though Rohypnol is widely known as a date rape drug, it is more commonly abused as a recreational drug.
Rohypnol is used to enhance heroin highs and to ease the discomfort of coming down from cocaine or crack highs. Street names for Rohypnol include R2, la roche, roofenol, roach, rib, rope, rophies, ruffies, roofies, and the forget pill. The term “the forget pill” refers to the partial amnesia caused by Rohypnol. Users are often unable to remember events that occurred while under the influence of Rohypnol.
Though often used in combination with other drugs, Rohypnol is sometimes used alone to produce a mild, drunken euphoria that may last anywhere from 2-8 hours. In any case, this drug is addictive and users develop a strong physical and psychological dependence that is dangerous and requires medical attention and psychological support.
If you are struggling with Rohypnol abuse and addiction, help and tools for recovery are available through drug rehab centers, which offer support groups via inpatient and outpatient care. Support groups offer loving care and support from both a counselor and fellow drug addicts. This type of environment fosters mutual understanding and support between people with similar struggles. Oftentimes, there is no greater comfort and help than to know that you are not alone. By joining a support group, you will be affirmed with the knowledge that you need not be ashamed, but must use the necessary help to conquer your disease. Due to the imminent health risks associated with Rohypnol abuse, it is important to seek help immediately.
Risks and Effects of Recreational Rohypnol Abuse
Rohypnol, when abused and used recreationally, may produce the following short term side effects and health risks:
- Complete loss of memory
- Black outs
- Loss of motor control
- Lack of coordination
- Slurred speech
- Gastrointestinal disturbances
These adverse effects may last up to 12 hours, but apart from the short term effects, Rohypnol strongly alters the central nervous system, posing serious health risks and potential damage.
Due to the significant tolerance that develops in users, suddenly stopping Rohypnol use startles the central nervous system. To suddenly stop using Rohypnol after prolonged use is dangerous and may result in the following withdrawal symptoms:
- Muscle aches
- Extreme restlessness, confusion, tension, anxiety, and/or irritability
- Extreme numbness and tingling
But these risks and others may be prevented with valuable help and services from a drug rehab center. In drug rehab, withdrawal will be monitored. And along with much needed medical supervision, users attend support groups and conquer psychological dependence, thus making positive changes for the future. Support groups are often one of the most important aspects of recovery. Community and fellowship with positive, encouraging people who are drug-free is essential for lasting recovery.
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