Once people are dependent on Rohypnol, they experience withdrawal symptoms when the drug isn’t present in their bodies. Rohypnol is in a class of drugs known as benzodiazepines. Physical dependence on benzodiazepines can develop rapidly, and withdrawal can be difficult and even dangerous. Withdrawal symptoms can begin as soon as 12 hours after the last dose or as late as a week afterwards. Those who develop symptoms slowly are often those who metabolize drugs less efficiently such as the elderly or people with liver disease.
Rohypnol Withdrawal Symptoms
Rohypnol withdrawal symptoms include the following:
- Abdominal cramps
When delirium occurs, it is often after a period of insomnia. It is possible to have severe symptoms (such as seizures) without having experienced other withdrawal effects. Rohypnol withdrawal can be fatal. There is no way to predict which users will have the most severe withdrawal symptoms, but factors that increase the risk include high Rohypnol dosage and the use of alcohol and other sedatives in combination with Rohypnol.
Rohypnol Withdrawal Protocols
Because of the dangers associated with Rohypnol withdrawal, users should not attempt detox without help. Medically supervised detox services vary but may include some of the following components:
- Gradual reduction of Rohypnol dosage allows the body to slowly adjust. Physicians differ in their reduction schedules, but a slow taper may last a few weeks or even several months.
- Some clinicians prescribe a substitute drug and then taper their patients off of that medication. This is often the method chosen for clients who are dependent on more than one addictive substance.
- Clients experiencing seizures are sometimes treated with Diazepam.
- Clients experiencing hallucinations may be prescribed Haloperidol.
Though the particular methods of detox and withdrawal management may vary, all detox programs have certain similar goals. These include evaluating and assessing their patients’ needs, stabilizing patients, monitoring and managing withdrawal symptoms and preparing patients for rehab. Detox is an essential first step of addiction treatment but does not constitute treatment on its own. Rehab will help patients understand addiction and develop skills to avoid relapse.
Rohypnol Addiction Help
It is important to take Rohypnol addiction seriously and to seek treatment before withdrawal symptoms become life-threatening. For help finding a detox and treatment program that is right for you, call our toll-free helpline. Our trained staff can help you look at recovery options, verify insurance coverage for treatment and get your questions answered. We are ready to help 24 hours a day, so call now.