Rohypnol is a powerful benzodiazepine that is sold in some European and South American countries as a treatment for insomnia or as a preparation for surgery. It is a highly addictive and dangerous central nervous system depressant and has been outlawed for any use in the U.S. It is most famous as the “date rape drug” due to its use to sedate people for the purposes of sexual assault or theft, but it is also used for recreational purposes in the nightclub, rave and all-night party scene. Rohypnol may be the most addictive benzodiazepine available. It is in the same category as Valium or Xanax but results in more intense effects. When used recreationally it is often combined with alcohol or other drugs.
Physical Rohypnol Addiction
Rohypnol binds to certain chemical receptors in the brain, displacing naturally occurring “feel good” chemicals in the process. Thus when users come down from their high they are left with none of these important substances in their brain and will experience withdrawal symptoms. Many users will develop a dependency on the drug the first time they take it. This is complicated by the fact that users develop a tolerance to Rohypnol quickly meaning they will require higher and more frequent doses in order to achieve the sensations brought on with early use. This escalated use establishes a strong physical addiction. When users try to quit or their supply of the drug is interrupted, they will experience a wide range of intense withdrawal symptoms. Depending on the length of the addiction and the amount of Rohypnol being taken, abruptly quitting can be harmful or even fatal.
Psychological Rohypnol Addiction
Rohypnol establishes a powerful psychological addiction. It stimulates the pleasure center of the brain which is the same are responsible for behavior reinforcement, mood regulation, impulse control and anxiety control. Rohypnol rewires the brain chemically and encourages users to seek out and take the drug at all times. Many Rohypnol users will prioritize drug use over basic needs. Some users have co-occurring or underlying mental health that they may be self-medicating with the drug. These types and sources of Rohypnol addiction make recovery complicated and nearly impossible to achieve without professional experienced help.
Rohypnol Addiction Treatment
If and when users realize they have developed a Rohypnol problem, it is important that they quit carefully with plenty of medical supervision and emotional support. There are residential treatment programs that offer Dual Diagnosis treatment that identifies and treats any co-occurring mental health concerns. These quality programs should also provide medically supervised detox services to alleviate the worst symptoms of withdrawal and extensive psychological rehab that uses a customized combination of healthy diversions, counseling, education, spiritual support and introspection. With the right treatment a full recovery from Rohypnol addiction is possible.
The Consequences of Continued Rohypnol Use
Rohypnol is illegal to possess or use for any reason, and addiction can result in legal trouble. Rohypnol devastates the life of the user, and long-term use will almost certainly lead to the following:
- Cognitive and emotional impairment
- Mental illness
- Suicidal thoughts or actions
- Nervous system destruction
- Decreased internal organ function
Because of the diminishing effects as tolerance builds users increasingly combine Rohypnol with other drugs. Some of these combinations can be fatal. Many Rohypnol addicts will try to quit on their own but will fail. It can be dangerous or even deadly to quit cold turkey. Failure and relapse can be frustrating and depressing. Quality treatment centers are available to diagnose any co-occurring conditions, medically relieve the symptoms of withdrawal and thoroughly treat the psychological aspects of addiction. This treatment can save your life.
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