Rohypnol is a powerful central nervous system depressant that has been outlawed in the U.S. Known as a “date rape drug,” it is a benzodiazepine with hypnotic effects. Predators slip pills into unsuspecting people’s drinks to render them unable to resist attacks or remember their assailant. It has been used for sexual assault as well as theft. People who are given the drug against their will may suffer lingering uncomfortable side effects but not addiction. People taking the drug recreationally, often as part of rave or party scenes, run a serious risk of an addiction that they will be unable to control alone.
The Nature of Rohypnol Addiction
Rohypnol is often combined with other drugs or alcohol, which greatly increases the likelihood of addiction. Accidental overdose is also possible due to the amnesic effects of the drug. Rohypnol causes both physical and psychological addiction, as the body and the mind will crave it aggressively. Neural pathways will chemically re-wire themselves to seek out the drug at all costs. Everything else the addict once loved such as people, career, hobbies and activities will take a back seat to finding and taking this drug.
Effective Rohypnol Addiction Treatment
The most effective treatment for Rohypnol addiction involves a multifaceted holistic approach that treats the body, mind and spirit. Because of the risky nature of benzodiazepine withdrawal it is not recommended that people quit taking Rohypnol cold turkey. Medically supervised detox alleviates the harshest withdrawal symptoms and allows for the close monitoring of the patient. The best facilities also use an approach called Dual Diagnosis treatment to identify and treat any co-occurring or underlying psychological disorders that may have lead to the addiction. This happens through careful counseling.
The final phase of residential recovery programs is thorough rehab for the psychological addiction. This happens through a variety of therapeutic tools including the following:
• Support groups
• Individual therapy (including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)
• 12-step programs
• Spiritual care
• Progressive treatments like yoga and meditation
Recovery continues beyond rehab as well, through ongoing group meetings, individual counseling and sobriety sponsor meetings. Many people underestimate the seriousness of psychological addiction, believing that the physical addiction is stronger. In fact, physical withdrawal usually subsides in a few days but psychological addiction can take months, years or even a lifetime to beat.
Get Rohypnol Treatment Before It Is Too Late
Rohypnol addiction destroys everything you love about life such as relationships, hobbies and career long before it actually takes your life. Addiction is a road through misery that leads to death. If you are struggling with Rohypnol addiction we can help. Call our 24 hour, toll-free helpline and our specially trained addiction counselors will answer any questions you may have. We are ready to help you take those first few steps to freedom. Don’t waste another day, pick up the phone and let your drug-free future start now.