Rohypnol is the prescription brand name for a substance known as flunitrazepam. The effect of Rohypnol is two-fold. It acts as a sedative and muscle relaxant by stimulating the central nervous system. The drug is primarily prescribed for the treatment of severe insomnia.
Unfortunately, in the world of prescription medications, the active ingredients that make a drug effective also create a potential for abuse and addiction. Rohypnol is one of the most powerful benzodiazepine hypnotics, meaning that its use is accompanied with a high potential for tolerance, dependence and addiction.
Addictions usually stem from prescription or recreational drug use. A patient may be prescribed Rohypnol for the treatment of a disorder like insomnia. Because of its potential for abuse, Rohypnol is designed for short-term use. If the patient uses the drug for longer than prescribed or in higher than prescription doses, the body begins to develop a tolerance to the substance.
The brain begins to counteract the effects of the Rohypnol in an attempt to protect the body from the harmful chemicals and toxins. This means that a normal dose of the drug suddenly has less of an effect. Soon, higher and more frequent doses are required for the patient to receive benefit from the drug. Tolerance can ultimately lead to dependence, a situation where the patient feels as if they need Rohypnol to function on a daily basis and feel normal.
For recreational drug users who use Rohypnol without a prescription, the process of tolerance and dependence is similar but may occur at a more rapid rate due to unregulated doses.
Who to Talk to about Chronic Rohypnol Use
No matter how your addiction to Rohypnol or any other controlled substance began, one of the most beneficial resources you have available to you will always be other people. It can be difficult to know who to talk to, especially if you are the only one who knows about your addiction. When making the decision to discuss your addiction with someone, there are a few people you should keep in mind.
If you received a legitimate prescription for your Rohypnol use, the doctor or other medical professional who originally prescribed you the medication can be a useful resource in making the decision to seek treatment. They will also be able to find other medications to meet your needs if you discontinue the use of Rohypnol.
If you have trusted friends or family members, talking with them about your addiction can be beneficial in the ways that can provide you with a consistent network of support and accountability. This can go a long way in helping you complete the rehab process, and avoid a relapse.
If someone you know has completed rehab for another controlled substance, even if it isn’t Rohypnol, they can talk with you generally about what to expect and how to prepare for treatment.
Resources for Recovery
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