Friends and family members of addicted individuals struggle with many issues that the disease causes. Failure to follow through on responsibilities, emotional distance, self-destructiveness, irresponsible financial decisions and other behaviors frustrate and even exasperate the people in a Rohypnol addict’s life.
Perhaps most exasperating of all is the realization that the addict’s perceptions are warped; pure logic and willpower are no longer the forces that dictate his decisions. His dependence on Rohypnol has made him willing to obtain and use the drug in spite of obvious negative consequences. Addiction is characterized by compulsive and destructive behavior.
The Cycle of Compulsive Behavior and Rohypnol Addiction
Addiction and psychological problems correspond in a tangled web of cause and effect. People exhibit compulsive behavior in the initial decision to use Rohypnol. Whether self-medicating for a condition like anxiety or for physical pain, or taking advantage of its reputation as a “club drug”, people who use Rohypnol disregard its illegal status and potential dangers. Depending on the circumstance, using Rohypnol involves risks of legal consequences, being the victim of sexual violence, and experiencing the health ramifications of combining the drug with other substances.
Drug abuse begins with compulsive behavior, and addiction leads to further acts of compulsion. Addictive drugs like Rohypnol create a pathway to the brain’s reward system. The euphoric high that Rohypnol users experience allows them to relax, loosen up and forget their troubles momentarily. Individuals who become addicted to Rohypnol compulsively choose short-term relief as they chase the high the drug once produced before their bodies built up a tolerance to it.
Rohypnol users become willing to make sacrifices to obtain the drug and experience the relief it brings from withdrawal symptoms, immediate problems and deeper issues – all of which worsen as the addiction continues. Factors that would serve as motivation to quit drugs in the eyes of a healthy individual, fail to inspire addicts to quit using Rohypnol. They continue to act on the compulsion and cravings, despite watching relationships, finances, health or a career slip out of their control. Immediate gratification and avoidance of pain dictate their actions.
The Dangers of Rohypnol Addiction
Rohypnol is an illegal sedative and central nervous system depressant. Short-term effects include the following:
- Memory loss
- Motor skill impairment
The loss of inhibition and disorientation that Rohypnol causes has led to its reputation as the “date rape drug.” Besides the immediate dangers these temporary side effects pose, Rohypnol also causes serious long-term side effects, which can include the following:
- Intense anxiety
- Muscle pain
- Cardiovascular collapse
The risks of Rohypnol use are not worth the short-term high it may produce.
Help for Rohypnol Addiction
If you or a loved one is addicted to Rohypnol, call our toll-free helpline to speak with an admissions coordinator about your professional treatment options. We are available 24 hours a day to help you find a treatment plan that will help you achieve long-term recovery from Rohypnol addiction. Don’t wait. Call today.