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Rohypnol Addiction Treatment

Rohypnol, or more commonly known as “roofies,” is a potent and addictive drug. Many people refer to it as the “date-rape” drug, as it causes anterograde amnesia. More people today are abusing this drug due to its low cost and euphoric feeling.

What is Rohypnol?

Rohypnol, also known as flunitrazepam, is a benzodiazepine that is used as a sedative in Europe and South America, as its primary use is for sedation for general anesthesia. Benzodiazepines are a group of medicines that slow down the nervous system. There are safe benzodiazepines that are used to treat insomnia or muscle spasms, such as Valium, however, Rohypnol is prescribed by doctors for short-term sleep disorders and seizures, but it is not safe and it is illegal in the United States. It is an extremely addictive drug and it is ten times more potent than Valium. It is now placed in Schedule I of the CSA, and is considered to have no currently accepted medical use in treatment.

Signs of Rohypnol dependence

  • Missing school or work to take the drug
  • Extreme amount of headaches
  • Cannot function without taking the drug
  • Impaired speech or balance
  • Respiratory depression
  • Feelings of intoxication

Causes of Dependency

There are a few reasons why someone may become addicted to Rohypnol. One may simply want to try it to see the euphoric effects it has on the body. Usually this drug is taken in conjunction with alcohol or other drugs, so the effects may become intensified. Rohypnol addiction can occur as soon as a week after using the drug; someone taking it only once may become addicted. Another reason may be that one is depressed and wants to get a stimulant high from it. Yet another reason is the misconception that this drug will not show up on a urinalysis test, so people will use this drug in instead of other drugs.

Complications and Long Term Effects of Rohypnol Abuse

Once dependence has developed with this drug, someone will experience withdrawal symptoms, which include headache, muscle pain, extreme anxiety, tension, restlessness, confusion and irritability. Numbness, tingling, loss of identity, hallucinations, delirium, convulsions, shock, and cardiovascular collapse can occur. Multiple seizures will occur if one is dependent on the drug as well.

Help and Treatment

Admitting you have an addiction to Rohypnol is the first step to getting help. Do not allow this drug to take hold of your life. There are many programs available for people who have not only Rohypnol addictions but other drug addictions as well. The Christian Drug and Treatment center is known for their drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs, which are customized plans for each of their clients. They offer a wide variety of 30 to 90 day treatment plans for their clients to stay clean and sober. Each client has their own room and will experience a therapeutic setting while they undergo substance abuse. Clients are also welcome back for 28 days at no cost within the first year of their treatment. Treatment for Rohypnol abuse has been proven successful in many cases. Head to our drug discussion forum to talk about the effects of drinking and connect with other members who have successfully overcome drug addiction.


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