How A Better Today Treats Rohypnol Addiction
Rohypnol is considered to be both a club drug and a date rape drug.
Adolescents abuse the drug for its calming effects, which is similar to the calming effects of Xanax or Valium, and the augmentation of other substances it is commonly paired with, such as alcohol and cocaine. The typical settings for this kind of consumption are parties, raves, concerts and clubs. Adolescents also commonly use Rohypnol to soften the edge of the negative effects produced by other drugs it is ingested with.
Rohypnol is also popularly used as a date rape drug. The calming effect that draws young people to use it also decreases self-consciousness while increasing courage and fortitude, making one’s state of mind ideal for a predator. These circumstances become more dangerous as amnesia sets in soon after ingestion— this makes later prosecution of sex crimes extremely difficult.
Predators face an additional 20 years in jail if he or she adds Rohypnol to a person’s drink with the objective of sexually attacking him or her.
More commonly known by the street names of Roofies, Forget-Me-Pill, Rochas Dos, R2 and Mexican Valium, Rohypnol affects judgment and lowers inhibition. Calm and carefree feelings sabotage good decision-making skills while under the influence, creating even more risk associated with its use. Using Rohypnol in conjunction with other drugs also greatly increases the risk for overdose and death.
Individual treatment for Rohypnol abuse is crucial. Withdrawals are hard-won and relapse can seem unavoidable. Detoxing in a treatment center facilitates success while managing your safety and comfort. Treatment focuses on the individual and his or her long-term recovery.
What is Rohypnol?
As a benzodiazepine, Rohypnol (R) is a central nervous system (CNS) depressant. It’s generic, trade name is flunitrazepam. Rohypnol (R) has never been approved for medicinal use in the United States, although it is used in other countries to treat insomnia. Rohypnol (R) is known to cause sedative-hypnotic, muscle relaxant, and anti-anxiety effects, which is why people refer to it as the “date rape” drug.
What is Rohypnol’s origin?
Usually, Rohypnol (R) is trafficked through Mexico into the United States, but is also smuggled into the country through international mail.
What are Rohypnol’s common street names?
Forget Pill, La Rocha, Mexican Valium, Reynolds, Roachies, Rochas Dos, Rophies, Ruffies, Circles, Forget-Me-Pill, Pingus, Roach, Roapies, Rohypnol, Roples, Wolfies, Lunch Money Drug, Roach 2, Robutal, Roofies, Row-Shay, R2
How is Rohypnol abused?
Rohypnol (R) can be ingested as a tablet, dissolved in a liquid, or crushed and snorted. Rohypnol (R) is often combined with alcohol, and used after binging on other drugs, such as cocaine. It is also slipped into alcoholic drinks and used to victimize people, usually by sexual assault.
What is Rohypnols effects on the mind?
Rohypnol (R) affects the CNS (Central Nervous System), and causes amnesia, drowsiness, sleepiness, confusion, impaired mental functioning, decreased reaction time, aggression, impaired judgment, excitability, and decreased anxiety.
What is Rohypnol’s effects on the body?
Rohypnol (R) can cause loss of motor coordination, muscle relaxation, weakness, respiratory depression, slurred speech, and headache. When taken regularly, Rohypnol (R) causes physical dependence.
What is Rohypnol’s overdose effects?
An overdose of Rohypnol (R) can cause unconsciousness, severe sedation, respiratory suppression, and slow heart rate. An overdose is much more likely when used in combination with alcohol, heroin, or other CNS depressant substances.
Which drugs cause similar effects as Rohypnol?
Rohypnol (R) share similar characteristics as diazepam (Valium (R)), alprazolam (Xanax (R)), clonazepam (Klonopin (R)), GHB, and other benzodiazepines.
What are the withdrawal effects of Rohypnol?
When the user stops taking Rohypnol (R), he/she could experience withdrawal symptoms such as muscle pain, numbness, delirium, cardiovascular distress, headaches, tension, tingling in extremities, shock, and loss of identity.
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What is Rohypnol?
Rohypnol is the trade name for a benzodiazepine called flunitrazepam. It calms anxiety and relaxes the muscles, constricts the central nervous system and induces amnesia.
It has never been legal in the United States for medical use or otherwise, but is prescribed for insomnia in other countries such as Mexico.
Although it’s considered a Schedule IV drug, the penalties for being in possession of just one gram of Rohypnol, trafficking it and distributing it are the same as they would be if it was a Schedule I drug.
From 1975 until 1997, Rohypnol was a tasteless and odorless tablet that was undetectable in liquid. It was swallowed whole, snorted or slipped into a drink and dissolved. As concerns rose about the dangers of the drug—especially in the cases of sexual assault—pressure on the manufacturer caused them to reformulate it into a green tablet that dyes liquid blue when dissolved.
Drug & Alcohol Interventions for Rohypnol
Oftentimes, families feel the need to wait until their loved one hits bottom before they try to help, or they have hope that their loved one will turn things around on their own.
While waiting for these things to happen, families and their loved ones sink deeper into the hole of addiction, all the while risking a fatal overdose with every use. Family fissures arise from fear, stress, guilt, embarrassment and blame.
Not only does an intervention give the addicted loved one support, it gives the family the strength to avoid enabling or facilitating the drug abuse and lovingly, but firmly, help him or her to understand that treatment is necessary to get healthy again.
Friends and families don’t need to wait until their loved one hits bottom to execute a successful intervention. Control of the situation can be taken when the family decides the time is right.
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Common Behaviors Associated With Rohypnol Addiction
Rohypnol is popularly used as a date rape drug because it’s known to lower inhibitions, bring on a loss of consciousness and cause amnesia. The drug can also be consumed voluntarily to enhance the joyful feelings brought on by other substances.
Other common behaviors of those under the influence of Rohypnol include an outward appearance of drunkenness with slurred speech, dizziness, and sometimes-aggressive reactions and behavior.
As the struggle with this addictive drug begins to deepen, other areas of life begin to deteriorate. Financial difficulties and personal relationship complications often develop into regular disturbances in daily life. A person addicted to Rohypnol also isolates from friends and family, and mood swings can be hard for loved ones to process.
If you suspect that you or someone you care about is struggling with an addiction to Rohypnol, it may be time to consider an intervention.
Signs & Symptoms
Rohypnol is taken with other drugs intentionally to enhance their effects or unwittingly to induce unconsciousness and amnesia. This can make the signs of Rohypnol usage difficult to spot.
However, you may recognize these signs and symptoms in someone who has been abusing Rohypnol:
- Stomach discomfort
- Overall sluggishness
- Loss of coordination
- Slurred speech
When coming down from the effects of Rohypnol, a person usually experiences adverse moods and a hangover comparable to the one experienced after a night of alcohol abuse.
An abrupt stop or decrease in the consumption of Rohypnol brings on withdrawals. Symptoms begin to appear about 3-4 days after the last dose and lasts about a week.
The most notable symptom in the first phase of withdrawals is anxiety. Rohypnol reduces anxiety; however, it comes springing back during withdrawals. Other notable symptoms during the first phase include:
- Body aches
- Faster heartbeat
Most of these symptoms are reduced and begin to subside in the second phase, which lasts about 2 weeks. Cravings are always present throughout both phases.
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The Dangers of Rohypnol Overdose
The purpose of Rohypnol is to calm the mind and sedate the body’s central nervous system. Consequently, an overdose of Rohypnol results in magnified symptoms of normal use. Acute bodily constraint, shallow or labored breathing and a sluggish pulse are signals of Rohypnol overdose.
If you recognize these signs in a person who recently ingested Rohypnol, call emergency services immediately. Keep the person awake if possible and begin CPR if they stop breathing.
Medical professionals will promptly begin techniques to expel as much of the drug as possible, as well as administer medications as supportive countermeasures to the overdose.
Providing Quality Treatment for Rohypnol Addictions
Rohypnol addiction and withdrawals are like monsters always demanding to be fed. The body responds viciously when the flow of Rohypnol is halted, making agonizing withdrawals arduous.
Detoxing in a treatment facility allows for all-inclusive care. Vital signs are monitored while the drug is eradicated from the body. Discomfort is controlled through the use of medication and cravings are more manageable in a supportive and disciplined environment.
The addicted brain makes it difficult to believe there is a purposeful, happy life outside abusing Rohypnol, especially if one struggles with anxiety.
Rohypnol provides a short spell of relief from an anxiety disorder but worsens it long-term. Appropriate medications are safer to use for the relief of anxiety as they are prescribed under a doctor’s watchful eye on your overall health.
A comprehensive approach to treatment focuses on a realignment of the mind and body. Yoga, strength training and nutrition therapy are effective in recovering a healthy body on the inside and outside. Cutting edge cognitive therapies are used to help one reconnect with self, reclaim social skills and learn additional life skills.
An aftercare plan is just as important as treatment. This carefully tailored plan is a personal support system that can fit in a purse or pocket. It’s an action plan to refer to in moments of extreme craving or unexpected social situations.
The sober community offers opportunities to remain involved in sober activities and support groups with others travelling down the same path, are also available.
Reliable Sources Matter to ABTRS Because They Matter When Making Life Change Decisions
Realizing that you have a substance abuse problem is nerve wrecking. Many people do not feel comfortable discussing their addiction with their doctor in fear of feeling shame or being thrown in jail. Because of that stigma associated with addiction, finding unbiased information that you can trust in is important to ABTRS. Making that decision to change your life should come from a place of knowledge. When it comes to substance abuse treatment, our patients and their families need reliable resources that are unbiased and proven or tested to be effective. Checkout the list below to learn more about where ABTRS got their information for this webpage.
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