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Can Rohypnol Affect My Memory?

Rohypnol is an intermediate-acting benzodiazepine used as a treatment for insomnia and as a pre-anesthetic for surgery. Rohypnol is illegal for purchase or distribution in the United States but is used in other countries.1 Rohypnol is best known as a the “date rape drug.”2 Because it is odorless and colorless Rohypnol can be ground into a powder and put into a person’s drink without her knowledge.

This results in memory loss and inhibited decision-making and motor skills, making the person who ingested the substance unable to stop unwanted actions. Abusing Rohypnol recreationally results in the same side effects as unintentional Rohypnol use. Using Rohypnol causes short-term memory loss that may result in unintended actions and consequences.

Rohypnol’s Effects on Memory

You may abuse Rohypnol because it allows you to escape the stress of everyday life or because you think it alleviates symptoms of other problems, but Rohypnol can cause long-term side effects. In the beginning, short-term memory loss may not seem like a problem, but the more you abuse Rohypnol the less you will be able to remember.

Some of the other side effects of Rohypnol abuse include the following:

  • Paralysis
  • Loss of muscle control
  • Collapse after use
  • Confusion
  • Drowsiness
  • Amnesia3

These side effects begin within 30 minutes after ingesting the drug and may last up to 12 hours. You will miss the chance to create important memories because you abused Rohypnol. The more you hide from life through Rohypnol abuse, the less of life you will experience. There is no way to reverse the memory loss you experience when abusing Rohypnol. The only way to regain your memory is to stop abusing the drug.

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Rohypnol Abuse Treatment

As with other drugs of addiction, quitting Rohypnol on your own can be difficult. Seeking professional treatment is the only way to successfully end your dependence on the drug. Professional Rohypnol addiction treatment, including the diagnosis and treatment of any underlying mental illness that is contributing to the addiction, can help you stop using the drug. Once you begin individual and group therapy sessions your memory will begin to heal and sharpen.

Holistic options like meditation, yoga, spiritual guidance, nutrition classes and exercise programs during rehab will help your memory become as strong as it was before Rohypnol. The memories of your behaviors and action while on the drug are likely lost, but knowing there is hope for the future is a great motivator for beginning treatment.

Finding Help for Rohypnol Abuse

If you or a loved one want to quit using Rohypnol and regain your memory should, call our toll-free helpline 24 hours a day. Our admissions coordinators are standing by to help you learn more about treatment and make the right decision. You are not alone. Call us now at 760.548.4032.


1 Rohypnol: Effects, Hazards & Methods of Abuse.” Accessed Oct. 30, 2018.

2 Date Rape Drugs.”, 22 May 2018.

3 What Is Rohypnol? Side Effects of Roofies & Date Rape Drugs - Drug-Free World.” Foundation for a Drug-Free World. Accessed Oct. 30, 2018.