The dangers of addiction can drastically affect a person’s life and rob them of years of health and happiness. Drugs of abuse tend to have a comprehensive effect on a person’s life in multiple ways, creating difficulties physically, spiritually, emotionally and mentally. Rohypnol is an addictive, illicit drug that can cause long-term damage for a person when abused.
Physical Dangers of Rohypnol Abuse
Rohypnol is up to ten times more powerful than Valium and can easily lead to overdose, overwhelming the body with the drug. Rohypnol’s main ingredient, flunitrazepam, is known to induce minor amnesia when taken in sufficient doses and is used in other countries with anesthesia for medical procedures.1 The amnesia the drug produces though can be used manipulatively for sexual assault and even as a set up for other crimes, like robberies.
Other physical side effects of Rohypnol include:
- Relaxed muscles
- Loss of coordination
These physical side effects in combination with the amnesia make is so easy to use as a date rape drug. Although the manufacturer has taken steps to prevent this use, it is still a problem.2
Emotional Costs of Rohypnol Abuse
Because Rohypnol causes short-term memory loss, many people will continue use to escape the loss of something in their life, to avoid feeling certain emotions or to simply ignore a circumstance in their lives. It can cause serious mental blackouts and inevitably erase memories and events from every having occurred in a person’s life. These implications are serious enough to put a person in danger.
Addiction not only affects the person using the drugs but also those in their spheres of influence. When a loved one is suffering from addiction, they will likely neglect important relationships and responsibilities causing enduring strain.
Benefits of Rohypnol Drug Treatment
Drug treatment will not only assist in the Rohypnol detox process by making withdrawal manageable, but it will also help patients rebuild their lives and relationships.
Through a variety of therapies and counseling, mental health professionals help patients identify and address underlying issues that led to an addiction. Healing can begin in treatment, and patients can once again make new memories instead of attempting to erase them with continued Rohypnol use.
End the Dangers of Rohypnol Abuse
If you or someone you know is struggling with an addiction to Rohypnol, please call our toll-free helpline. We are available to help 24 hours a day and can provide information about Rohypnol, addiction and recovery. Make the first step toward change, and call now.
By Becca Owens
1"Rohypnol." Drugs.com. 4 September 2018.
2"Drugs of Abuse." US Drug Enforcement Administration. 2017.