Treating Rohypnol Addiction

Rohypnol, also called roofies, roach or rope, is commonly known as a "date rape" drug. Often mixed with alcohol, Rohypnol can incapacitate a victim and prevent them from resisting sexual assault, and may even be fatal.

The effects of Rohypnol may include:

  • Muscle relaxation
  • Amnesia
  • Rohypnol addiction
  • Seizures

Even though Rohypnol is not approved for use in the U. S. and its importation is banned, Rohypnol abuse is still a major concern. A similar drug being sold as “roofies,” clonazepam or Klonopin, is also being abused with significant side effects.

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GHB Abuse

GHB (gamma-hydroxybutyrate), another “club drug,” is commonly abused for its euphoric and sedative effects. Like Rohypnol and clonazepam, GHB is known as a date rape drug, having been associated with many incidents of sexual assault .

Available in tablet, powder liquid and capsule form, GHB is also known as "liquid ecstacy," "somatomax," "scoop," or "grievous bodily harm." The drug is colorless and odorless, takes effect within minutes and produces a “high” that can last up to eight hours.

Some of the effects of GHB abuse may include:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Coma and unconsciousness
  • Seizures (particularly when combined with methamphetamine)
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Weakness
  • Loss of peripheral vision
  • Difficulty breathing (particularly when c ombined with other drugs such as alcohol

GHB abuse is especially common among teens and college students. People who become addicted to GHB may experience withdrawal symptoms ranging from tremors and insomnia to sweating and anxiety, which can last many days. GHB detox is best completed as part of a residential GHB rehab program, under the supervision of medical professionals. After 10 to 14 days of GHB detoxification, individuals often benefit from GHB addiction treatment.

GHB rehab typically includes intensive counseling, 12-Step meetings, relapse prevention planning and coping skills training. A combination of medications and cognitive-behavioral therapy, along with other therapies and activities, can help people addicted to GHB get clean and sober – even if the person has struggled with chronic relapse or treatment failures in the past.

Are you or someone you know addicted to Rohypnol or GHB? Addiction is a chronic, relapsing illness that typically requires comprehensive drug rehab treatment. Call 866-323-5612 to start on the path toward healing.

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