Causes relaxation and reduces anxiety. Also known as the ‘date-rape’ drug, it has a tranquilizing effect, ten times more potent than Valium. Rohypnol is part of the benzodiazepine class of drugs and was used to treat severe insomnia in some countries. Some will use it as a recreational drug for the feelings of euphoria it causes when mixed with alcohol.
Signs and Symptoms
Typical signs and symptoms are noted below but it is important to know that some people experience paradoxical effects – opposite effects to what is usually experienced when using Rohypnol. Because it is a central nervous system depressant, combining it with other sedative-hypnotics, the sedating effects will be compounded.
Methods of Use
> Loss of motor control
> Decreased reaction time
> Impaired judgement
> Lack of coordination
> Loss of memory
> Slurred speech
> Stomach disturbances
> Respiratory depression
Overdosing on Rohypnol is potentially fatal. Used as a “date-rape’ drug, the unsuspected victim may not know they have ingested it in the first place. Signs of a potential overdose may include the following:
> Appearing extremely intoxicated
> Inability to walk
> Severely slurred speech
> Slow respiratory rate
> Respiratory arrest
> Muscle pain
> Cardiovascular distress
> Self-help organizations – Talking with others who also have a disorder have been proven to be very effective.
> Therapy – Behaviour therapy or cognitive behaviour therapy is a proven evidence based therapy teaching skills to reduce the urges. Find a licensed practitioner.
> Medications – Studies suggest that some medication may be effective for the treatment of gambling addiction. Speak to a psychiatrist specialised in addiction treatment for an evaluation and recommendations.
> Treatment programs – Many in-treatment and outpatient programs can assist with a gambling disorder.
Why choose PRC Recovery?
We are a registered treatment centre specialising in the treatment of addictive disorders. Our individualised approach to treating addiction is based on international standards and includes the many proven modalities in the treatment of addiction.
Key focus areas for an effective program:
> Family involvement – family participation in the treatment of any addiction is vital.
> Individualised approach – underlying issues prolonging any addiction is based on the individual and therefore individual treatment plans are an important component to effective treatment of addiction by a qualified professional counsellor.
> 12 step program – Twelve step programs have proven highly effective in the treatment of addiction and starts forming the solid foundation in early recovery. It is also used as the platform to the introduction of self-help organisations, forming part of the aftercare.
> Aftercare – Stopping the addiction is only the foundation phase in the treatment of addiction. A well thought-out aftercare plan is crucial to sustain long-term recovery.