While addiction is a disease that the addict has little control over other than to accept treatment, drug abuse and addiction develop due to an individual’s choices.
The inability to cope with difficulties and process negative emotions or simply being an impulsive person who thinks about the short-term rather than the long-term are personality traits that are conducive to addiction.
What Is an Addictive Personality?
Having an addictive personality simply means that an individual is psychologically more predisposed than others to overindulge in habits that make him or her feel good. Someone with an addictive personality likely suffers from the following:
- Low self-esteem
- Heightened sensitivity to stress
- A need for instant gratification
- Mood fluctuations
- Rationalization of addictions
People with an addictive personality often take drugs to self-medicate or deal with life’s ups and downs.
How Does an Addictive Personality Contribute to Rohypnol Addiction?
Rohypnol is a sedative drug that is not approved for use in the United States. Its effects are similar to those of other benzodiazepines and include heavy sedation, muscle relaxation and reduction of anxiety. Because it sedates and inhibits a victim’s recollection of events, it is widely known as the “date-rape drug.” Its potential for abuse is lower than many other drugs, but a Rohypnol user is still at risk for physical and psychological dependence.
Rohypnol is often used to enhance the effects of more powerful drugs. Someone with an addictive personality disorder may indulge in multiple addictions at once. A Rohypnol addiction may stand alone or may accompany an addiction to alcohol or other substances.
Because it is illegal in the United States except for limited medical usage and because it is not powerful enough to be addictive after just one use, it is unlikely that an individual could develop a Rohypnol addiction without first purposefully using it for its effects repeatedly. An individual with addictive personality traits might use the drug to satiate a need for excitement or pleasure or to cope with stress or grief.
Treatment for Rohypnol Addiction and Underlying Psychological Issues
Comprehensive treatment will not only help an addict recover from Rohypnol addiction, but will also address the emotional instability that leads to addictive behavior. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can help addicts learn to cope with emotional turmoil in a healthy way so that they do not let their impulsive and destructive habits take over.
If you are addicted to Rohypnol and want to break your cycle of destructive behavior, call our 24 hour, toll-free helpline to speak with a trained counselor about how you can get your life back on track. A professional treatment program that addresses both the addiction and its underlying causes can help you regain control of your life. Call us today.