Mental health issues and drug abuse are so strongly linked that in many cases of addiction it can be difficult to tell which one might have led to the other. People who struggle with mental illness are at a higher risk to develop a substance abuse problem. Those who abuse alcohol or drugs put themselves in danger of developing or exacerbating mental health issues.
Rohypnol is a potent anti-anxiety medication and sleep aid that depresses the central nervous system. Its side effects include relaxation, mood elevation, drowsiness and even memory loss. These effects have led people to use it as a way to take advantage of others, which has resulted in its reputation as the date-rape drug, known as “roofies.”
Although Rohypnol is illegal in in the U.S., it is still a common club drug. Roofies have such a powerful effect on the brain and body, they can lead to serious social, physical, and mental health setbacks.
The Relationship Between Mental Health and Rohypnol Abuse
Often, the same people who misuse Rohypnol may be directly or subconsciously trying to deal with a mental health disorder. Psychoactive drugs can appear to offer an escape from the anxiety and pain that accompany psychological disorders such as depression, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. Rohypnol can produce a sense of calm that temporarily leads the person using it to forget about mental health problems for a while.
Rohypnol becomes quite dangerous in large quantities and even more risky when combined with alcohol or other drugs. Because this drug lowers inhibitions, people who take Rohypnol may feel more tempted to indulge in other substances once they are under the influence. They may forget what they have taken or how much they have had to drink, and accidentally overdose. Further, this drug can place anyone in a dangerous situation, and they may be taken advantage of, assaulted, or worse.
If all of those dangers are not enough to stop Rohypnol use, this drug will only go on to cause more pain as it leads to dependence, addiction, and psychological and physical health problems.
Rohypnol abuse causes undiagnosed or untreated mental health issues to rise to the surface. Depression, anxiety, and even post-traumatic stress disorder are among the most common psychological side effects Rohypnol use, while immediate problems can include confusion, restlessness, and irritability. People who have mental health conditions that cause them to suffer from such problems as hallucinations or severe mood swings will only experience worsening symptoms under Rohypnol.
How Can Rohypnol Abuse Interfere with Treatment for a Mental Health Condition?
Treatment for mental health conditions often involve therapy and pharmacological (medication) intervention. Treatment for co-occurring diagnoses (Rohypnol addiction plus a mental health diagnosis) is the best way to treat both issues at once. Effective treatment for co-occurring disorders will address both the addiction and any underlying emotional issues, and prepare you to live a sober life that makes dealing with any mental health condition easier.
Help for Rohypnol Addiction
If you or a loved one is addicted to Rohypnol, call our toll-free helpline, 877-345-8494, to speak with an admissions coordinator about your professional treatment options. We are available 24 hours a day to connect you with the treatment program that works for you.