Gaining notoriety as popular “club drugs” GHB and Rohypnol are often abused by young people in social environments such as nightclubs, parties and concerts. Both of these drugs have also been used to perpetrate sexual assaults due to their tendency to sedate users and render them physically unresponsive.
On the street, GHB is otherwise known as liquid ecstasy, liquid X, vita-G, scoop and soap. Street names for Rohypnol include roofie, rophie, roach and rope. Although many abusers take GHB and Rohypnol under the assumption that they pose little risk of addiction, these drugs are, in fact, quite dangerous and habit forming.
Dependence on Rohypnol
Rohypnol users quickly develop a tolerance that requires them to begin using in higher and higher doses. In addition to causing acute chemical dependence at both the physical and psychological level, Rohypnol has been known to produce violent withdrawal seizures in longtime users.
Dependence on GHB
Physical and psychological addiction to GHB occurs quite readily and quickly. Users withdrawing from GHB may experience a number of moderate to severe side effects including:
These withdrawal reactions tend to be particularly pronounced in GHB abusers who also consume alcohol and other controlled substances.
The Health Risks of Rohypnol Addiction
When left untreated, addiction to GHB or Rohypnol can have serious, if not catastrophic, repercussions. In addition to its ability to render users unconscious, Rohypnol has been known to be lethal if mixed with any combination of alcohol or other central nervous system depressants.
The Health Risks of GHB Addiction
GHB users often experience seizures after ingesting the drug. Its pronounced sedative effects may also lead to coma and even death. When used in conjunction with alcohol or other controlled substances, GHB can produce acute nausea and breathing difficulties. Over the years, it has been connected with countless overdoses, poisonings, rapes and deaths.
Beating a Dependency on GHB and/or Rohypnol
Individuals struggling with GHB or Rohypnol dependency can beat these insidious drugs with the help of a targeted medical rehabilitation program. At Blu By the Sea, we have the experience necessary to help you or your loved one break the chains of addiction once and for all. In addition to GHB or Rohypnol treatments, we offer customized therapies to address a wide range of alcohol and drug problems. To find out how we can help you today, contact a Blu By the Sea professional at 1 (850) 424-3252 today.