Flunitrazepam Addiction Treatment

Recovery from addiction is possible. Learn more about the causes of addiction to flunitrazepam and what you can do to help yourself or a loved one break free. THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO FLUNITRAZEPAM ADDICTION TREATMENT here.

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Do you feel out of control?

Has your use of flunitrazepam gotten out of control?

Medical treatments can help. Due to its potent nature, flunitrazepam (Rohypnol) should only be taken on a short-term basis. Continued use could lead to tolerance, physical dependence, and even addiction.

So, if you find yourself stuck in a loop, professional help can help.

Looking for help? Talk to a rehab admissions specialist. One who understands drug problems. Call us today at 1-877-288-1851.

Why Flunitrazepam?

Flunitrazepam – or Rohypnol – is a tranquilizer about ten times more potent than Valium (diazepam). This type of benzodiazepine is designed as a sleeping aid and works by depressing the central nervous system (CNS). Apart from it therapeutic uses for those with sleep irregularities, flunitrazepam is also used in therapy to help individuals relax. Flunitrazepam comes in the form of a round, white pill smaller than aspirin.

Flunitrazepam is most commonly abused by high school and college students. Because it is inexpensive, people used it at parties and usually mix it with alcohol due to the synergic effects (one substance increases the effect of the other). But how and why do people get addicted?

Understanding Flunitrazepam Addiction

Each person’s addiction begins with a voluntary decision to use drugs. This is true. However, no one believes and/or hopes that they will end up an addict. As people use Flunitrazepam repeatedly, over time they start losing control over it. Voluntary users become compulsive abusers, and eventually, get addicted. The transition form voluntary user to addicted occurs through a combination of processes and a sequence of brain changes. This is why addiction is referred to as a brain disease, because flunitrazepam primarily affects your brain chemistry and then your behavior.

Flunitrazepam and all the other drugs in the benzodiazepine family target GABA neurotransmitters. When GABA binds to receptors, it usually inhibits a neuron and acts to reduce neuronal activity. When flunitrazepam attaches to GABA receptors, it enhances the effects of GABA and reduces brain activity.

Flunitrazepam is a Schedule IV controlled substance which means that repeated and/or log-term use and abuse can cause physical dependence and addiction. Flunitrazepam addiction is an extension of physical dependence that occurs when you develop persistent drug cravings and starts to organize your daily routine around the use of this drug. The main characteristics of any addiction include:

  • Loss of CONTROL of drug use
  • CONTINUED use despite negative consequences

Medical treatment is the safest and most effective way to resolve flunitrazepam addiction. If you would like more information or are ready to get started with treatment, call 1-877-288-1851.

Main Causes Of Addiction

Today’s research has concluded that addiction is caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. However,  addiction is a treatable medical condition. But why go through the process of recovery alone? There are people who can help you with the struggles you’re facing. Get in touch with one today at 1-877-288-1851.

1. GENETIC PREDISPOSITION. Genes indeed can predispose a person to addiction. Scientific investigation into addiction testifies that this disease really runs in families. In fact, addiction functions much like other diseases, with certain people having a genetic makeup that increases their risk.

2. SOCIAL INFLUENCE. Scientific studies have also shown that the urge to take drugs could be a direct result of the syndrome of “being accepted in the social circle”. A person’s first experience with drugs usually occurs with his peers. In this situation, the mutual support of using as a group becomes a benefit in itself. Also, having friends that use flunitrazepam serves as a powerful cultural force for continued experimentation.

3. ENVIRONMENTAL TRIGGERS. The environmental triggers of abusive behavior have been a target of lots of research on the causes of addiction. Environmental triggers may come in different forms starting from a smell, taste or place associated with flunitrazepam use. So when you are provoked by any of these environrmental triggers, you’ll feel a strong desire to use, regardless of how long you’ve been away from flunitrazepam.

Getting the Best Treatment

What does “the best treatment” for addiction look like?

The best type of treatment for addiction is different for everyone. This is why programs must be tailor made just for you. In fact, customization is the base of any successful addiction treatment. Specialized recovery programs adjust to your specific life circumstances and include accommodation, meals, and services adapted to the severity of your addiction case, treatment expectations, and budget. In short, a tailor made addiction treatment program should be created to suit your individual requirements.

What are your main options? You can choose from the following to create the best treatment combination for you.

OPTION 1: TREATMENT SETTING. Inpatient flunitrazepam treatment programs have shown to be highly effective types of recovery programs. Residential facilities offer 24-hour-a-day care in a controlled and drug-free environment. The first phase of your inpatient treatment usually includes a detox program during which you’ll be weaned off of flunitrazepam. During detox, expect to be prescribed with medications to ease the side effects of withdrawal. In addition to a medically monitored detox, inpatient programs also include psychological counseling as a core part of their services.

On the other hand, outpatient flunitrazepam teatment programs are usually a good fit for those with a milder addiction problem who do not need 24/7 surveillance. These programs require you to visit a facility during the daytime (for just a few hours each day or each week) while returning home in the evenings. Outpatient treatment requires high motivation, a supportive home environment, and access to transportation.

OPTION 2: 30, 60, 90 DAYS+ TREATMENT DURATION. Treatment programs usually require at least a 30 day stay, during which you begin to stabilize your condition. But becoming drug-free is not enough. 60, 90 days, and longer treatment programs incorporate additional services and treatment modalities that will help you not only reach, but also maintain your sobriety.

OPTION 3: TYPES OF THERAPIES. Types of therapies included in your treatment plan will vary, but are based on talk therapy. The therapy menus vary according to the facility but most commonly include a combination of one-on-one counseling, group therapy, and educational sessions. :

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapies aim to help you develop alternative ways of thinking and behaving which reduce psychological distress and the need to reach for psychoactive substances as a short-cut resolution to dissatisfaction.
  • Motivational Interviewing is a client-centered counseling style that helps substance abusers explore and resolve ambivalence about treatment.
  • Dual Diagnosis Treatment is oriented towards helping those who struggle with both a mental health disorder and substance abuse problem.
  • Counseling and Psychotherapy addresses mental health conditions that often contribute to drug abuse and addiction.

Further, some facilities enrich their programs to include:

  • Holistic, Alternative Therapies
  • Mindfulness
  • Yoga and Meditation
  • Art Therapy
  • Animal or Equine Therapy
  • Acupuncture or Therapeutic Massage
  • Supplements and Nutritional Help

We can help you find the right addiction recovery center. Reach us now – day or night – at 1-877-288-1851.

Barriers to Entering Treatment

FINANCES: Even though many people recognize that they have a serious drug problem that requires treatment…money can get in the way.

Here are 7 financial resources you can use to pay for addiction treatment:

1. Private health insurance.
2. Government provided insurance. Medicaid and Medicare.
3. Ask the treatment center for a payment plan. Call 1-877-288-1851 for options.
5. Ask family or friends for financial help.
6. Look to a health care credit card.
7. Crowdfund your rehab. Ask for help from the larger community.

WORK: Many people who need professional help have jobs and multiple responsibilities in the community. Though they fully admit that they have a dangerous drug habit, taking a break to pursue treatment can seem impossible. But, you may be surprised to learn that you can probably keep your job while in addiction rehab. Check if the following apply to you:

FAMILY RESPONSIBILITIES: Are you the head of a household? Ask your partner, family, or closest friends to help with your children and home responsibilities. Some residential treatment centers allow you to take your small children with you.

The First Step of Recovery

Deciding to enter treatment is the first and most important decision you can ever make. Regardless of how long you have been abusing flunitrazepam or the seriousness of your addiction, choosing to accept medical help is the most important step. Asking for help shows your awareness about the presence of addiction, but most importantly, it shows readiness to participate and cooperate during the recovery journey.

People facing drug problems are usually scared of treatment because they don’t know what to expect. But why fear the worst? Although you will work hard while in treatment, you are also well taken care of and free from other responsibilities, at least for a while. Flunitrazepam rehabs provide a safe environment in which those suffering from dependency and addiction can battle their problems. Suitably qualified and experienced doctors will be on hand to help you safely handle withdrawal symptoms and make the transition as smoothly and as painlessly as possible. Get connected at 1-877-288-1851! Let us help you become drug-free.

Before entering rehab you need to make a commitment to quit flunitrazepam. This decision requires time and effort so you might find it helpful to build a list of the reasons why you want to get sober and how will this positively influence your life. You might also want to talk with a trusted friend, an addiction counselor, or a psychotherapist about your decision.

What happens in rehab?

Checking in to drug rehab means you’ll go through the following main stages of treatment:

STAGE 1: Intake Interview and Assessment

You can expect the initial assessment to include an interview period as well as a medical exam and sometimes a psychiatric exam. In some cases, program staff may wish to speak with family members about your situation to develop a more well-rounded picture of your flunitrazepam addiction. Be as honest as you can. The initial assessment will be used to create your custom treatment plan. While it can be updated, this plan will carry you through rehab and beyond.

STAGE 2: Detox

During the initial assessment, your doctor will determine whether or not you need medical detox. If you do, you will first enter into a special medical facility to ensure safety and comfort and then, flunitrazepam will be eliminated from your system. Detox can take as little as a couple of days or up to a week or more, depending on the severity of your situation.

STAGE 3: Counseling and Education

Counseling is typically provided on a daily basis. Therapist use different modalities which can include group therapy and individual sessions. The purpose of psychotherapy is to help you overcome all the mental and behavioral barriers that get in the way of a drug-free life. In addition to counseling, expect to participate in frequent workshops about flunitrazepam addiction and recovery. Knowledge of addiction can strengthen your recovery and guard against relapse. It’s important that you understand why you feel and act as you do, what to expect in the months to come.

STAGE 4: Aftercare

Flunitrazepam rehab doesn’t end at the end of a residential stay. It continues on for weeks months, or sometimes even years after, as you stay active in continuing care activities and alumni group outings. The transition out of rehab can be difficult, and you will need the continuing support of a counseling group.

Treating Flunitrazepam Dependence

Flunitrazepam withdrawal happens when you lower doses of flunitrazepam after a period of regular use. Long term use of this drug creates physical dependence known as tolerance. Those who develop a tolerance to flunitrazepam will continue to take increasingly higher doses of the medication.

Withdrawal symptoms become evident when flunitrazepam use is paused or decreased rapidly and suddenly. Flunitrazepam withdrawal symptoms arise after 24-48 hours of quitting the last dose. Flunitrazepam withdrawal symptoms usually begin with an intense craving for the drug. It is common to feel irritated and go through a range of sudden mood swings. Sweating and fever can also manifest in addition to nausea and vomiting. You may experience hallucinations, nightmares, and delirium. Some people reported shaking, tremors, and seizures during their flunitrazepam withdrawal. Severe symptoms such as: mania, extreme depression or violence typically occur if you abruptly stop a high-dosage flunitrazepam regimen.

Factors that influence individual experiences with flunitrazepam withdrawal include:

  • duration of flunitrazepam addiction.
  • existence of cooccurring dissorders.
  • flunitrazepam half life.
  • how high is your tolerance to flunitrazepam.
  • mixing flunitrazepam with other substances.

The wide range of withdrawal symptoms during flunitrazepam detox requires immediate medical help when attempting to quit the drug. Licenced detox clinics and substance abuse treatment centers are experienced in making detoxification as safely and comfortably as possible. Do not gamble with the risky nature of flunitrazepam withrdrawal symptoms. Reach out for help at 1-877-288-1851.

How to Help Someone With a Flunitrazepam Addiction

Approaching a loved one suffering from flunitrazepam addiction is never easy. You will likely face a heavy dose of denial, anger, and frustration. It is common among addicts to believe that they can’t become addicted and are able to quit whenever they want. Regardless of how your loved one became addicted, it can be extremely difficult for them to quit on their own, and you may need the help of others to convince them to enter treatment.

Interventions during which you and other family members come together to talk to your addicted loved one about his/her flunitrazepam addiction and urge them to get help can be effective. In order to succeed, this approach needs to be loving and supportive, not angry and shaming. Yelling, threatening, or expressing anger in order to get an addict into treatment is not helpful and may drive him/her away from treatment.

Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training, or CRAFT, is another approach that might help you convince your loved one to seek treatment for flunitrazepam addiction. CRAFT is designed to help you intervene in a way that you maintain caring and concerned, while avoiding unhealthy behaviors such as: enabling and sacrificing your loved one self-care.

Long-Term Care (Aftercare)

Recovery requires a lifelong commitment. Aftercare is the next step following the completion of formal treatment. On-going therapy sessions give you the opportunity to continue to work on underlying issues that may have influenced addiction. Aftercare services most commonly include:

  • 12-Step meetings
  • Educational classes on identifying triggers
  • Group therapy meetings
  • One-on-one counseling sessions
  • Practical guidelines for coping with stress and daily challenges
  • Relapse prevention training
  • Safe environment for you to connect with other recovering addicts

The aftercare period of the first one year after rehab is as important as rehab itself. Call us at 1-877-288-1851 to talk through the best course of rehab and aftercare treatment. We’ll help understand and meet your individual needs.

Does Addiction Treatment Work?

Yes. Treatment works for those who are committed to their recovery.

If you enter an addiction treatment program and stick with it, you can quit flunitrazepam for good.

Most of the time, people who are considering going to drug rehab want to be convinced that treatment is going to be successful. They want proof that a treatment plan will help them stop using flunitrazepam for the rest of their lives. But recovery is not a one way street. If you are ready to do the work, your participation is your investment. Rehab works for millions of people every year who are ready and committed to their treatment.

There are few guarantees in life. But if you follow an appointed treatment plan, drug rehab can work for you.

If you’re ready to make sobriety your priority, Call 1-877-288-1851 TODAY to speak with our addiction recovery advisers.

Live the life you deserve.

Live drug-free!

Reference Sources: VA: Helping Patients Taper from Benzodiazepines
NCBI: The treatment of benzodiazepine dependence
NIH: Treatment Approaches for Drug Addiction
NIH: Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition)
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.
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