Spring Break Safety – Date Rape Drugs

Alcohol Rehab Raleigh NCSpring break is upon us, and soon college students across the country will be headed to warm destinations to blow off some steam and party with their friends. For many of these students, their trip will be filled with fond memories, embarrassing stories, a bad sunburn, and maybe a new tattoo. Some students won't be so lucky and may find themselves falling victim to someone with less than honorable intentions. Falling victim to theft, being drugged, or physically assaulted are all potential hazards during this time of freedom and fun. Knowing how to protect yourself and what to watch for as you are out and about this spring break can keep you and your friends safe. For quality alcohol rehab Raleigh NC services you can trust in 2018, call Legacy Freedom.

By depressing the function of your central nervous system, GHB and Rohypnol can cause you to blackout, impair your ability to move or speak, make you feel disoriented, cause anterograde amnesia, and even death. These drugs are powerful and dangerous when mixed with alcohol. Unfortunately for most people who find themselves victims of these drugs, the drug was introduced to them via an alcoholic beverage in a bar or club. In pill form, these drugs look like small white tablets. When crushed and stirred into an unsuspecting victim's drink the drugs have no odor, color, or taste. There is virtually no way to know you have been drugged until it is too late.

Knowing the side effects of these drugs can help you determine if you have been drugged in a bar or nightclub. Recognizing the early symptoms can give you a chance to find help or get to a safe place before the drug takes full effect. One of the most common initial signs that you may have been drugged is feeling the effects of drinking are stronger than normal. Maybe you feel drunker than you usually do after one or two drinks. If you think you may have been drugged, you should get help right away. Here are some tips to help you avoid being drugged. If you need drug or alcohol rehab Raleigh NC help, call Legacy Freedom.

  • Open containers of alcohol yourself
  • Never accept a drink from someone you don't know
  • Don't share drinks
  • Keep your drink with you at all times
  • If you leave your drink unattended, pour it out
  • Don't drink from open or common containers
  • Go with anyone who offers to buy you a drink and watch the drink being poured
  • Never let anyone else carry your drinks

Alcohol Rehab Raleigh NCIf you have been drugged, you may not remember much of what happens next. Often victims of Rohypnol or GHB wake up eight to twelve hours later with little to no memory of what occurred. Traces of these drugs leave the body quickly so there may be no proof that there were drugs involved in the attack or assault. While you may not remember the attack there are ways to tell something may have happened.
 
These signs include:

  • Waking up to find your clothes are not on your body correctly, torn, or missing
  • You can recall having a drink but nothing after that
  • Upon waking you feel disoriented, very hungover, and have no memories for a period of time
  • You feel as though you had sex but you don't remember it

If you experience any of these feelings when you wake it is important to get medical care right away. In addition to being treated for the assault, it is also important to get care for the drugs that may be in your system. GHB can induce severe seizures in some people and Rohypnol can be fatal if mixed with enough alcohol. Have a trusted friend take you to the hospital or call 911. Resist the urge to urinate, shower, brush your teeth, eat, drink, change clothes, or wash your hands before you go to the emergency room. Do not clean up the area where you believe the assault may have happened. All of those actions have the potential to disrupt evidence that an assault occurred. At the emergency room, the staff will use a rape kit to collect valuable evidence. During your time in the emergency room, you may be questioned by police. It is imperative that you are honest with them about what you remember, where you were, and what you did. Assault is never justified because you were drinking or using other drugs at the time you were drugged and assaulted. While you are at the hospital, insist on having a urine sample taken that can be used to identify the presence of GHB or Rohypnol. If you want to get sober in 2018, call Legacy. Ask about our outpatient drug and alcohol rehab Raleigh NC programs.

After you have been released from the emergency room, talk with someone about the way you are feeling. Assault victims often experience feelings of shock, fear, guilt, and shame. These feelings are all normal and are part of the healing process. Reaching out to a crisis center or hotline is an excellent place to start, especially if you are away from home. Follow up with the authorities to ensure that you are cleared to leave the area before making any travel arrangements to return home. Once you do return home, follow up with a mental health professional at Legacy Freedom. Did you know we are more than just a substance abuse treatment center? We believe in treating the whole person, not just their addiction to drugs or alcohol.

2018 Alcohol Rehab Raleigh NC Outpatient Programs

If you have trouble leaving the party on the beach or have begun to abuse alcohol or drugs as a way to cope with your feelings after your assault, we can help. Thousands of addicts have found their sobriety with the help of Legacy Freedom of Raleigh. Our holistic approach to addiction recovery puts you at the center of focus, not your addiction. By combining traditional talk therapy with alternative treatment methods, our clients get to the root of their addiction and learn positive ways to cope with the negative thoughts and feelings that drive their need to use. More than ten different alternative treatments are available and include equine-assisted therapy, EMDR therapy, inner child work, and adventure therapy.

We believe that when you feel good you make good choices. Our staff physical therapist and dietician will work with you to heal the physical damage of your addiction and nourish your body through proper diet and exercise. For those who struggle with an addiction to opioids, we now offer Medication Assisted Therapy with suboxone. When combined with our holistic treatment program, our clients are able to move away from a crippling addiction towards a sober, healthy, and purpose filled life.

Compassionate and confidential substance abuse treatment is waiting for you at Legacy Freedom. Call or click to connect with our care team today and begin your journey towards freedom from substance abuse with our dependable outpatient drug and alcohol rehab Raleigh NC programs.

No Comments Yet.

Leave a reply