I swear if I could come back in another life, I would probably become a drug addiction counselor and a good one at that. Unfortunately, my knowledge had become based on life experience as opposed to studying it from a book. Which, in my opinion, and certainly is debatable the most effective way to treat addiction. What I mean is to walk in someone's shoes rather than read about it, I believe I can be the difference between a client's recovery and relapse — just speaking from experience. I've been clean and sober for eight years now, and there is no way it would have happened if all of my counselors in rehab were learned scholars of some fancy college or university but had never taken anything stronger than an Ambien.

So what do we know about the drug Rohypnol?

So why don't we focus on the last one? Since most people know the first two.

These high-velocity depressants can render a human incapacitated for hours with no memory whatsoever. I can attest to this because I once woke up in the mulch at the Olive Garden on a hectic south Florida road called Military Trail in full suit and tie and to make matters worse there was a Shih Tzu over me yapping it's head off with a very confused woman at the end of it's leash asking me if I was "ok". I kept thinking to myself, "do I look ok"? So if there were one topic, I would be comfortable giving an opinion about legal and illegal drug use would be right at the top of the list. Even as a young child, I was fascinated with medicine. Especially drugs in which initially were thought beneficial, then later deemed unsafe and harmful.

So with that being said, my first suggestion is to don't start down this road because this drug Rohypnol is highly addictive and very difficult to recover from. But the good news is many friends of mine have beaten the odds and have remained clean for years. Treatments vary, and there is no "miracle pill," but there are medicines that can take the edge off withdrawal symptoms Leading Recovery Center in the Midwest. So first things first, ADMIT YOU HAVE A PROBLEM. Denial is the one thing that will most certainly stop recovery in its tracks. So own it. Trust me; you're not alone. Many people have gone through this, so there is nothing to be ashamed of and remember "a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step." So do yourself and your loved ones a favor and take it.