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Klonopin

Treatment for Klonopin Addiction

Klonopin (also known as clonazepam) is a prescription drug that is known for its ability to reduce anxiety levels and to help curb involuntary convulsions such as seizures and spasms. However useful it may be, the potential for Klonopin addiction and abuse is alarmingly high.

In order to keep from falling into the pit of Klonopin dependency, having knowledge on what exactly Klonopin is and what it does is crucial. When battling addiction, every little detail matters.

What is Klonopin?

Just like other drug addictions, the first step in overcoming your Klonopin addiction is knowing exactly what Klonopin is, what it does, and how to treat it.The first thing worth noting is that Klonopin is a benzodiazepine, a class of psychoactive drugs known to be especially addictive. “Benzos”, as they are commonly called, skyrocket your dopamine levels and flood the brain with feel-good neurotransmitters.

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Research shows that the addictive properties of benzos are similar to that of opioids and cannabinoids. As benzodiazepines build up in the body, certain receptors in the brain become more susceptible to pleasurable rushes from other neurotransmitters and dopamine rushes.

Medical Uses of Klonopin

Klonopin and other forms of clonazepam are sedatives are used to treat a variety of disorders and issues. The three main reasons for Klonopin prescriptions are for seizures, anxiety disorders, and muscle disorders.

Klonopin, much like other benzodiazepines, is a first-line treatment for occasional acute seizures. The most effective and common use for Klonopin is for treating epilepsy in children. It is important to keep in mind that clonazepam is not suitable for long-term use, as it is very easy to develop a tolerance to Klonopin, and tolerance can lead to addiction. In addition to treating seizures, Klonopin does an exceptional job of treating anxiety and difficulties one may have with social environments. It is commonly used to treat agoraphobia, which is “the fear of places and situations that might cause panic, helplessness, or embarrassment”, as defined by the Mayo Clinic.

Some less common, but still very relevant disorders that may be treated by Klonopin include muscle disorders such as Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS), akathisia, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Similar to how it treats seizures, Klonopin is effective but should not be used long-term, as it could lead to Klonopin addiction and dependency.

One lesser-known use of Klonopin is in the treatment of Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome. Reduction of alcohol intake after abusing it for a long period of time can result in withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, seizures, and delirium, all of which are the targeted symptoms of Klonopin.

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How Dangerous is Klonopin?

Because of the positive effects paired with how quickly you can build a tolerance, Klonopin is highly addictive and thus very dangerous when taken long term. On average, a Klonopin user develops a tolerance after a mere six months of use. Despite this, physical dependence on Klonopin can develop sooner than six months. According to DrugAbuse.com, an estimated whopping 44% of users eventually become dependent on benzodiazepines.

The reason that the human body becomes so addicted to Klonopin is due to the fact that clonazepam is a long-acting substance (the effects lasting anywhere between six to 24 hours, the half-life ranging from one to two days). This means that, by the next time you take a dose of Klonopin, there will more than likely still be some of it in your body from last time. Because of this fact, your body will almost constantly have Klonopin in it, and it becomes accustomed to the presence of benzodiazepines.

Severe Klonopin Withdrawal Symptoms

  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Muscle pain
  • Irritability
  • Low attention span
  • Panic attacks
  • Muscle spasms
  • Increased anxiety

The worst part about the withdrawal symptoms of Klonopin is that the person suffering from the addiction or dependency will be tempted to start abusing again. The reason behind this is that the withdrawal symptoms are very similar to the symptoms that Klonopin is meant to treat. The result: people who are suffering from Klonopin withdrawal will end up using the drug again just to stave off the withdrawal symptoms.

 

Klonopin Addiction

As mentioned above, the main reason for Klonopin addiction or Klonopin dependency is due solely to a seemingly inescapable loop.

After step three, most people suffering from Klonopin dependence or addiction will go back to step one and repeat the whole process over. This makes early detection a necessity, and we are here to help you determine if you or a loved one may have a Klonopin addiction. Some activity behaviors that are common among long-time users of Klonopin include:

  • Lowered motivation for work/school
  • Preference for the drug over previously enjoyable activities
  • Visiting multiple doctors in order to get multiple prescriptions

If you find you or a loved one engaged in long-term Klonopin use, it is more than likely that addiction is present. To begin with, no benzodiazepine should be taken long-term, and Klonopin is no different. Once a tolerance is built, it is almost guaranteed that you also have a physiological dependence.

The Klonopin Loop

As mentioned above, the main reason for Klonopin addiction or Klonopin dependency is due solely to a seemingly inescapable loop.

After step three, most people suffering from Klonopin dependence or addiction will go back to step one and repeat the whole process over. This makes early detection a necessity, and we are here to help you determine if you or a loved one may have a Klonopin addiction.

 

Klonopin Loop

  • 1.A user suffering from anxiety, spasms, or seizures takes Klonopin
  • 2.The user begins to develop a tolerance and starts taking higher doses
  • 3.The user attempts to quit and experiences withdrawal symptoms similar to the same reasons they were prescribed Klonopin

Some activity behaviors that are common among long-time users of Klonopin include:

  • Lowered motivation for work/school
  • Preference for the drug over previously enjoyable activities
  • Visiting multiple doctors in order to get multiple prescriptions

If you find you or a loved one engaged in long-term Klonopin use, it is more than likely that addiction is present. To begin with, no benzodiazepine should be taken long-term, and Klonopin is no different. Once a tolerance is built, it is almost guaranteed that you also have a physiological dependence.

What is Involved in Klonopin Addiction Treatment?

While Klonopin is generally thought of as a “safe” drug and can be used to treat many things, addiction specialists have found that clonazepam can be just as addictive as alprazolam (Xanax). The addiction/dependency loop mentioned earlier is a prime example as to why expert help is needed for recovery.

The first step in treating your Klonopin addiction is the detoxification process. Since your body is used to having clonazepam in it, withdrawal symptoms may occur. The severity of the withdrawal symptoms is dependent on how long the user has been taking Klonopin. Detoxification does not include quitting cold turkey, but rather slowly lowering doses. Due to this, detox of Klonopin may take longer than other drugs.

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After five to seven days of detox, and you begin our inpatient treatment program. Under 24-7 medical supervision, you will transition from detox into less intensive treatment. The inpatient treatment program is the highest level of treatment, and the trained facility staff will work hard to make sure you feel as at-home as you can. In a comfortable environment, you will be able to not only participate in inpatient programs but residential treatment programs as well.

Towards the end of the treatment process, you will begin meeting with a case manager. These managers will be your support in life after recovery and will aid you in getting back into the flow of life outside of Klonopin treatment. This includes any questions or concerns you may have about possible employment, housing, and education.

It is important to remember that case managers will do anything in their power to make sure that all of your needs and requests are accounted for. Putting your outside life aside is no easy task, but we understand that it is necessary. That being said, case managers and the staff as a whole will help you take care of anything relating to your outside life.

 

Helping a Friend or Loved One

Treatment centers should always be the number one choice of action for anyone struggling with addiction and addiction recovery. You may have helped your friend or loved one seek help from a center, but what about the time they are not spending in recovery? Your responsibility as a good friend or family member is to provide a positive environment at all times while supporting and providing feedback to aid in their recovery.

While your loved one battles Klonopin addiction, being a supportive individual is just as important as withdrawal medication. You must always provide a positive outlook on the recovery process as well as contributing towards a healthy and comfortable environment.

If the patient going through recovery is part of an outpatient program and only visits the recovery center a few times a week, make them feel welcome when they get back home. Let them know how proud you are and how great the treatment process seems to be working.

If the patient going through recovery is part of an inpatient program and stays on site at the recovery center, a phone call can be the difference between relapse and recovery. A simple “How are you doing?” can turn the tides in even the toughest situations.

Sometimes one of the most difficult and sensitive things is how to talk to someone going through recovery about their past (or current) addiction. Using personal pronouns like “we” and “us” more creates a bond between you and your loved one. The easiest way to beat addiction is as a team, and your loved one must be made aware of that.

 

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Sometimes one of the most difficult and sensitive things is how to talk to someone going through recovery about their past (or current) addiction. Using personal pronouns like “we” and “us” more creates a bond between you and your loved one. The easiest way to beat addiction is as a team, and your loved one must be made aware of that.

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Start Your Journey to Recovery Today

Klonopin addiction can be deadly and if left untreated and unchecked, it can gain a snowball effect and get exponentially worse over time. As a result of the loop that is Klonopin addiction, getting the expert and professional help that you need before your dependency spirals out of control is crucial.

If you or someone you know is struggling with Klonopin addiction, do not hesitate. Call (844) 899-5777 for more information on how you can get your life back. Delphi Behavioral Health Group will guarantee high-quality treatment, comfortable recovery environment, and kind, efficient staff. At Delphi, recovery is about helping you as an individual recover from addiction, and that is exactly what we will do.