Klonopin is an addictive prescription drug that produces both physical dependence and tolerance. Sometimes known by the generic name clonazepam, physicians prescribe the drug to treat seizures, anxiety, panic disorder and insomnia. As a central nervous system depressant, it slows down the brain; it also slows breath, which is why combining it with other substances can be deadly. Mixing Klonopin with another central nervous system depressant such as alcohol is extremely dangerous and can result in overdose. It comes in both tablet and liquid forms.
Information About Klonopin
Klonopin is a benzodiazepine, which is a class of drug used to treat anxiety, panic disorder, seizures and sometimes insomnia. It is associated with a long list of side effects that occur even in those who take the drug exactly as prescribed. These side effects include depression, flu-like symptoms, feelings of sadness or discouragement, difficulty breathing, loss of appetite, and trouble with sleep and concentration, among others. Because it slows breath, combining it with another depressant such as alcohol can be deadly. With chronic abuse, the brain learns that it can’t function properly without Klonopin, and taking more and more just to feel normal eventually becomes necessary. Because long term use of Klonopin can result in benzodiazepine dependence and withdrawal syndrome, taking the drug for periods longer than 4 weeks isn’t advisable. Quitting nearly always requires professional help; without it, withdrawal can be severe.
Benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome is unique to central nervous system depressants such Klonopin, Xanax, Ativan, Valium and other “benzos.” Hallucinations and aggression, anger, anxiety and seizures all commonly occur during withdrawal, in addition to severe flu-like symptoms. It can also make the original symptoms worse. Because people who are addicted to Klonopin are more likely to exceed dosage recommendations, they often suffer from more intense withdrawal symptoms.
Addiction Symptoms and Side Effects
All drugs produce symptoms of abuse, whether they are physically addictive such as Klonopin or not. If you’re not sure whether you are addicted to Klonopin, ask yourself the following questions:
- Do I take Klonopin exactly as directed, or do I sometimes take more to get a stronger effect?
- Do I combine Klonopin with alcohol or another drug?
- Do I get more than one prescription, or take drugs from others, just in case something happens?
- Do I have worsening symptoms of depression?
- Do I feel anxious and sick when I can’t take Klonopin?
- Do I lie about how much I use?
- Do I have worsening problems with money, friends or my job, even if they don’t seem related to using?
- Do I still hang out with the same friends from long ago, or do I spend more time alone, or with others who use?
- Do I try to quit or cut back but feel like I can’t?
- Do I do things while using that I wouldn’t do when sober?
If you read these questions and felt a sinking feeling, we can help.
You Can Beat Addiction, and We Can Help
If you are ready to quit using Klonopin once and for all, 12 Keys can help even if you’ve tried rehab before. We can help you manage the first difficult days of withdrawal through medically managed detox, and then design a comprehensive holistic recovery plan that will address the core reasons drug abuse became a problem. You’ll learn how to avoid triggers, manage cravings and rebuild the parts of your life that will provide satisfaction without drugs.
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