Klonopin is a medication known as an “anticonvulsant” or “antiepileptic” drug. It is used to treat anxiety, panic attacks, and sleeping disorders, and is also used to prevent and control seizures. Klonopin is an addictive prescription drug that produces both physical dependence and tolerance. Klonopin addiction treatment entails medically managed detox as well as the building of a comprehensive recovery plan to address any mental health issues occurring alongside the addiction. If you or a loved one need help, call us today for a free consultation 866-480-4328.
Klonopin is the brand name for clonazepam, which was originally brought to market in 1975 as a medication for epileptic seizures. Since then, Klonopin, along with the other drugs in this class, has become a prescription of choice for drug abusers from all walks of life. It would not be an overstatement to call Klonopin one of the most dangerous and addictive prescription drugs currently on the market.
Physicians prescribe Klonopin 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. It comes in both tablet and liquid forms.
Klonopin has a relatively long half-life or length of time the drug is active in the body. It has been known to stay in the body anywhere from 19 hours to 60 hours.
Sometimes known by the generic name clonazepam, Klonopin comes in both tablet and liquid forms. The recommended dosage of Klonopin depends on medical condition, age, and response to the drug. Older adults usually start with a lower dosage to minimize any side effects.
Klonopin is a benzodiazepine. Benzodiazepines are a class of drug used to treat anxiety, panic disorder, seizures, and insomnia and other sleeping disorders. As a central nervous system depressant, Klonopin slows the brain and slows breathing.
Side Effects of Klonopin
Because it slows breath, combining Klonopin 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.
Klonopin 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:
- flu-like symptoms
- feelings of sadness or discouragement
- difficulty breathing
- loss of appetite
- loss of concentration
For those with several different types of seizure disorders, taking Klonopin can result in a worsening of seizures at the beginning. A doctor might add or adjust the dose of other medications to control these seizures.
While it depends on the patient, most doctors advise against taking Klonopin for longer than four weeks. This is due to its addictive potential. To learn more about how we can help you safely detox from Klonopin call us today for a free consultation. We are available 24/7 866-480-4328
Klonopin’s label specifies that it is recommended for short-term use, between seven to 10 days. However, once exposed to the pill’s seductive side-effects, many people come back for more.
When a person abuses Klonopin by taking more of it than prescribed, or by taking it for longer than prescribed, the person’s brain comes to learn it cannot function properly without the drug. What results is the person will take more and more just to feel “normal.” Klonopin addiction treatment may be necessary at this time.
Because people who are addicted to Klonopin are more likely to exceed recommended dosages, they often suffer from more intense withdrawal symptoms. This benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome is unique to central nervous system depressants, including Xanax, Ativan, Valium, and other “benzos.”
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 some other drug?
- Have I obtained more than one prescription, or take drugs from other prescriptions, to see what happens?
- Do I have worsening symptoms of depression?
- Do I feel anxious and sick when I can’t take Klonopin?
- Have I lied about my use?
- Do I have problems with money, friends, or my job?
- Do I hang out with the same friends from long ago, or do I spend more time alone?
- 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 answered yes to one or more questions, it may be time to consider Klonopin addiction treatment. Call us here to get the best care possible. Get Help Now
Quitting Klonopin almost always requires professional treatment. Without it, withdrawal can be severely uncomfortable and last for several months or even years. Symptoms of Klonopin withdrawal include:
Headaches and stomachaches
- Blurred vision
- Muscle spasms and cramps
- Impaired coordination and motor functions
- Suicidal thoughts
- Worsening of the symptoms that led to taking Klonopin in the first place
Of course, not everyone will experience severe withdrawal symptoms. Protracted withdrawal—that is, withdrawal that lasts for months—is fairly rare. Protracted withdrawal might be avoided or controlled with professional Klonopin addiction treatment.
Klonopin Addiction Treatment
If you are ready to quit using Klonopin, 12 Keys Klonopin Addiction Treatment Center is here for you, even if you’ve tried addiction treatment before.
We help manage those difficult days of drug withdrawal through medically managed detox. Next, we design a comprehensive holistic recovery plan to address the core reasons for the drug abuse. This involves taking an integrated treatment approach for co-occurring disorders, which are mental health disorders that occur alongside the substance addiction.
Integrated treatment is the coordination of substance use and mental health interventions as opposed to treating each disorder separately, ignorant of the other. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends this integrated treatment approach.
Integrated treatment helps patients think about the role that alcohol and other drugs play in their life. It offers them a chance to learn about how certain substances like Klonopin interact with mental health disorders. It also educates patients to identify and develop recovery goals.
Don’t let an addiction to Klonopin define your lifestyle choices. Call us now for more information. The call is free, confidential, and there is no obligation to enroll. Let 12 Keys Klonopin Addiction Treatment help you find your path to freedom today! Get Help Now