Klonopin is a prescription sedative that is part of the drug category, Benzodiazepine. It activates nerves and receptors in the central nervous system to create a calming effect. Klonopin is prescribed for the treatment of generalized anxiety, panic attacks, and insomnia because of the drug’s ability to reduce stress and agitation. It is also commonly used to treat seizure disorders. Those who suffer from anxiety disorders and seek out help from a psychiatrist may be presented with the option to start taking medication. Sometimes it can take several months of dosage adjustments and trial medications before the patient and his or her doctor can determine what works best. It is rare and highly ill-advised for doctors to prescribe Klonopin right off the bat because of its addictive potential. If you started taking Klonopin for anxiety or panic disorder, but find you are now dependent on the medication, Restore Drug Rehab Center offers high-quality Klonopin addiction treatment programs that can help.
Starting a patient on the lowest dose of a benzodiazepine that possesses minimal risk for abuse – in comparison to other formulations of this drug class – is a common procedure in prescribing practices. From there, if needed, they may have to work their way up, as different medications have varying effects on different people. Some individuals start out on Lorazepam, but after a few months or a year of adjusting the dose, they realize it isn’t the dosage that is a problem, it’s the drug that isn’t right. The doctor will then put the patient onto a different benzo, such as Xanax. The patient notices the Xanax is much more effective at relieving anxiety, but they do not like the drowsiness effect it can have. If anxiety attack were to strike at work, at an important event, or at any time that required focus and attention, the patient believed taking Xanax would make them too drowsy or distracted.
People who suffer from anxiety and panic disorders often turn to medications so that they can function normally day-to-day. These individuals simply want to take away their anxiety when it occurs and be able to live the way they would prior to an attack. Although Xanax may relieve their crippling anxiousness, the overly eased state the drug produces can become just another barrier. The next route the doctor may choose to take is to switch them onto Klonopin. Many people who have gone through this process of trial and error are pleasantly surprised by how effective the Klonopin is in comparison to the other benzodiazepines. A major benefit that a lot of patients find is that the medication takes away their anxiety without making them feel loose, tired, or dazed. With the right dosage, the drug did not alter their personality the way that the other medication did, and the anxiety was lifted. These effects are appealing to those looking to find a solution for their anxiety, but it is actually one of the many reasons Klonopin abuse is common.
Additionally, many physicians are hesitant to prescribe Klonopin because of the dangers associated with its use. Mixing Klonopin with other substances can be lethal in many cases. Some people who take benzodiazepines drink alcohol on the medicine. After a couple drinks, the effects of the drug become amplified and can be incredibly harmful to the person. Klonopin is one drug in this category that is known to have extreme consequences when even the slightest amount of alcohol is consumed. The risks associated with the medication are believed to outweigh the benefits, and therefore many doctors are hesitant to prescribe it to patients.
All benzodiazepines drugs have a potential for misuse and abuse. When used recreationally or taken in any manner other directed, a prescription drug addiction can quickly develop. Although Klonopin, a long-acting benzodiazepine, is often used to aid in withdrawal from short-acting benzodiazepines, research suggests that the drug has the potential for abuse as well.
Klonopin abuse can begin in patients who are taking the medication as prescribed by their doctor. However, just like people who take the drug illegally, these individuals too can become dependent on the substance if:
- Prescribing of the drug extends beyond the short-term
- Alternative strategies or holistic methods of coping with anxiety have not been established
- Taking the drug for purposes other than the condition for which it was prescribed (for insomnia, general anxiety relief, or to help with feelings of depression.)
Klonopin abuse of any of kind can quickly result in tolerance build up, requiring increased amounts of the drug. Additionally, Klonopin has the potential to induce feelings of euphoria. Using prescription drugs to stimulate a pleasure response quickly increases cravings, thus making Klonopin a habit-forming drug. It is important to address a drug or alcohol problem as soon as it comes to light. If someone you know is abusing their medication, the programs available for Klonopin addiction treatment at Restore Drug Treatment Center can help them stop using.
Klonopin use can cause acute impairment, which looks similar to intoxication caused by alcohol. A person who abuses Klonopin will commonly exhibit some of the following behaviors:
If a person takes a considerably large amount of Klonopin, this will have an extreme effect on brain functioning, resulting in:
In severe cases, when Klonopin is used in excess or in combination with alcohol it can lead to a fatal overdose due your brain’s respiratory control center failing to signal enough oxygen to reach the brain. The majority of benzodiazepine overdose deaths are unintentional.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) discovered that in 2013, approximately 30% of prescription drug overdose-related deaths that year involved benzodiazepines. Although the risk of benzodiazepine overdose is relatively low when these drugs are taken on their own, combining any benzo with another substance, namely opioids or alcohol, multiplies the likelihood of a lethal overdose. A recent study performed by the CDC also revealed that 75% of benzodiazepine overdose deaths involved opioid drugs.
If Klonopin abuse and overuse persists, it won’t take long for a drug dependency to form. Tolerance, dependence, and the onset of withdrawal symptoms when the drug’s effect wear off are all signs of Klonopin addiction.
At Restore Drug Treatment LA, we specialize in treating addictions of all kinds, no matter the drug or severity. We have the experience, certification, knowledge, and dedication to provide you with the highest quality of care. Each person who comes to us for help ending their battle with addiction undergoes a detailed evaluation and assessment so that the physicians and clinical staff can gain a full understanding of the individual’s unique circumstance.
When starting Klonopin addiction treatment at Restore Drug Rehab, you can be confident that you will be able to achieve lifelong success with us. You can expect to receive an individualized treatment plan, designed specifically for you and your own needs. Tradition therapy program and alternative treatments are offered at Restore in both residential rehab and our outpatient programs. Some of these therapeutic techniques include:
- One-on-one counseling
- Group therapy
- Family therapy
- SMART Recovery
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Specialized programs: gender-specific, trauma focused, women’s groups, etc.
- Art Therapy
- Exercise Therapy
At Restore, we are dedicated to sticking with you and guiding you every step of the way of your recovery journey. Having a strong group of people who will support you in the time following your stay is vital to sobriety maintenance, especially in first few initial years. In addition to the support from family, friends and loved ones, Restore graduates also have our Alumni program. The alumni program is a recovery community that brings our graduates together for support, advice, and encouragement. We commit ourselves to you and your recovery for the rest of your life at the moment you first reach out to us for help.
Overcoming drug dependence can be challenging, but it is possible with the right Klonopin addiction treatment program. Take the first step toward a new, fulfilling life of sobriety by calling the specialists at Restore Treatment Center today. Our admissions counselors are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you get started on your recovery journey.