Klonopin Addiction And The Best Rehab Centers For Treatment
Perhaps, the most over-prescribed benzodiazepene (depressant) of the last decade, Klonopin, one of several brand names for the generic drug, clonazepam, is in the same class of medications as Valium and Xanax. Known as Rivotril in many parts of the world, Klonopin is marketed by Roche, with its name stamped on each tablet and in the U.S., a ‘K’ centered on orange, blue, or white pills depending on dosage – it is available, also, in a soluble wafer form, and in oral solution (drops). Originally developed to treat seizures associated with epilepsy and panic disorders, Klonopin, approved in 1997, has also been used in treating anxiety disorders, such as social phobias, insomnia, certain types of migraines, acute mania, and alcohol withdrawal syndrome. With almost immediate onset of action – one to four hours after ingesting and a longer than average half-life, this drug should be used for short-term applications, a week to ten days in most courses of treatment. Unfortunately, the short-term application becomes longer term, with users gradually becoming abusers of Klonopin , due to its tolerance inducing tendency, pleasing sedative effect, and relative ease with which psychiatrists and physicians are willing to extend an initial prescription – in spite of the known risks.
Becoming Addicted To Klonopin And Withdrawal
Dependent and addicted – after only one month of use, a third of users will experience benzodiazepene withdrawal syndrome which most often requires an inpatient rehabilitation setting due to the severity of withdrawal symptoms. For many, Klonopin is prescribed for alcoholism recovery, and is perhaps seen, in retrospect by those treated, as trading in one addiction for another. The recreational user (in 2009, 20.4 million people, ages 12 and older admitted misusing benzodiazepenes (which also can be taken intravenously or intranasally) ; the ‘intoxicating high’ and ‘mellowing aftermath’ that is so easily achieved when first trying the drug quickly becomes an addiction where transmitters and receptors in a normal healthy brain are forced into disruption, confusion, and misfiring, followed by life-changing and life-threatening symptoms — the recreation has become sickness, with the brain demanding the very thing that is debilitating it. In combination with other drugs or alcohol, cocktails, often used recreationally to elevate the ‘high,’ especially with increasing dosages over time, illicit users are at extreme risk with certain combinations, especially opiates, often causing death. Long-term use of Klonopin (clonazepam) can worsen pre-existing depression and anxiety, increase and exacerbate suicidal thoughts and other risk-taking behaviors, and interfere with cognitive and motor function. Some have described the effects of Klonopin as seemingly spanning two extremes, from an energetic sense of euphoria to that of a horrifying sense of anxiety and paralysis – coupled with intermittent fire in the brain.
Common Adverse Effects of Klonopin
- Dryness of mouth
- Motor and cognitive impairment
- Euphoria – mostly due to anxiolytic (antianxiety) properties
- Other Prevalent Side-Effects
- Irritability, aggression, restlessness
- Lack of motivation, depression
- Lack of libido
- Impaired motor function –Balance, Coordination, Dizziness
- Cognitive Impairment –Hallucination, Memory loss, Anterograde amnesia-with high dosage
- Hangover-like symptoms –Sluggishness, Headaches, Irritability – due to long half-life of Klonopin and interference it has on Delta Waves in brain, preventing sound Stage 4 – the body’s deepest sleep state
- Weight loss
Severe side-effects, resulting from extended use, higher dosage and sudden withdrawal may include:
- Pounding heart or fluttering in chest
- Weak or shallow breathing
- Confusion, hallucinations, unusual thoughts or behavior
- Involuntary or unusual eye movement
- Risk-taking behavior – fearlessness
- Suicidal thoughts or tendencies
- Difficult or painful urination or less than normal
- Pale skin, easy bruising or bleeding
- New or increase in seizures
- An allegic reaction to Klonopin (and other benzodiazepenes) can occur and is evident very quickly – symptoms include hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat
- Dangers during pregnancy are possible and may include abortion, malformation, retardation, functional deficits, and floppy infant syndrome
The Best Rehab Centers For Treatment Klonopin Abuse
Withdrawal symptoms after long-term use are severe and life-threatening requiring inpatient treatment where physical and mental changes are constantly monitored as recovery is achieved. Without complete rehabilitation, an addict of Klonopin or clonazepam, may readily return to use because of the painful and debilitating symptoms of withdrawal; friends or loved ones will be powerless to stop it. An addict most often cannot detox on their own, especially when other drugs or alcohol have been combined over time – inpatient care at a rehabilitation facility is the best way for successful recovery, which can ultimately heal mind and body, bringing a renewed and healthy outlook on life, family, career, interests, and well-being.
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Our caring counselors will help you find the right rehabilitation center to fit your needs. If you or a loved one is suffering from an addition to Klonopin or other depressant medication, please contact us, now.