Understanding Klonopin Addiction
All over the United States of America, substance abuse is a significant problem. Drug and alcohol addiction cause problems for many people all across the country. But it isn’t just illegal substances like cocaine and LSD that are a problem. Many people have problems with prescription medications, which are legal when prescribed by a doctor. Benzodiazepines are especially addictive, and one of the most popular drugs in this class is Klonopin.
Klonopin is the brand name of the drug, clonazepam. Like other benzodiazepines, it is primarily prescribed for anxiety disorders and panic disorders. It is also an anti-convulsant medication. When prescribed for medical purposes, it is only recommended to be taken on a short-term basis because it can be so addictive. But even patients who begin with a legitimate short-term prescription may become addicted in the long term.
Symptoms of Klonopin Use
There are many ways in which Klonopin can affect those who are taking it. These symptoms and signs can be both physical and psychological.
Physical symptoms of Klonopin use include:
- Delayed/slowed reaction times
- Slurred speech
- Lack of coordination and clumsiness
- Profound sleepiness throughout the day
- Trouble remembering events that happened before use
- Nausea and vomiting
Psychological symptoms of Klonopin use may include:
- Paranoia and hallucinations
- Violent behaviors and aggression
Development of Klonopin Addiction
When someone abuses Klonopin, they will likely develop a tolerance to the medication, meaning that they will have to take more and more to achieve the same desired effect. This can also create a dependency where your body becomes physically dependent on the substance.
Klonopin is not typically prescribed in the long term as it becomes less beneficial and effective over time. Once a patient has developed a dependence on the substance, their body will not function as well if they do not have Klonopin in their system. The danger is that even patients who are taking Klonopin as directed by their physician may become dependent on the drug.
Drug dependence and drug addiction are not the same thing. Dependence is a physical state that is brought about chemically whereas there are psychological and emotional aspects to addiction. Dependence can exist without addiction, but addiction is usually accompanied by dependence.
Klonopin Withdrawal Symptoms
Withdrawal from benzodiazepines like Klonopin can be dangerous if a patient attempts to quit the substance abruptly without medical supervision. Patients may experience symptoms like:
- Increased body temperature
- Trouble with coordination
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Increased pulse
- Panic attacks
- Hand tremors
There is also the issue of rebound anxiety and insomnia. Often, patients are prescribed Klonopin for anxiety. However, when Klonopin is stopped, the anxiety is worse than it was before they began the medication. Fortunately, these rebound anxiety issues are not as bad for users of Klonopin as they are for users of other benzodiazepines.
Klonopin Addiction Treatment
For those who are addicted to prescription medications like Klonopin, life isn’t easy. It can feel like you are alone in your struggle, but you aren’t. In 2011, there were nearly 27 million prescriptions written for Klonopin in the United States. If you are suffering from an addiction to Klonopin, the good news is that help is available to those who are willing to ask for it.
The Recovery Village at Ridgefield offers residential treatment programs, partial hospitalization programs, outpatient treatment programs and aftercare programs for Klonopin treatment. The facility is convenient to Tacoma, Washington; Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon, but there are patients from all over the country.
Our addiction specialists understand exactly where you are as many of us are in recovery ourselves. If you are suffering from substance use disorder, give us a call today. It’s never too late for you to take back control over your own life.