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Klonopin Withdrawal & Detox

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Last Updated - 6/17/2022

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Klonopin is a brand name of the generic benzodiazepine clonazepam. Klonopin is used to treat anxiety, seizures and panic disorders. Klonopin works by suppressing a type of receptor in the brain called gamma-Aminobutyric acid (GABA) receptors, causing relaxation and sedation. In addition to the relaxing effect that Klonopin creates, it also releases endorphins into the brain. Endorphins create the high that causes a craving for more Klonopin, leading to an addiction.

People who developed persistent cravings for Klonopin and feel a compulsion to continue using Klonopin, even when they intend to stop, may have a Klonopin addiction. Treatment for a Klonopin addiction involves stopping the use of Klonopin through a Klonopin detox program, learning how to cope without Klonopin use and maintaining continued sobriety.

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Klonopin Withdrawal

Regular Klonopin use can lead to a condition called dependence that often develops with the use of addictive substances. Dependence on Klonopin occurs when the body becomes used to the presence of Klonopin and adjusts to accommodate the drug. This adjustment means that the body needs a continuous dose of Klonopin to function normally. When Klonopin use stops, the body stops functioning normally and develops withdrawal symptoms. Klonopin withdrawal symptoms are often uncomfortable and may sometimes be dangerous.

Klonopin Withdrawal Symptoms

Several Klonopin withdrawal side effects can be very uncomfortable and may sometimes be dangerous. Klonopin withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Rapid breathing
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Anxiety
  • Agitation
  • Tremors
  • Confusion
  • Problems sleeping
  • Nausea
  • Seizures

The severity of Klonopin withdrawal symptoms depends on how frequently Klonopin is used and the amount that is typically used. While these symptoms are typically distressing, they are rarely deadly.

Find a Klonopin Detox Center in Washington

People who wish to stop using Klonopin will benefit from seeking help from a professional detox and treatment facility. A professional addiction treatment center can significantly increase the likelihood of recovery and can be an invaluable resource during the recovery process. When choosing a detox center, there are several factors to consider:

  • Inpatient vs. Outpatient treatment – Inpatient treatment involves more of a commitment, but may be best for people who are likely to experience withdrawal symptoms when quitting Klonopin use or for those who have attempted to quit using Klonopin in the past, but failed. Outpatient treatment may be better for those who are attempting to stop using Klonopin for the first time and are not likely to experience withdrawal symptoms.
  • Cost – There are several different ways of paying for Klonopin treatment, including insurance, Medicare, Medicaid and personal payment plans. It will be important to find a treatment plan that is affordable and fits within the budget of the person seeking treatment.
  • Reputation – The reputation of the treatment center or network is essential to consider. You can research the reputation of various treatment networks and see what type of record they have. Typically, larger networks will have a better reputation than individual treatment centers.
  • Follow-up care – While the initial detox process is important, it will be vital to find a treatment center that focuses on follow-up care and maintaining continued sobriety.

Finding the right detox and treatment center that the patient feels most comfortable at is the key to a successful recovery. A patient who is comfortable in treatment can focus on treating their addiction and better work toward sustained sobriety.

Klonopin Detox Timeline

The detox timeline typically experienced during Klonopin withdrawal varies for everyone. The timeline depends on multiple factors, including how much Klonopin was used and if any other substances were used in addition to Klonopin. The average start of symptoms for a typical Klonopin withdrawal timeline is about one day after the last dose was used. Usually, the symptoms of withdrawal will last for three to four days but may last longer, depending upon the individual.

If you or a loved one live with a Klonopin addiction, contact The Recovery Village Ridgefield today to speak with a representative about how personalized addiction treatment can help you address your addiction and any co-occurring mental health disorders.

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O’Mally, Gerald F. & O’Mally, Rika. “Anxiolytics and Sedatives.” Merck Manuals, March 2018. Accessed May 9, 2019.

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O’Mally, Gerald F. & O’Mally, Rika. “Anxiolytics and Sedatives.” Merck Manuals, March 2018. Accessed May 9, 2019.

Medscape. “Clonazepam.” October 2018. Accessed May 9, 2019.