Klonopin Abuse Treatment

What is Klonopin?

Klonopin is an addictive prescription benzodiazepine, or “benzo”. Klonopin is prescribed to treat seizures, anxiety and panic disorders. Typically, it is comparable to Xanax in it’s uses and effects. Despite Klonopin being a beneficial medication for some, this drug is highly addictive and users can develop a physical dependence in as little as a few weeks. Even those who follow doctor’s prescription and dosing may develop a strong tolerance with withdrawal symptoms. Abruptly stopping your Klonopin prescription is dangerous and potentially life-threatening.

Doctors will sometimes also prescribe Klonopin for more serious psychological issues such as schizophrenia, manic-depression or Tourette’s. While Klonopin provides a feeling of relaxation, it is a slow-working drug.

Effects of Klonopin

Like all benzos, Klonopin has a list of effects on the brain – both good and bad. While it is true that it will reduce anxiety, cause the body to relax and even produce a mild feeling of euphoria, there are significant side effects that can occur even when the drug is used as prescribed and not abused. Extensive Klonopin use reduces the activity of the brain cells. This causes an overall decrease in cognitive function, including the ability to form new memories. Long term users of Klonopin may find themselves struggling to remember things.

Common Side Effects of Klonopin

  • Drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Sweating
  • Headaches
  • Tremors

Effects of Klonopin Abuse

Long term use of Klonopin can be overall harmful to the body, even if it is not abused. These are just some of the effects that a user can go through if they abuse, or use Klonopin for too long.

  • Memory Loss
  • Birth Defect in Unborn Babies
  • Aggression or Hostility
  • Anti-Social Behavior
  • Seizures
  • Withdrawal Symptoms even during continued use
  • Dizziness or Vertigo

Should I seek Treatment for Substance Abuse?

Despite abuse of this medication being very common – over 20 million prescriptions are written for Klonopin annually. Many people who abuse the drug find it in their own home or get it from a family member, without the help of street dealers.

If you or someone you love may be abusing Klonopin, look out for some of these behaviors:

  • Drug-Seeking or Self-Destructive Behaviors
  • Slurred Speech
  • Constant Drowsiness
  • Memory Issues
  • Doctor Shopping
  • Hallucinations or Paranoia

If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse, it is important to get help. Detoxing from benzos can be very dangerous if not monitored medically by a professional like the ones at Royal Life Centers.

Medical Detox

The more one uses Klonopin, the more one experiences the side effects associated with Klonopin withdrawal. Many treatment professionals consider addiction to prescription and street Klonopin to be one of the most difficult to overcome. In fact, unsupervised, abrupt cessation from Klonopin can lead to seizures, toxic psychosis and sometimes death. Like other anti-anxiety medications, historically, Klonopin detoxification was once done using another benzodiazepine or “benzo” . This is very rarely done today. This is because there are concerns about using a different benzo for Klonopin withdrawal withdrawal:
  1. Benzos are addictive drugs that can cause grand mal seizures and death, just like alcohol.
  2. Using another benzo during withdrawal sends the addiction-replacement-message that it’s okay to substitute one benzo with another
  3. Non-addictive detox medicines that also prevent seizures, are frequently used in place of addictive ones whenever possible (i.e. pregabalin in place of a non-Klonopin benzo)
Pregabalin and its relatives are a better option for medical detox because they:
  • Are not addictive
  • End the likelihood of a grand mal seizure
  • Decrease craving
  • Decrease drug seeking behavior
  • Decrease worry and increase relief
  • Decrease agitation and increase calm
  • Decrease restlessness and increase tranquility
  • Decrease fatigue and increase ambition
  • Improve concentration
  • Decrease irritability and increase serenity
  • Decrease muscle tension and increase comfort
  • Decrease panic, anger, or hate attacks
  • decrease irrational fear and increase sustained endurance
Medications such as pregabalin and its relatives are used to assist Klonopin addiction recovery during aftercare for coexisting conditions such as:
  1. Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  2. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  3. Panic Disorder
  4. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  5. Social Phobia (or Social Anxiety Disorder)
  6. Insomnia
Medication-assisted detox and rehabilitation, without recovery-sensitive supportive therapy, is far from the ideal road to recovery. Medication assistance without a Klonopin dependence recovery program is a grave disservice. Medical detoxification with a concurrent Klonopin dependence recovery program is your ticket to sustained-recovery. The medical staff at Royal Life Centers are trained in understanding the appropriate ways to help our guests to safely end their dependence on benzos like Klonopin. With the harsh withdrawal symptoms, it is important to get the help you need.

Klonopin Withdrawal Symptoms

Klonopin can produce severe withdrawal symptoms, including:
  • Nightmares
  • Weight Loss
  • Vision Problems
  • Seizures
  • Tremors
  • Fatigue
  • Delirium
  • Irritability
  • Confused or Strange Perceptions
  • Hallucinations
  • Panic, anger, or hate attacks

What Happens After Medical Detox?

Following medical detox at Royal Life Centers, guests will begin a comprehensive, collaborative approach to substance abuse treatment designed to support physical, mental and spiritual wellness. We offer a variety of detox options for treating drug addiction beyond just Klonopin. Our program helps to promote a lasting, sober lifestyle through sobriety and beyond. Our addiction specialists, from our therapists and case managers to our facility staff, are dedicated to providing the best in care and support. Our holistic, evidence-based approach to psychotherapy incorporates individual and group sessions. We use other holistic methods, such as art, music and animal therapy to help our guests to learn to express themselves and communicate. Our treatment features state-of-the-art activity, movement, and adventure therapies to create one program that treats mind, body, and spirit. At Royal Life Centers, we believe that emotional healing is just as important as physical healing.

Guests may begin their recovery journey in our residential inpatient program and continue with us through PHPIOPOP, and sober living at our graduate housing residences. At Royal Life Centers, the guest is always our top priority, and we consistently do all we can to effect lasting change, that they might continue to lead healthy, sober lives long after they have left our care. This is not just our goal, but our mission.

Reach Out

If you or a loved one has a dependency or addiction to Klonopin, or any substance use disorder, please reach out to us about your detox and treatment options. Royal Life Centers admissions staff is available 24/7 to answer your questions and address your concerns. We can be reached at 888-534-9140. Because We Care.

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