The nature of pharmaceuticals, especially those like Klonopin, is that while some find relief and have no ill effects, others will abuse it. While Klonopin, and benzodiazepines in general, can certainly help an individual maintain a number of diagnoses, it can also very quickly lead to an addiction as the body builds up a tolerance and the individual keeps seeking the high.
What Is Klonopin?
Klonopin is a medication available by prescription only for epilepsy in both adults and children. It is also used to treat panic disorders, like agoraphobia, in adults. It’s a class of benzodiazepines, which is the most commonly prescribed drug in the world due to its relative safety, especially for treating anxiety.
Clonazepam, of which Klonopin is a brand name, is a potent benzodiazepine and has a long half-life. (The length of efficacy for the user.) While some believe it’s a relatively safe medication, addiction specialists are finding that it’s highly abused on the street, whether obtained legally or through the black market.
Klonopin’s Side Effects
When taken as prescribed, Klonopin can decrease thinking and motor skills, and should not be combined with alcohol and other drugs not prescribed by a physician in addition to Klonopin.
Its most common side effects include:
- Coordination problems
- Memory issues
When not taken as prescribed, these effects are intensified.
How Klonopin Is Abused
Klonopin abuse is common among teenagers and young adults, who either take it orally or crush the tablets to snort it. It can also be a drug of choice for heroin and cocaine addicts who may not have access to their typical source of getting high.
Those abusing Klonopin can obtain it a number of different ways, both legally and illegally. One is tovisit several different doctors for prescriptions, though they can also forge prescriptions or buy it off the street.
Symptoms and Signs of Abuse
Benzodiazepines in general often have effects of amnesia, hostility, irritability, and vivid dreams. Physically, it dulls the central nervous system and induces dilated pupils, shallow respiration, an irregular pulse, coma, or death. The effects of a Klonopin high should be taken seriously. Its side effects can be deadly, especially if combined with other drugs or alcohol.
If your loved one is becoming irritable, secretive, and generally changing their behavior, it could be a sign of addiction, and while it’s serious, there is hope and treatment is available.
Treatment for Klonopin Addiction
Addiction is powerful, and Klonopin is a powerful drug. Recovery is an ongoing process, and due to the nature of clonazepam, withdrawal needs to be carefully monitored. Choosing a treatment facility is important, and although the medical treatment is important, it involves the whole experience. This includes a strong program for those reentering their lives and learning how to navigate daily life while in recovery.
A facility with a holistic, well-rounded program helps those in recovery to create coping techniques and learn how to function without the crutch of Klonopin. This holistic approach includes medication management, a healing diet, soothing techniques like hydrotherapy, and more. These individuals can then move on to create fulfilling and healthy lives, which is what we hope for everyone.
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