Klonopin is often referred to by its generic name, clonazepam. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat panic disorders, Klonopin is a powerful benzodiazepine with a high potential for misuse and addiction.
What Is Klonopin?
Klonopin is a prescription benzodiazepine drug prescribed by medical and mental health professionals to treat symptoms associated with panic disorders. In some cases, it is also used to treat seizure disorders, including epilepsy. As a benzodiazepine, Klonopin may also be included as part of some drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs to manage detox and withdrawal symptoms.
Depending on the individual, anxiety, panic attacks, and problems sleeping are often attributed to alcohol withdrawal. In some medically assisted detox programs, benzodiazepine drugs like Klonopin are used to reduce the intensity of some symptoms.
Why Is Klonopin Addictive?
All benzodiazepine drugs or benzos, including Klonopin, are classified as controlled substances. This means there is a high risk of a physical and emotional dependency on the effects of the drug produces. Additionally, controlled substances have a higher risk of abuse with long-term use, even when prescribed by a medical provider. When someone develops a dependence on Klonopin, it becomes difficult, if not impossible, to discontinue use without the support and guidance of a comprehensive addiction treatment program.
Klonopin works by calming the brain and the nerves that send messages throughout the body. Klonopin is often referred to as a sedative or a tranquilizer because of its calming and sedating effects. When used to treat anxiety and panic disorders, Klonopin works on specific neurotransmitter receptors in the brain responsible for regulating functions such as sleep, relaxation, excitement, and anxiety. The drug helps the user by slowing down the activity of the central nervous system and decreasing feelings of nervousness and agitation.
Unfortunately, the effects of Klonopin occur quickly and are typically short-lasting. Therefore, to achieve “lasting” effects, it is necessary to take Klonopin multiple times a day to continue controlling anxiety and panic symptoms. For many, this can quickly lead to dependency, tolerance, and addiction. Because of the addictive nature of Klonopin, many treatment courses are limited to thirty- or sixty-day increments.
When someone is addicted to or dependent on Klonopin, and they attempt to reduce or stop using, they will experience withdrawal symptoms. One of the reasons Klonopin, like other benzodiazepines, is so addictive is due to the sedative and relaxing effects of the drug. When someone begins to withdraw from Klonopin, their effects are often the reverse of those they seek while using. For example, typical withdrawal symptoms include anxiety, seizures, irritability, aggression, tremors, and vomiting.
How Klonopin Treatment Centers Can Help You Get Sober
An addiction to benzodiazepines like Klonopin requires comprehensive, supported detox followed by an addiction treatment program to overcome. It’s important to note that before joining us at Ardmore Recovery, you will need the support of medically-assisted detox at another facility. Give us a call today to learn more about how we can help you after detox. We also have relationships with a number of facilities that we’re happy to recommend to you before you join our program.
Acute withdrawal symptoms related to Klonopin withdrawal can include anxiety, difficulty sleeping, muscle spasms, gastric disturbances, hallucinations, seizures, cognitive difficulties, and others. For some, suicidal thoughts and actions may also emerge. For some, these symptoms can be severe and difficult to manage. At a Klonopin treatment center, a trained team of medical professionals can provide essential support and guidance as you start your sobriety journey.
Because benzodiazepines like Klonopin are obtained through your medical or mental health provider, many do not consider these drugs’ addictive and sometimes dangerous nature. Even when taking Klonopin as prescribed, tolerance and subsequent addiction can develop rapidly. If you are concerned about your dependence on Klonopin, contact the admissions team at Ardmore Recovery today to learn more about how our Klonopin treatment program can help you get sober.