Clonazepam is the brand name for Klonopin, a benzodiazepine prescribed for a range of anxiety and panic disorders. It is also used to alleviate the symptoms of conditions such as muscle tension, epilepsy, seizures, and insomnia. In the 1950s when Clonazepam was developed, barbiturates were the main prescription option for the range of disorders that are treated with benzodiazepines today. Benzodiazepines were meant to be a safer alternative to barbiturates, which carry a high risk of addiction. Unfortunately, this has not been the case, with Clonazepam similarly being prone to abuse and addiction.
What is Clonazepam?
Clonazepam takes the form of a tablet that can either be swallowed or dissolves when placed on the tongue. As a central nervous system depressant, Clonazepam works by slowing down brain activity and bodily functions such as heartrate and breathing, producing a calming effect in patients. Because of its high potency and risk for addiction, Clonazepam is not typically prescribed for long-term use. The fact is that even patients who follow doctors’ orders run the risk of developing a tolerance and dependency to Clonazepam over time.
What are the Side Effects of Clonazepam Addiction?
While some patients develop an addiction through altering their doses without medical advice, others seek Clonazepam out deliberately and through illicit means for recreational use. Below are some common side effects of Clonazepam addiction:
- Slow reaction time
- Impaired cognition and judgment
- … and more.
The individual symptoms exhibited by any patient will be influenced by factors such as their age, sex, weight, and health condition.
Understanding Clonazepam Overdose
Because Clonazepam slows down breathing and heartrate, an overdose can be potentially fatal. The effects are exacerbated with polydrug abuse, where another drug or substance is consumed alongside Clonazepam. For instance, people who take Clonazepam and alcohol do so to intensify the effects of both.
Below are some symptoms of a Clonazepam overdose:
- Poor attention spam
- Unsteady walking
- Slurred speech
- Poor memory
- Extreme fatigue
How to Treat Clonazepam Addiction
To date, there has been no medication approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of benzodiazepine addictions. Fortunately, rehabilitation centers nationwide offer comprehensive treatment programs to help recovering addicts. Most often, these start with a medically assisted detox and residential treatment. Continuum of care is available for as long as it is needed after the completion of treatment. Depending on each patient’s individual needs and condition, therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), family therapy and group therapy can be suggested.
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At Spark To Recovery, our goal for every patient is to enable them to live a healthy and fulfilling life after treatment. To this end, we provide a safe and supportive environment for you to receive the treatment you need under the supervision of a team of dedicated physicians, therapists, nurses, and drug addiction experts. The road to recovery begins with the first step – reach out to us today.
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