Klonopin is a prescription benzodiazepine for anxiety and panic disorders as well as conditions such as muscle tension and seizures. It was developed and patented in 1955 as a safer alternative to barbiturates, which was the main prescription option for anxiety disorders and conditions that require sedation back then. However, benzodiazepines did not solve the problem, also opening up a cycle of tolerance, dependency, abuse and addiction.
What is Klonopin?
As the brand name for clonazepam, Klonopin is prescribed as a blue tablet or a tablet that dissolves quickly when placed on the tongue. Advised dosage can be as frequent as three times a day. Slowing down excessive and unusual brain activity, Klonopin produces a calming effect in patients, which is one reason it is prescribed for insomnia and epilepsy. However, the fact that it is a prescription medication can induce a false sense of security in some patients, who develop a dependency on the drug despite following doctors’ orders. Others seek out the drug through illicit means for recreational use.
What are the Side Effects of Klonopin Addiction?
Klonopin is not recommended for long-term usage due to its high potency and potential for addiction, which is why prescriptions only last a limited period of time. Below are some side effects of Klonopin addiction:
- Slowed reactions
- Impaired judgment
The patient’s age, sex, weight, and health condition will all play a role in the symptoms they exhibit.
Understanding Klonopin Overdose
As a central nervous system depressant, Klonopin slows down essential bodily functions such as heartrate and breathing, which is why overdosing can be potentially fatal. In addition, if Klonopin is abused in conjunction with other substances such as alcohol, the effects can prove even more devastating. This can be done to intensify the effects of both substances.
Below are some symptoms of Klonopin overdose:
- Slurred speech
- Unstable walking
- Lack of coordination
- Memory impairment
- Paradoxical reactions, which is when the individual exhibits the opposite of the drug’s intended effect
How to Treat Klonopin Addiction
No medication has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of benzodiazepine addictions to date. However, that is not to say there are no treatment options open to recovering addicts. On the contrary, many rehabilitation centers including Spark To Recovery provide a comprehensive treatment program that starts with medically assisted detox and residential treatment before culminating in continuum of care for as long as is needed. A wide range of therapies will be employed according to each patient’s individual needs and this can include holistic therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and more.
Why work with Spark To Recovery?
When you come to us at Spark To Recovery, our goal is not just for you to be independent from chemical substances, but to ensure you can live a healthy and fulfilling life after treatment. We provide a safe and supportive environment for you to receive the therapy and treatment you need – all you have to do is take the first step and reach out for help.
Start your Klonopin addiction therapy today. Call Spark To Recovery at 818-849-5467 today if you want to schedule an appointment with us.
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