Klonopin is a highly addictive prescribed medication that belongs to the Benzodiazepine drug group. This mediation is prescribed to help treat anxiety disorders, panic disorder, and seizure control. While this drug has many benefits when used properly, it also carries risks for being abused and becoming addictive. Abusing Klonopin can result in dangerous and potentially life-threatening outcomes, and medical treatment is crucial for a successful recovery.
Understanding Klonopin (Clonazepam)
Klonopin, also known by its generic name Clonazepam, is a commonly prescribed Benzodiazepine used to treat anxiety disorders, panic attacks, seizure disorders as well as sleep difficulty, and alcohol withdrawal.
Klonopin works by binding to certain chemicals in the brain (gamma-aminobutyric acid, GABA), attached to the central nervous system. This creates a calming and sedative effect on the brain and central nervous system. Klonopin is a fast-acting medication, and typically reduces feelings of anxiety or panic within one to four hours.
While there are several benefits to using Klonopin for those suffering from mental health disorders, this drug is also highly addictive and can cause dangerous effects when used improperly.
Klonopin Effects and Abuse
Klonopin works by blocking the receptors in the brain that cause anxiety, stress and tension and while it helps many individuals diagnosed with anxiety disorders, it is also dangerously abused and has the potential of becoming addictive.
Using Klonopin without a prescription, upping the dosage and amount of pills taken, and combining Klonopin with other drugs to enhance the euphoric feeling are all ways in which this Benzo is often abused. Crushing and snorting the drug is another common way Klonopin is abused.
Abusing Klonopin can result in enhancing and worsening already common side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, muscle numbness or weakness, diarrhea, and impaired judgment. When mixed with other drugs such as alcohol, black-out episodes and respiratory collapse are common effects.
However, abusing Klonopin can also result in drug overdose. When someone has overdosed on Klonopin, they are in need of medical attention immediately to increase their chances of survival. Signs of a Klonopin overdose include:
When the nerves in the brain are altered due to the continued use of this medication, a Klonopin user may be unable to reach the same level of relaxation without the drug. Withdrawal effects may occur once a Klonopin user significantly lowers their dosage or stops the drug use. They may also require a higher dosage of the drug to reach the same effect, known as tolerance. This often leads to an addiction.
Symptoms of Klonopin addiction include:
- Taking larger amounts of Klonopin or taking it longer than prescribed
- Continued use of Klonopin despite negative outcomes
- Persistent Klonopin cravings
- Inability to quit the drug use despite a desire to
- Legal or financial issues due to the drug use
- Loss of interest in life responsibilities
Klonopin addiction is a severe mental health disorder and requires sufficient treatment to ensure a successful recovery. Fortunately, there are several treatment options available for Klonopin addiction.
Klonopin Addiction Treatment
Klonopin is one of the most commonly prescribed Benzodiazepine medications, used to treat different anxiety and panic disorders, and seizure disorders. While there are several benefits to using this medication, there are also many risks for drug abuse and addiction. If you or someone you know are battling a Klonopin addiction, contact Quit Addiction Now (888-974-2973) for more information on treatment options.