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Klonopin is the brand name of the generic benzodiazepine clonazepam, and it is a medication most commonly used for the treatment of moderate to severe anxiety disorders. The National Alliance on Mental Illness describes Klonopin as a medication approved for the treatment of panic disorder (with or without agoraphobia), as well as certain types of seizure disorders. A panic disorder is characterized by repetitive and unexpected episodes of intense and unmanageable fear. Those who are experiencing a panic attack will exhibit a wide range of physical and psychological symptoms, including acute chest pains, heart palpitations, a shortness of breath, nausea, profuse sweating and dizziness. Klonopin works to reduce these symptoms by attaching to receptors within the brain that control functions like stress relief and relaxation, essentially blocking feelings of anxiety and panic. However, this specific medication is also used to treat the symptoms associated with severe alcohol withdrawal in a medical detox setting, and can be used to treat sleep-related issues in some cases as well. While there are many medical uses for the medication, Klonopin is both potent and habit-forming. Like prescription opioids, benzodiazepines have a very high propensity for abuse. It is important to recognize that even when taken as directed by a medical professional, Klonopin can be physically and psychologically addictive. It is not uncommon for men and women who take this medication for an extended period of time to begin feeling dependent. Because Klonopin is so potent, users can start to become dependent within as few as two weeks of daily use.

If you believe that you are struggling with a Klonopin abuse or dependence disorder, seeking professional care immediately is of the utmost importance. The symptoms associated with benzodiazepine detox can be life-threatening and cause serious health-related complications if left untreated.

The Scope of Klonopin Abuse and Addiction

American Family Physician published an article titled, “Addiction: Part I. Benzodiazepines—Side Effects, Abuse Risk and Alternatives.” The article suggests that while the therapeutic efficacy of Klonopin and other benzodiazepines has been thoroughly studied and repeatedly proven, this type of prescription medication also comes with a very high propensity for abuse. The article also suggests that men and women who abuse Klonopin very frequently take it in combination with other chemical substances, increasing the risk of health-related complications. Four brand name benzodiazepines – Xanax, Klonopin, Valium and Ativan – are among the most commonly prescribed medications in the country. In 2017, there were a total of 20,708,621 Klonopin prescriptions written in the United States, according to statistics compiled by ClinCalc.com. While the majority of individuals who take this medication take it safely and without consequence, there are many who develop Klonopin abuse and addiction disorders over time. If you believe that you (or someone you love) has been suffering at the hands of Klonopin dependence, there are several signs and symptoms to look for.

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The most common symptoms of Klonopin addiction are:

  • Continued use of Klonopin despite an accumulation of negative consequences that can be directly linked back to the drug.
  • Persistent and all-consuming Klonopin cravings, which can be both physical and psychological in nature.
  • Attempting to cut back on Klonopin use or quit entirely, only to find yourself unable to do so for any significant period of time.
  • Developing issues in areas of life where there were no issues prior, such as struggling with interpersonal relationships or developing legal or financial problems.
  • Losing interest in hobbies and activities that were previously enjoyed, coupled with a loss of motivation to effectively treat day-to-day tasks.
  • The eventual development of a tolerance, meaning that a higher dosage of Klonopin is required in order for the same results to be produced.
  • Withdrawal symptoms that begin to occur as soon as Klonopin use is abruptly ceased.

If you believe that you have been suffering at the hands of a Klonopin addiction and you need help to quit, Pine Tree Recovery Center is available to help. Our comprehensive and highly individualized program of Klonopin addiction recovery was designed for men and women of all ages, personal backgrounds and current circumstances. We believe that when it comes to benzodiazepine addiction, medical detox is always a necessary first step on the lifelong road to recovery. For more information on our multi-phased program, give us a call today.

Klonopin Withdrawal

If an individual who has been abusing Klonopin for any length of time cuts back on his or her dose or stops taking the drug entirely, he or she is liable to undergo a host of serious withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms can last for several days to several weeks – and in some instances, even longer. The length of time withdrawal symptoms last will depend on the severity of use, how long the individual was abusing the drug and whether or not any other chemical substances were being used simultaneously. The effects of withdrawal can occur within hours of the last dose. Like other benzodiazepines, the withdrawal symptoms associated with Klonopin can be life-threatening if they are not treated immediately in a medical detox facility. Some of the more mild symptoms of withdrawal include intense anxiety, panic attacks and irritation, while the more serious symptoms include heart palpitations and grand mal seizures.

Physical symptoms associated with Klonopin withdrawal include:

  • Hyperventilation
  • A loss of appetite, usually coupled with noticeable weight loss
  • Muscle spasms
  • Sleep-related issues, like repeatedly waking throughout the night
  • Profuse sweating and night sweats
  • Persistent headaches
  • Muscle pains and aches, general discomfort
  • Dizziness and blurred vision
  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • In severe cases of withdrawal, grand mal seizures

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Psychological symptoms associated with Klonopin withdrawal include:

  • Extreme anxiety and panic attacks
  • Agitation and irritability
  • Insomnia and persistent/disruptive nightmares
  • Depression, which can sometimes lead to suicidal ideation if left untreated
  • Changes to perception and disillusionment
  • Difficulty concentrating and memory loss
  • Delusions, in and extreme cases, hallucinations
  • Delirium
  • Distorted perceptions of the world and of self

If an individual has been abusing Klonopin for between two weeks and one month, the withdrawal symptoms will not typically be severe. However, because this specific prescription medication is so potent, symptoms associated with withdrawal can be life-threatening if the drug was being abused for anywhere over one month. It is absolutely crucial that medical detox is sought regardless of the length of time the drug was being abused or the severity of use. At Pine Tree Recovery Center we utilize a wide range of proven and innovative detox techniques to provide you with the highest level of clinical care available.

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At Pine Tree Recovery Center we understand that medically monitored detox is just the very first step on the lifelong road to Klonopin addiction recovery. We offer a multi-phased continuum of clinical care, one geared towards providing comprehensive and highly individualized services to all those in need. We believe that quality clinical care should be available to everyone regardless of personal background, and our Treatment Advisors are standing by to help you get started on your own journey of recovery as quickly as possible. Simply give us a call at (833) 338-6945 or submit this online form click here and we will walk you through our quick and straightforward admissions process. When it comes to Klonopin addiction, there is truly no time to waste. Seek the professional clinical care you need and deserve today.