Klonopin is a prescription benzodiazepine, one that can be habit-forming when taken other than as directed by a medical professional. Because Klonopin is so potent, it can be habit-forming even when taken as prescribed. Klonopin is generally prescribed to treat moderate to severe anxiety disorders, though it can be prescribed to treat insomnia, other sleep-related disorders, and seizures. Those who abuse Klonopin can become physically and psychologically addicted within the first few weeks.
This prescription medication works by blocking receptors within the brain, preventing feelings of anxiety and stress. Once an individual develops an addiction his or her brain will lose the ability to self-regulate stress, leading to increases feelings of anxiety when the substance is not being used. The addicted individual will feel as if continuing to use the drug is a necessity if he or she wants to feel calm or relaxed. Those who abuse Klonopin regularly and on a long-term basis will feel as if they cannot function normally unless they continue taking the drug. If you or someone close to you has been struggling with a Klonopin addiction, Princeton Detox is here to help. Our team of dedicated and passionate professionals work together to provide a comprehensive curriculum of care designed to help each individual patient get started on his or her own journey of addiction recovery.
Klonopin Dependence and Addiction
Signs and symptoms of Klonopin abuse and addiction might include (but are not limited to):
- The continuous seeking and using of Klonopin despite negative consequences
Those who are addicted to Klonopin will continue searching for and using the drug despite the accumulation of negative consequences, like interpersonal issues, legal trouble and problems at work or at school.
- Intense cravings for Klonopin, coupled with drug-seeking behavior
Cravings will become unbearable and will drive those who have been struggling with a Klonopin addiction straight back to using before withdrawal even starts to kick in.
- Legal issues
Prescription drugs are certainly not cheap. In order to support their habits, many Klonopin addicts will resort to illegal activities such as theft.
- Financial issues
Prescription drug abuse is an expensive habit – because the street value of prescription drugs like Klonopin is so high, many will eventually transition to heroin abuse. Heroin is cheaper and more readily available, but using heroin increases the risk of overdose-related death significantly. Most Klonopin addicts end up wracking up quite a lot of debt.
- Lost interest and motivation for extracurricular activities and commitments
Those struggling with a Klonopin addiction will spend the majority of their time focusing on obtaining and using their drug of choice. Activities that were previously enjoyed and commitments that were previously fulfilled will fall by the wayside.
- Increased tolerance
Increased tolerance means that a greater amount of the substance will be required in order for the same results to be felt – for example, someone who used to feel “high” after taking one Klonopin will now need to take three in order to feel any kind of physical or psychological impact. When taken as prescribed a tolerance will generally not be built. However, because the drug is so potent this isn’t always the case. Some people can build a tolerance even when taking the drug as prescribed.
- In inability to quit despite an ongoing desire to do so
The consequences of drug addiction might drive someone to want to quit. However, despite repeated attempts to do so they might find themselves unable. Drug addiction is generally characterized by an ongoing desire to cut back, followed by a clear inability to reduce use for any length of time.
Sequence of Klonopin Withdrawal
The very first symptoms of Klonopin withdrawal begin within one to three days after the final use. These symptoms are generally mild and non life-threatening. However, they can be so physically uncomfortable that they drive a newly sober addict back to using almost instantaneously. These general withdrawal symptoms will last for several days and then begin to subside. They will then be replaced by the “peak” withdrawal symptoms which will last between one and two weeks. These symptoms are severe and can be life-threatening if not treated by a team of medical professionals. Post-acute withdrawal symptoms will then begin to occur, and could last from one month up to an entire year (or more, depending on the severity of the addiction).
The symptoms of short-term/general Klonopin withdrawal include:
- Profuse sweating
- Stomach pain and nausea
- Anxiety and depression
- Suicidal ideations
The symptoms of acute Klonopin withdrawal include:
- Stomach pain
- Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
- Profuse sweating
- Disrupted sleep patterns/insomnia
- Tremors and convulsions
- Muscle cramping and muscle spasms
- Increased heart rate/heart palpitations
- Respiratory depression
- Impaired coordination
- Impaired motor functions
Post-acute withdrawal symptoms can last up to several months. While these symptoms are far from life-threatening they can be uncomfortable and last for quite a while unless treated by a team of medical professionals. Post-acute withdrawal symptoms might include ongoing sleep issues, mild to moderate mood swings and restlessness or irritability. At Princeton Detox we have a team of dedicated medical professionals that work together to ensure that every patient is receiving the personalized care that he or she deserves. While the symptoms of post-acute withdrawal can last through inpatient rehab and beyond, we will do everything in our power to make sure that they’re as short lived as possible.
Medical Detox Services
At Princeton Detox & Recovery Center we also offer the following medical detox services:
- Case management services
- An introduction to 12 step programs
- Group and one-on-one therapy services
- Medication Assisted Treatment (whenever necessary)
- State-of-the-art facilities
- Post-detox treatment plan
- Family support and family therapy
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At Princeton Detox & Recovery Center we understand how difficult it is to admit that seeking professional help is a necessary next step. Almost every one of our staff members have lived through the devastation of addiction first-hand – either they have struggled with drug addiction or alcoholism themselves or they have watched a loved one grapple with severe addiction. For this reason they are extremely dedicated to treating every single client with the compassion and respect that they know they deserve. Our staff members understand that those who have struggled with addiction have also come out the other side stronger and more capable and self-confident than ever before. Klonopin addiction is not a sign of weak moral standing or an inability to know when “enough is enough”; it’s a chronic and relapsing brain disease that can only be successfully treated in a professional, medical environment. Whereas addiction might feel like the end of your personal journey it is truly just the beginning. If you are ready to begin living a happy and fulfilled drug-free life, give us a call today. No matter how many people you have in your corner, you’re the only one that can decide when to stop using and start living a life of fulfillment. We are happy to answer any and every question you have and get you started on the road to recovery as quickly as possible.