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.
Prescription drugs are certainly not cheap. In order to support their habits, many Klonopin addicts will resort to illegal activities such as theft.
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 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.