Klonopin – Middletown (845) 207-5158

Drug Treatment Centers, Middletown provides information and services related to drug treatment and recovery. Klonopin addicts and friends and family of addicts can call our experts for more information at (845) 207-5158. We will connect you to the right resources and help you find recovery treatment programs that work for your needs.

Read on to learn more about this drug and how you can get help for an addiction.

What is Klonopin?

Klonopin is a brand name for the generic drug clonazepam.

Clonazepam is a sedative-hypnotic drug that belongs to a family of prescription medications called benzodiazepines. Benzodiazepines are central nervous system depressants most commonly prescribed to treat anxiety disorders, but they’re also used to treat insomnia, seizures, and panic attacks.

Clonazepam works by increasing the amount of the neurotransmitter GABA to slow down the nerve transmissions in the body for a calming effect. Klonopin is known on the street as K-pin, and it’s a commonly abused benzodiazepine. Other “benzos” that have similar effects and which are also commonly abused include Xanax, Valium, and Ativan.

Why is Klonopin Addictive?

The effects of clonazepam include feelings of euphoria, relaxation, and a heightened sense of wellbeing. For those who suffer from anxiety, clonazepam can dramatically improve quality of life.

However, those who take this medication often find that over time, the effects aren’t as intense as when they first started taking it. As a result, they take more of the drug than is prescribed, a classic sign of Klonopin abuse. Another sign of abuse is taking it for non-medical reasons.

These types of abuse can quickly lead to a physical dependence on clonazepam, which is characterized in part by the onset of withdrawal symptoms when use is discontinued.

Signs and Symptoms of Clonazepam Addiction

Not everyone who is addicted to clonazepam will experience all of the signs and symptoms of addiction. Some of the general symptoms of prescription drug abuse include:

  • Forging or stealing prescriptions.
  • “Misplacing” prescriptions so that another must be written.
  • Getting prescriptions from more than one doctor.
  • Engaging in obsessive drug-seeking behaviors.
  • Continuing to use the drug even though you’ve tried to stop.
  • Continuing to use the drug even though it’s causing legal, financial, or relationship problems.
  • Neglecting responsibilities at home and work.
  • Losing interest in activities you once enjoyed.

Signs and symptoms of addiction specific to clonazepam and other benzodiazepines include:

  • Euphoria.
  • Irritability.
  • Heightened anxiety and depression.
  • Agitation.
  • Panic attacks.
  • Numbness in the arms, hands, legs, or feet.
  • Rashes.
  • Impaired motor and muscle coordination.
  • Increases in salivation and urination.
  • Seizures.
  • Short-term memory loss.
  • Cravings.

Treatment for Clonazepam Addiction

The first step in any addiction treatment program is detox. Because quitting Klonopin and other benzodiazepines without medical help can be extremely dangerous, the detox process involves tapering off the doses to prevent the onset of withdrawal symptoms. By the time the doses have been considerably lowered, quitting altogether will produce much milder and less dangerous symptoms of withdrawal.

After detox is complete, addiction treatment therapies will address the more complex psychological issues surrounding the addiction. In many cases of benzodiazepine addiction, a co-occurring mental health illness is present and must be treated at the same time as the addiction. Although the treatments for the addiction and the mental illness will be separate, they should be integrated and performed as a collaborative effort among treatment professionals.

The last phase of addiction treatment is an aftercare plan that’s set in place after treatment is complete. The aftercare program is individualized and designed to help prevent relapse and promote long-term recovery, and it will typically involve a wide variety of programs including:

  • On-going group and family counseling and individual psychotherapy, including cognitive-behavioral therapy.
  • Participation in a community support recovery group.
  • Continuing evaluation of any co-occurring mental health disorders and the medications prescribed to manage them.
  • Regular meetings with a case manager to evaluate for changing and emerging needs.
  • Vocational rehab.

Begin your search for Klonopin addiction rehab today. Call Drug Treatment Centers Middletown at (845) 207-5158 for more information.

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