Klonopin, also known as clonazepam is used to treat certain kinds of seizure disorders, such as absence seizures and Lennox – Gastaut syndrome, and is also used to treat panic disorders. This prescription drug works by calming the brain and nerves by blocking certain receptors in the brain to reduce anxiety and stress. This drug is part of a group of substances known as benzodiazepines which includes other substances such as:
- Lorazepam (Ativan)
- Alprazolam (Xanax)
- Diazepam (Valium)
- Temazepam (Restoril)
Unfortunately, Klonopin is often abused and people become dependant on the drug to function in their daily lives. Once you become addicted, it’s recommended to enter a detox and treatment program for a fully recovery.
How Does Klonopin Work?
All benzodiazepines, including Klonopin, have a depressant effect on the mind and body, which results in slowed physical and mental processing. This drug is extremely addictive due to the way it affects a person’s body and mind. When a person takes Klonopin in higher doses, it will greatly depress the central nervous system. This will cause a euphoric high that addicted individuals will continue to chase.
A person being in a very intoxicated state follows this high. This usually includes extreme drowsiness, over the relaxed body, and slurred speech. Klonopin is fast-acting and generally starts working within an hour and will then last anywhere from 8-10 hours. A person abusing Klonopin will experience a range of feelings from fatigue to complete sedation. Some people will even experience blackouts when taking this drug. People who abuse Klonopin may also start doing other things in excess such as:
- Eating and drinking more
- Increased tiredness and desire to sleep
- Abuse other substances more too as Klonopin lowers a person’s inhibitions.
Short-Term Effects of Klonopin Use
The effects of being high on Klonopin continue to occur even after the high has worn off. After high effect will include:
- Fatigue-This is due to the long, 40 hour, half-life of this drug.
- Dizziness – Due to impaired cognition.
- Mood Swings – As you are coming down from the drug, your body is out of whack, making anger or sadness more likely and more frequent.
- Depression – Which is very common after a high.
- Slowed Reactions
- Cravings or aversions for food
- Cravings for more
Many people who abuse Klonopin will mix this drug with alcohol to intensify the effects of both substances. This cannot only lead to blackouts, but also a respiratory failure. As previously mentioned, this drug is a central nervous system depressant. As the drug slows down this system, bodily functions such as heart rate and breathing are very slow. This can lead to coma and even death from an overdose. Klonopin overdose symptoms include:
- Slurred speech
- Extreme drowsiness
- Memory impairment
- Lack of coordination
- Physical weakness
- Difficulty breathing
- Low blood pressure
If you or someone you love are ready to take the necessary steps to get sober, the best way to start is with a medically assisted detox process. Withdrawal symptoms can be extremely intense. These symptoms include seizures, coma, hallucinations, muscle pain and cramping, and even suicidal thoughts, to name some. Medical detox is always recommended and your doctors will come up with the best plan for you to safely detox the drugs from your system.
Addiction Help With Klonopin Dependency
Once you have detoxed, the best and safest option to get off of and stay off Klonopin and other Benzodiazepines is by the use of one of the many treatment programs we offer at Garden State. We offer many different treatment programs that provide therapeutic education and guidance for each individual to help them reintegrate into society in a safe way. With the help of our team of therapists, we offer one on one, group therapy, as well as many other specialized options to fit each person’s needs. Treatment requires a multi-layered approach for maximum success.
Addiction isn’t an easy thing to face. Luckily you do not have to face it on your own. Our admissions counselors and professionals are available around the clock. We are ready to help you or a loved one overcome the disease of addiction. Now is the time to change your life. Let us help you do it.