Counseling for Klonopin Addiction

Counseling for Klonopin Addiction

Klonopin is a benzodiazepine that has proven to be an effective short-term treatment for disorders ranging from epilepsy and seizures to panic attacks, anxiety and mania. Similarly to other benzodiazepines, long-term use often leads to dependency and addiction. One-third of patients who use the drug for more than four weeks will develop a dependency on it. That means that they will require increasing dose sizes or more frequent doses in order to achieve anything close to the original effects. Taking the drug in higher dosages than recommended will greatly increase the speed that dependency sets in.

Signs of Klonopin dependence include the following:

  • Dizziness
  • Slurred speech
  • Confusion
  • Lack of coordination
  • Lethargy
  • Low blood pressure
  • Depression
  • Noticeable mood changes

Klonopin Abuse and Withdrawal

Most Klonopin addicts were first exposed to the drug through a legitimate prescription from a physician or psychiatrist. The normal path to addiction starts with taking the drug in higher doses than prescribed or for a longer period of time. It has also become a popular recreational drug with teenagers and college students who purchase pills from drug dealers and steal them from family members. When combined with other drugs or alcohol the euphoric effect is intensified and the risks and complications of addiction are highly elevated. Once a tolerance, dependency or addiction is developed, potentially severe withdrawal symptoms will set in when the drug leaves the person’s brain.

Klonopin withdrawal symptoms include the following:

  • Hallucination
  • Muscle pain and cramping
  • Tremors
  • Seizure
  • Aggression
  • Insomnia

In cases of extended abuse withdrawal symptoms can last for years or even a lifetime.

Klonopin Addiction Counseling

One of the real problems with Klonopin, or other prescription drug addictions is that many of those struggling never saw an addiction coming. Many weren’t even aware of the drug’s addictive properties and simply took it at their doctor’s order. When these people find themselves building a dependency or addiction, they may stay in denial of their problem, justifying their continued use. Good counselors are available to help walk people through the process of detox and rehab. Whether in a residential, in-patient facility or an out-patient program, counseling is an important part of the process of recovery. Addictions live in the brain, so sometimes we just need another person to come alongside of us and help us think through things. Counseling also helps to identify any potential co-occurring mental health issues that may have contributed to the addiction.

Need Help Finding Klonopin Addiction Counseling?

If you or someone you know has developed a dependency or addiction to Klonopin it is crucial that you connect with a trained counselor as soon as possible. Detox is best handled gradually, with close supervision by experts who can watch for and mitigate serious or life-threatening side effects and withdrawal symptoms. Psychological dependency is also frequently treated with therapy, behavioral modification and education.

Counselors are standing by ready to help you take your first steps toward freedom from Klonopin. Call today at our 24 hour, toll-free helpline. Don’t let addiction run another day of your life.