Dangers of Maintaining a Klonopin Addiction

Dangers of Maintaining a Klonopin Addiction

Klonopin is a benzodiazepine muscle-relaxer, anticonvulsant and a drug for panic attacks (it is also the brand name for clonazepam). The prescription medication is notable for its long half-life, 18 to 50 hours, so it stays in the system for much longer than most other drugs. Likewise, Klonopin sedates the nervous system and provides a euphoric high, which makes users susceptible to abuse and addiction.

Risks of Klonopin Abuse

A Klonopin high creates a sensation similar to alcohol intoxication which provides several dangers for anyone maintaining the addiction. It creates several indirect risks including the following:

  • Unnecessary risks like unprotected sex or driving while high
  • Strained relationships with family, friends and co-workers
  • Struggles to respond properly during emergency situations
  • Jeopardized family security by risking finances and work security

The direct risks of continued Klonopin abuse can include the following issues:

  • Suicidal thoughts and tendencies
  • Possible kidney and/or liver damage
  • Diminished cognitive and motor skills
  • Incredible drowsiness
  • Short-term and/or anterograde amnesia
  • New or increased seizures
  • Serious harm to an unborn child

Klonopin abuse can also cause serious mood swings, hallucinations, hangover-like symptoms and, in rare cases, even psychosis and rage. The long-term effects can include depression and sexual dysfunction.

Statistics on Klonopin Overdose

The most significant danger for Klonopin addicts overdose or drug interaction. Because it can stay in the system for two full days, this drug runs a particularly high risk of overuse. Likewise, combining it with other drugs (e.g. sedatives, pain relievers, antidepressants, etc.) can cause an unintentional and potentially fatal central nervous system depression. A user might take a moderate amount of one particular drug, but by combining it with others the effects are intensified. According to the government’s latest Drug Abuse Warning Network report, nearly 313,000 people were rushed to the emergency room in 2009 for a benzodiazepine overdose. That equals nearly 860 people per day, not including the overdose victims who were found already deceased.

Klonopin Addiction Help

Klonopin adds dangers for anyone attempting detox. Quitting the drug abruptly leads to extended withdrawals that add potentially lethal risks and months of discomfort. For this reason, professional treatment is the safest and most effective way to end Klonopin abuse. Professional rehab can help detox in the following ways:

  • Provide a tapered program that ensures safety and minimal withdrawals
  • Address co-occurring mood issues like depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder
  • Find alternative methods to treat a condition for which the drug was originally taken
  • Utilize behavioral therapies to recognize drug-use triggers and implement healthier habits
  • Employ relapse-prevention techniques to find relief in times of struggle
  • Ongoing peer support through group therapy and aftercare counseling

Rehab should include a personalized plan that considers the patient’s strengths, weaknesses, preferences and health conditions.

Klonopin Abuse Helpline

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