Klonopin Abuse and Bipolar Disorder

Klonopin Abuse and Bipolar Disorder

According to the Mayo Clinic, bipolar disorder is characterized by mood swings that range from depression to mania. During the depressive stage, people feel sad, hopeless and are unable to feel interest or pleasure in people or activities. During the manic stage, patients feel euphoric and full of energy. These fluctuations in mood may occur frequently or rarely. However, bipolar disorder is a long-term condition that requires treatment.

About Klonopin

Klonopin (clonazepam) is an anti-anxiety medication that is also a benzodiazepine. If prescribed for bipolar disorder, Klonopin is only recommended for short term use to help with both anxiety and insomnia. In addition, it also helps epilepsy, panic attacks, restless leg syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, night terrors, Tourette syndrome and schizophrenia.

About Klonopin Abuse

When someone takes Klonopin for medicinal purposes, he may experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Impaired motor function (coordination and balance)

It is because of these altered feelings that many people abuse Klonopin. It is readily available, rather inexpensive and brings about the same feeling as being drunk without the odor of drinking.

About Co-occurring Conditions

A co-occurring condition is where someone has both a mental health issue, such as bipolar disorder, and a drug problem. An addiction medical professional can evaluate and determine this condition and provide a Dual Diagnosis, meaning that two issues coexist and need treatment simultaneously.

Treatment for Klonopin Abuse and Bipolar Disorder

Integrated treatment programs are designed to help people with a Dual Diagnosis. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Dual Diagnosis services integrate treatment for both mental health and substance abuse, which helps people recover from both problems in one setting. An effective integrated treatment will have the following benefits:

  • Same health professionals
  • Treatment in one setting
  • Treatment for both mental health and substance abuse

While the services may occur in the same setting, integrated treatment specialists recognize that some therapies help substance abuse while others are more effective for mental health counseling. At the heart of integrated treatment is the knowledge that people with a Dual Diagnosis need unique treatment plans that specifically involves their issues, needs and timeframes. There is no one plan that can serve all people with a Dual Diagnosis. Therefore, integrated treatment teams spend a great deal of time creating, implementing, monitoring and modifying a customized treatment plan to ensure that treatment meets the needs of patients.

Help for Klonopin Abuse and Bipolar Disorder

Living with bipolar disorder is a daily struggle that gets more arduous with a substance abuse problem. We understand that researching treatment solutions may seem overwhelming, but we can help you. Please call us any time at our 24 hour, toll-free helpline so we can explore your options for the treatment you need.