Klonopin Addiction and Mental Health Issues

Klonopin Addiction and Mental Health Issues

Klonopin is a commonly prescribed medicine used to treat the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Panic attacks
  • Seizures

Klonopin is a benzodiazepine drug, and like other benzodiazepines such as Valium, Xanax and Ativan, it can be addictive. Benzodiazepines are considered depressants and work by slowing the brain and central nervous system. Use can lead to dependency, and benzodiazepines can be dangerous if taken incorrectly.

Often, Klonopin is not taken alone but is used in combination with other drugs to manage symptoms. Almost 80 percent of people who have issues with Klonopin abuse also struggle with addiction to other drugs. The American Family Physician Journal found that many of these people use Klonopin, or the generic version clonazepam, to counteract the jittery feelings that other drugs may cause. Many people assume that because Klonopin is a prescription that it is safe to take at any time. This could not be further from the truth.

Klonopin and Mental Health

Klonopin addiction takes an emotional toll and can affect mental health the following ways:

  • Added stress of finding and continuing to take the drug
  • Shame or guilt over taking the drug
  • Withdrawal symptoms when the drug wears off
  • A roller-coaster of emotions as drugs are introduced and removed from the body
  • The strain on family relationships
  • The strain on employment or school performance

All of these things contribute to mental illness and emotional issues. Most people who struggle with drug abuse have depression. Others struggle with issues like severe anxiety, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. The stress and strain of drug use can lead to or exacerbate mental illness.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment and Klonopin Integrated Treatment

If you have a problem with Klonopin and are experiencing symptoms of mental illness, you might have what is known as a Dual Diagnosis. Dual Diagnosis occurs when a person has both a mental disorder and a substance abuse problem, and it is much more common than you might think. Because both the mental illness and the Klonopin abuse are equally important to treat, it is important to find a treatment solution for both issues. While this may sound like an overwhelming situation, there is hope. New treatment centers are available that focus treatment on Dual Diagnosis for both Klonopin and benzodiazepine abuse and emotional illness. Dual Diagnosis treatment, also known as integrated treatment, has been proven to work better than addiction treatment alone.

Help Finding Treatment for Klonopin Addiction and Mental Health Issues

We offer a toll-free helpline that is available 24 hours a day. We can help you understand more about Klonopin, Dual Diagnosis and recovery options. Our counselors can assist you in everything from planning an intervention to scheduling and managing treatment. You don’t have to do this alone, call us today.