Secret Klonopin Addiction

Secret Klonopin Addiction

Many people have found relief for panic disorders, severe anxiety, epilepsy and seizures through the prescription drug Klonopin. However, this relief can lead to dependency or full addiction to this drug. Because most Klonopin users were first introduced to the drug through a legitimate prescription by their doctor, it can be shocking and hard to accept that they have become addicted. They may believe addiction is something that happens to reckless people looking for a recreational high, not to responsible adults following their doctor’s orders. Regardless of how addiction begins, though, Klonopin users need help to recover from this powerful drug. If shame or denial causes them to keep their growing drug problem a secret, quitting only become harder.

What Is Klonopin and How Does It Work?

Klonopin is in the benzodiazepine family of drugs alongside other psychoactive prescription medications like Xanax and Valium. It can be effective for the short-term treatment of the previously mentioned conditions, but it has a strong propensity to be habit forming and addictive. Klonopin increases the quantity of certain chemicals in the brain that regulate anxiety, alarm and mood. In patients with an imbalance of these chemicals, Klonopin can make a positive difference, although it is a temporary fix and not a cure. Also, when Klonopin is present in the brain it suppresses the production of the natural chemicals the brain needs to function properly. Thus the patient ends up dependent on Klonopin. Additionally, the drug creates a euphoric high when first used. This euphoric feeling stimulates the part of the brain responsible for establishing behaviors and habits and leads to a strong psychological draw to the drug. The body also develops a tolerance to Klonopin quickly, meaning the user will need increased quantities or frequencies of dosing in order to maintain the psychological benefits or to approximate the euphoria experienced when they first took the drug. These factors work together to create a strong psychological and physical addiction in fully one third of patients who take the drug for as short as one month. Signs of Klonopin dependence include the following:

  • Dishonesty about usage
  • Doctor shopping or manipulation prescriptions to get more Klonopin
  • Defensiveness or denial of a problem to yourself or others
  • Diminishing psychoactive benefits noticed
  • Depression
  • Confusion
  • Slurred speech
  • Lack of coordination
  • Dizziness
  • Mood changes

Klonopin Addiction Recovery

When it comes to addiction, secrecy is the enemy of recovery. The first hurdle many Klonopin users face is admitting to themselves or others that they have a problem. They must understand that addiction is not a matter of personal character but is a disease that needs to be treated. The psychological aspects of addiction make it difficult for users to be honest with themselves about their situation.

The second hurdle many Klonopin users will face is openly admitting to addiction and seeking help beyond themselves. Many will attempt to quit taking Klonopin on their own, but a sudden “cold turkey” approach to quitting can be physically and psychologically dangerous and is unlikely to work. Failure to stay clean can lead to further shame and a determination to continue hiding the problem. What these users need more than anything is to open up about their problem and get help. This is exactly what their addiction does not want them to do. It takes strength of character to admit to addiction and begin recovery, as the mind will develop justifications, rationalizations and excuses for continued use and secrecy.

An end to secrecy means recovery can begin. A multitude of treatment options are available, and in many cases the cost of these programs is covered by insurance. Specially trained addiction experts can help diagnose any underlying and contributing conditions that may be feeding the addiction and can recommend the best treatment plan for each individual. The most effective recovery programs include the following treatment options:

  • Group and individual counseling
  • Medically supervised detoxification
  • Diagnosis and treatment of any co-occurring disorders
  • 12-step programs
  • Empowering education to help recovering users understand their addiction
  • Positive and healthy activities, foods and entertainment
  • Preparation for life beyond addiction

Need Help Finding Klonopin Treatment?

Our toll-free helpline is available 24 hours a day. Our specially trained counselors are standing by and are ready to answer any questions you have about Klonopin use or addiction. Don’t waste another day hiding your addiction, call now and make the change. Let us help you take the first steps toward freedom from Klonopin.