Stress or Anxiety Issues and Klonopin Abuse

Stress or Anxiety Issues and Klonopin Abuse

Klonopin is a powerful psychotropic drug that is frequently prescribed for the short-term relief of anxiety disorders or seizures. One third of all patients who use the drug for longer than three months will become physically and psychologically dependent on it. The odds of addiction for people who use the drug recreationally are even higher. Great care should be used when prescribing and using this drug and professional help should be enlisted for addiction recovery.

How Klonopin Affects Anxiety Disorders

Stress and anxiety management are controlled by a part of the brain called the hippocampus. A naturally occurring chemical called gamma-aminobtyric acid (GABA) provides a natural calming effect in the brain. Imbalances in the amount of this substance in the body or the brain’s ability to use it can lead to any of the following psychological symptoms:

  • Panic attacks
  • Social anxiety disorder
  • Depression
  • Behavioral or “process” addictions (gambling, self-injury, eating, etc)
  • Schizophrenia
  • Suicidal thoughts or actions

Klonopin, which is the brand name for the generic benzodiazepine clonazepam, enhances the effects of GABA in the brain, providing a range of effects, including the following:

  • Sleepiness
  • Noticeable relief of anxiety and stress
  • Muscle relaxation
  • Short term memory loss

Users often experience a mild euphoria that, when combined with the relief of psychological stressors, will be craved by the brain in a very powerful way.

Signs of Klonopin Addiction

It is unlikely that individuals with no history of substance abuse, who follow their prescription carefully and discontinue use of the medication within three months, will become addicted, but it is possible. The following symptoms are strong indicators that a person has become dependent on Klonopin:

  • Taking more of the drug, or taking it more frequently than prescribed
  • Dishonesty with doctors or pharmacists about your use of Klonopin
  • Any un-prescribed or recreational use of the drug
  • Using alcohol or other medications with Klonopin in order to enhance its effects

If you are experiencing symptoms of Klonopin addiction you should not quit taking the drug cold-turkey as sudden changes to these chemicals in the brain can lead to dangerous physical and psychological symptoms.

Safely Quitting Klonopin

Successful Klonopin addiction recovery requires a sensitive program of physiological and emotional care that is best handled by specialized professionals. The most effective benzodiazepine rehabilitation facilities offer a wide range of individualized treatments, including the following:

  • Personal counseling and education
  • Support group meetings
  • Medically supervised detox
  • Diagnosis and treatment of all co-occurring psychological issues
  • 12 step programs when appropriate

If you are ready to be free from the physical and emotional grip of Klonopin please call our toll-free helpline today. Our counselors are standing by any time of day or night to answer your questions and to connect you with the best Klonopin recovery program for your specific needs. Don’t wait and don’t try to quit on your own. Call today and let us help you be free from the terrible disease of benzodiazepine addiction.