It has been reported that 15 percent of Americans have some type of benzodiazepine in their medicine cabinet. Klonopin is just one of many drugs in this class that are widely available and widely abused, that have a profound effect on society. They are easy to get, not expensive and are legal. Research has shown that an addiction to benzodiazepines, in general, sent approximately 60,000 users to rehab in 2008, and more than 75,000 people were admitted to emergency rooms in 2011 due to complications caused by Klonopin.
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Klonopin is a potent muscle relaxant and tranquilizer that is not generally recommended for long-term use because of its addictive potential. It changes the brain’s neurochemistry, which can lead to a mental and physical dependence, even under a doctor’s supervision. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), “Some (Klonopin users) developed suicidal thoughts and behaviors as early as one week after they started taking the medication,” while the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) estimates that one in 500 people prescribed Klonopin experience a suicidal ideation.
The central nervous system depressant slows heart rate and breathing, producing a euphoric high followed by a hazy, intoxicated stupor. Many users have reported feeling like they are in a fog, devoid of empathy or creativity.
Addiction begins with a tolerance to the drug. Larger doses are needed for the medication to achieve the same effect.
Signs of Klonopin abuse, including:
- Blurred vision
- Impaired coordination
- Panic attacks
- Runny nose
- Shallow breath
- Slowed thinking
Klonopin addicts may depend on the drug to manage withdrawal symptoms, engage in risky behavior, neglect their obligations, spend a lot of time on getting the drug, repeatedly and unsuccessfully attempt to use less. Are you:
- Using Klonopin without a prescription?
- Taking more than 4mg daily?
- Needing more of the drug to make it work?
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when you don’t take a dose?
- Being criticized about your drug use?
- Been told you are more moody or distant since Klonopin entered your life?
- Unable to go three days without the drug?
- Feeling guilty about your drug use?
A “yes” answer means that you need help to take your life back. The first step in treating a Klonopin addiction is ridding your body of the drug, which can take as long as two days. Withdrawal can be uncomfortable, with increased body temperature and pulse rate, hand tremors, muscle cramps, seizures, shaking and sweating. Over the course of several weeks, your dose of the drug will be tapered down, helping the body readjust with minimal symptoms experienced.
Treatment is available at The Gardens at Lake Worth a drug addiction center in Florida, with a customized, evidence-based treatment program that includes getting to the root of your Klonopin or Xanax addiction, thereby increasing your chances of long-term success.
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