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Klonopin (clonazepam) is part of the family of benzodiazepines and prescribed to treat anxiety, panic disorder, and seizures. The drug works by enhancing the activity of certain neurotransmitters in the brain, creating sedative effects. 

If you or someone you care about struggles with dependence on Klonopin or another substance, Guardian Recovery  can help. We will work with you to develop an individualized and effective program to help you recover from addiction and get you on the road to long-term recovery. We believe in the benefits of a full curriculum of clinical care, beginning with medical detoxification, transitioning into a higher level of treatment, and concluding with personalized aftercare planning. Contact us today to learn more about our treatment options in your area.

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Why Is Klonopin Potentially Addictive to Users?

The pleasurable sense of calm, relaxation, and anxiety relief make Klonopin a target for illicit use. But this euphoria along with its long half-life can lead to addiction, overdose or death.

A long half-life means a single dose lingers a long time in the body, and may lead to you taking another dose while medication is still in your body. This practice can increase the amount of Klonopin in your system even if that is not your intention.

Klonopin influences the central nervous system in a way that slows down the respiratory system and heart rate. While its effect on brain activity can relieve seizures, it can also lead to a deadly overdose, if the medication is not taken strictly as prescribed.

Symptoms of Klonopin addiction include:

  • Taking larger doses or using the drug longer than prescribed.
  • Not being able to cut down on or stop using.
  • Becoming obsessed with finding, using, or recovering from Klonopin use.
  • Cravings.
  • Not being able to meet family, work, or school education.
  • Difficulty getting along with others.
  • Losing interest in activities you used to enjoy.
  • Risk taking, especially in order to use.
  • Physical or emotional problems.
  • Building up a tolerance to Klonopin or feeling withdrawal symptoms when you stop using or reduce dosage.

Signs & Symptoms of Klonopin & Benzodiazepine Dependence

Eventually your body becomes so used to Klonopin that it cannot function normally without it. If you try to stop using Klonopin or reduce your dosage, you will experience withdrawal symptoms as your body struggles to adjust. Withdrawal may trigger the condition the medication treated and cause other symptoms like:

  • Insomnia or sleeplessness.
  • Hallucinations
  • Increased body temperature
  • Mood changes
  • Irritability
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Anxiety or panic attacks.
  • Seizures
  • Sweating
  • Increased pulse rate
  • Hand tremors, uncontrollable shaking, and trouble with coordination.

Can You Become Addicted to Klonopin When Taking as Prescribed?

Klonopin is a benzodiazepine prescription drug and is classified by the DEA as Schedule IV controlled substance under the federal Controlled Substances Act. Schedule IV drugs have a lower potential for abuse compared to substances like codeine or buprenorphine but can still be addictive. 

In fact, it is possible to become addicted to Klonopin by taking only the amount prescribed by your doctor because it has a relatively long half-life, which means it lingers in the body for a long time. 

Can You Detox From Klonopin Dependence on Your Own?

Detoxing from Klonopin without professional help can be dangerous because there are risks and complications associated with the withdrawal process. Some of these symptoms include:

  • Seizures.
  • Anxiety.
  • Increased blood pressure and heart rate.

You may even experience acute withdrawal syndrome similar to those that take place during severe alcohol withdrawal. Known as delirium tremens, symptoms may include profound confusion, disorientation, hallucinations, agitation, and seizures.

Klonopin Addiction Detox & Rehab Process

The rehab process begins with an assessment, where a healthcare professional will determine the severity of your addiction and any co-occurring medical or mental health conditions. This assessment helps in developing an individualized treatment plan.

Additional steps include:

  • Detoxification.
  • Inpatient or outpatient treatment.
  • Behavioral therapy or counseling.
  • Support groups.
  • Medication-assisted treatment (MAT).
  • Aftercare.

Medications Used During Treatment

The medication used during treatment for Klonopin addiction depends upon the method used in detox.

Tapering — Tapering is the process of gradually reducing the dosage of the medication to prevent the body from going into shock. This gradual reduction is why it’s so crucial to follow-up medical detox with the next suitable level of care. Often, tapering needs to continue even when a patient enters an inpatient drug rehab program.

Medication-Assisted Treatment — A number of medications may help ease the side effects of detoxification. Depending upon your symptoms, you may receive:

  • Antidepressants to relieve anxiety.
  • Anticonvulsants if you have seizures.
  • Beta-blockers to ease symptoms like tremors.
  • Medication to control your blood pressure.
  • Medication to treat nausea and vomiting.

Medical Detox for Klonopin Misuse or Overdose

The safest way to detox from Klonopin is at a licensed rehabilitation center, like Guardian Recovery, that offers medical supervision and support. These facilities have medical and other clinical staff that will closely monitor your condition and provide you with the treatment and support you need to make your experience as comfortable as possible.

Duration of Withdrawal Symptoms

Withdrawal symptoms from Klonopin can vary depending on the dose you are taking, how long you have been using, and other individual factors. Withdrawal is best done under medical supervision to ensure safety and minimize discomfort. 

Klonopin Withdrawal Timeline

The following are common withdrawal symptoms and a general timeline associated with Klonopin withdrawal:

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Early Withdrawal Symptoms (within 1-4 days):

  • Anxiety and restlessness.
  • Insomnia and sleep disturbances.
  • Irritability and agitation.
  • Tremors and shaking.
  • Sweating and increased heart rate.
  • Increased sensitivity to light and sound.
  • Poor concentration and memory difficulties.

Acute Withdrawal Symptoms (5-14 days):

  • Heightened anxiety and panic attacks.
  • Increased irritability and agitation.
  • Profuse sweating and tremors.
  • Gastrointestinal disturbances (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea).
  • Headaches and muscle pain.
  • Sensory disturbances (tingling sensations, hypersensitivity).
  • Cognitive difficulties (confusion, memory impairment).

Extended Withdrawal Symptoms (can persist for weeks to months):

  • Lingering anxiety and mood swings.
  • Sleep disturbances and insomnia.
  • Persistent fatigue and low energy levels.
  • Difficulty with concentration and memory.
  • Depression and feelings of hopelessness.
  • Sensory disturbances.
  • Cravings.

The severity and duration of withdrawal symptoms can vary widely between individuals. You may experience more intense or prolonged withdrawal symptoms, especially if you have been using Klonopin for an extended period or at high doses.

How Long Are Klonopin Detox & Addiction Treatment Programs?

Most detox and addiction treatment programs run from 30 to 45 days, but the time you spend will depend upon your situation. It’s also important to remember that remaining engaged with your recovery community will increase your chances of long-term sobriety. Attending regular support meetings such as those offered by Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and similar groups will keep you connected to others who understand you and can help you when you are tempted to use.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment & Co-Occurring Disorders

A dual diagnosis refers to the simultaneous occurrence of a mental disorder and a substance abuse issue in an individual. Approximately half of those diagnosed with a mental disorder also experience a substance use disorder at some point, and vice versa. The co-occurrence can exacerbate both conditions.

Addressing a dual diagnosis requires comprehensive treatment of both disorders. Therapeutic interventions may include behavioral therapies and medication. Support groups play a vital role in offering emotional and social reinforcement. These groups also provide a platform for individuals to exchange ideas for handling everyday challenges.

Rehab Programs & Options for Klonopin Addiction

The decision to confront your addiction will lead you to explore treatment options tailored to your specific needs. The most suitable program for you depends on considerations, such as familial and occupational commitments, insurance plans, the intensity of your addiction, and any co-occurring disorders.

Inpatient Rehabilitation

Inpatient or residential treatment offers a communal setting where individuals in recovery cohabitate. This immersive therapeutic environment fosters a sense of community and camaraderie, while providing access to expert medical and clinical care. The duration of treatment is flexible but usually spans approximately 30 days.

Outpatient Rehabilitation

Outpatient rehabilitation allows you to remain at home while attending therapy sessions several times a week, focusing on relapse prevention and development of healthy coping mechanisms. Some outpatient programs also provide vocational or educational services, crucial for sustained recovery. This model enables you to maintain work or family commitments while pursuing recovery.

Partial Hospitalization Program

After residential treatment, many individuals opt for partial hospitalization programs (PHP). PHPs include a comprehensive schedule of activities, similar to those in inpatient programs, taking place five or six days a week. While enrolled in a PHP, you live in a sober or private home and attend the PHP facility during the day.

Intensive Outpatient Program

The subsequent phase in your recovery journey could be an intensive outpatient program (IOP). On entering IOP, you can resume work, school, and other activities, while living in a sober or private home. Treatment sessions, lasting several hours, take place three to five days a week.

Virtual and Online Treatment and Counseling

Virtual addiction treatment programs provide access to care anytime, anywhere. These remote therapy sessions, conducted via video conferencing platforms like Skype or Zoom, eliminate the need for travel and enable you to receive treatment without leaving the comfort of your home. These virtual programs may offer round-the-clock support services, ensuring resources are readily available whenever needed.

Klonopin Addiction Relapse Prevention

You can maintain long-term recovery by developing and sticking to a multi-faceted recovery program that includes components that support your emotional, physical, and mental health. Straying from that program is not a moral failing; it’s often just a part of life.

Addiction is a chronic condition that involves changing deeply rooted behaviors. Relapse does not mean you have failed. Returning to your program and getting the help you need as quickly as possible is key to regaining your sobriety.

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No matter the substance, the best way to overcome addiction is with the help of experienced, trusted professionals like those at Guardian Recovery. We provide comprehensive treatment, including medically assisted detox, therapy, specialty programs, and reintegration support. Our caring and skilled administrative, medical, and clinical teams will guide you through every step of your recovery process from the first time you call, and work with you to develop an individualized and effective program to help you recover from addiction and get you on the road to long-term recovery. We provide a complimentary assessment and a free insurance benefits check and help coordinate local travel to our facility. All you have to do is ask; we will take care of the rest. Contact us today to learn more about our treatment options in your area.

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