Klonopin is a brand name for the generic drug clonazepam, which is a sedative-hypnotic drug classified as a benzodiazepine. Other drugs in the benzodiazepine family include Xanax, Ativan, and Valium.
Klonopin addiction is a real concern when prescribing this drug, which is used primarily to treat anxiety disorders. Like all benzodiazepines, Klonopin addiction is one of its most dangerous side effects because the high is marked by euphoria, along with a keen sense of wellbeing and relief from negative emotional states.
A Klonopin addiction can also develop with long-term use, even if the medication is taken as prescribed. The desire to continue the high by taking doses more often than prescribed or to magnify the high by taking higher doses than prescribed may lead to a Klonopin addiction that, like all addictions, can be very difficult to beat.
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Benzodiazepines work by increasing the amount of the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid, or GABA, which slows down nerve transmissions in the brain. The side effects of Klonopin include drowsiness, tachycardia, dizziness, and nausea and vomiting. When taken in higher doses than prescribed, suicidal thoughts, short-term memory loss, and difficulty thinking can also occur. A recent study of nationwide emergency room visits found that this drug was the second most frequently implicated drug in visits to the ER.
Known as “K-pin” on the street, it is a common prescription drug of abuse, especially among teens and young adults. Studies show that 50 percent of teenagers believe that prescription drugs are safer than street drugs because they’re prescribed by a physician. But the truth is prescription drug abuse is the culprit in 45 percent of all drug overdose deaths, accounting for more deaths than are caused by heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine combined.
Statistics show that one in 20 Americans have used prescription medications for non-medical purposes. Like most prescription drugs of abuse, the abuse of Klonopin often leads to serious problems. General signs of prescription drug abuse and addiction include:
Drug addiction rehab is absolutely essential for successful recovery from a prescription drug addiction. One reason is that withdrawal from Klonopin must be done gradually and under the supervision of a physician in order to prevent dangerous side effects. Quitting the substance suddenly can lead to dangerous withdrawal symptoms related to a hyperactive nervous system, including seizures, tachycardia, and high blood pressure.
After drug and alcohol treatment, an individualized aftercare plan is put into place to help prevent relapse. The relapse prevention program will include ongoing therapy and counseling, addiction and recovery support groups, peer support groups, and regular meetings with a case manager who will assess changing needs and offer resources for emerging needs.
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