Klonipin is a prescription sedative-hypnotic drug in the benzodiazepine family that's used to treat anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, and seizures. Known as K-pin on the street, Klonopin (and other benzodiazepines) increases the amount of the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid, or GABA, to slow down nerve transmissions and create a state of relaxation.
Klonopin is classified as a Schedule II drug, which means that it's considered dangerous and highly addictive but has medicinal value. Although it's prescribed under close medical supervision, addiction can result if it's not taken exactly as directed. Additionally, taking Klonopin with alcohol can result in serious side effects including coma and death.
The effects of Klonopin include feelings of intense wellbeing and euphoria, and it relieves the user of emotional pain. This can lead to psychological dependence very quickly, and often, it's only a matter of time before physical addiction sets in.
Some people may be more likely than others to become addicted to Klonopin and other drugs. Some of the theories behind reasons for this include:
• A genetic disposition: If a parent has addiction issues, children may also be more likely to become addicted to a substance or behavior.
• Brain chemistry: If someone's GABA receptors are sluggish, they may not have the ability to feel pleasure as intensely as others. Benzodiazepines can correct this, and users often want to continue the pleasure experience.
• Environmental factors: This includes seeing family members using drugs to cope with stress and negative emotions.
Prescription drug addiction has a few general telltale signs that other types of addictions don't. These include:
• Stealing or forging prescriptions
• Lying about misplacing prescriptions to get another written
• Getting prescriptions from more than one doctor
• A built-up tolerance that requires higher or more frequent doses to get the same effects.
• Using drugs to alleviate or prevent withdrawal symptoms.
• Losing control over the use of the drug and feeling helpless to stop, even though numerous attempts may be made to do so.
• Continuing to use the drug even though it's causing major problems, including financial troubles, legal binds, and family dysfunction.
• Abandoning activities once enjoyed, such as sports or hobbies.
• Spending a great deal of time, energy, and money seeking the drug.
• Changes in mood: irritability, depression, euphoria, anxiety, or panic attacks.
• Changes in behavior: increased agitation, changing sleep patterns, withdrawal from friends and family, lack of motivation, and general restlessness.
• Telltale physical signs: seizures, difficulty breathing, impaired coordination and balance, and rashes.
• Telltale physical symptoms: tachycardia, numb extremities, tension in the muscles, sweating, dizziness, tingling, nausea, sensitivity to light and sound, and a decreased sex drive.
• Psychological problems: psychosis, auditory hallucinations, personality changes, problems thinking, memory problems, and suicidal thoughts.
The treatment process for Klonopin addiction starts with detox. Because stopping benzodiazepines suddenly can be dangerous, the patient will be weaned from the drug over the course of a few weeks.
The treatment phase includes group, individual, and family counseling, cognitive-behavioral therapy to change destructive patterns of thinking and behaving, and the evaluation and treatment of any underlying or co-existing mental or physical health problems. Treatment may last anywhere from a few weeks to several months, and in some cases, it can take up to a year to effectively treat the issues behind the addiction.
The last phase of treatment is the aftercare program, which helps prevent a Klonopin addiction relapse. Aftercare will consist of ongoing therapy, a commitment to peer support groups, continued monitoring of underlying conditions, and additional programs as needed, which may include a sober living facility or vocational rehabilitation.
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