Klonopin, also known as clonazepam, is a medication that is classified as a benzodiazepine. It is a prescription medication that may be used to treat anxiety symptoms, seizure disorder and/or panic disorder.
While absolutely any user of Klonopin can become addicted to it, addiction is particularly common among those who use the drug for reduction of panic disorder or anxiety symptoms. These users often greatly enjoy the calming effects of Klonopin and may begin to use more than the recommended dosage.
At high dosages, Klonopin can have hypnotic effects, which many users also find pleasurable and which some users will come to crave, thus setting the stage for an addiction. Klonopin addiction can be deadly, so it is important for all those who use the drug to do so responsibly.
Furthermore, those who develop problems with their Klonopin usage should get help to treat the addiction as soon as possible. The sooner the addiction is treated, the less likely it is that serious negative consequences will occur. It should also be noted that many people abuse Klonopin without ever being prescribed the medication. Those who have not been prescribed Klonopin should never use the drug.
Many people use Klonopin without becoming addicted to it. If Klonopin must be used, it is imperative that the patient get his or her prescription only from a qualified doctor who can prescribe the correct amount and who can monitor and screen the patient for the signs of addiction and dependence throughout the time he or she is using the drug. Buying medications off the street or from pharmacies that provide medication without a prescription carries with it a high risk of addiction and presents many other dangers as well. Thus, these activities are not recommended. The chance of addiction can also be reduced by taking Klonopin exactly as described, including not mixing the medication with alcohol or certain other medications and never taking more than the recommended dosage.
Is It a Klonopin Addiction?
It can often be difficult to tell if a loved one is suffering from Klonopin addiction, especially if he or she has been prescribed the medication for legitimate purposes. However, there are some signs of Klonopin abuse and/or addiction to be mindful of. These can include:
- Marked drowsiness on a regular basis
- Sleep problems
- Decreased balance and coordination
- Complaints of vision changes
- Memory loss
- Changes in mood
- Mental confusion
The Dangers of Klonopin Addiction
A Klonopin addiction can seriously and negatively impact a person’s quality of life. Furthermore, many dangerous complications are possible when a person is abusing Klonopin. In addition to the dangerous potential threats of overdose and subsequent death, other risks are:
- Serious problems with memory
- Impaired brain functioning
- Coma (when combined with alcohol)
If you believe that someone you know is abusing Klonopin – and any use of the drug if it is not prescribed constitutes abuse – it is important to seek help for him or her as soon as possible. Here at Futures, we provide in-depth addiction treatment services and a comprehensive program that addresses underlying issues and co-occurring mental health symptoms as well.
To learn more about our wide range of resources and our diagnostic, evaluation and treatment options, contact us here at Futures of Palm Beach, today.