Klonopin (Clonazepam) addiction
Klonopin is one of the most commonly prescribed medications in the UK and despite its medical uses, it can be a powerful and sometimes dangerous drug with a strong potential for addiction and abuse. If you think you or a loved one has developed a Klonopin addiction, it can be tempting to downplay the problem. Some people feel ashamed about their addiction or are too scared of what recovery will entail. However, it’s important to remember that Klonopin addiction is not your fault, and while recovery isn’t easy, it can be the best decision you ever make.
What is Klonopin?
Klonopin is the brand name for the drug clonazepam, a central nervous system (CNS) depressant in the benzodiazepine class of drugs. Klonopin and other benzos work by slowing down activity in the brain and CNS, helping many different bodily functions to relax. Doctors prescribe Klonopin to manage seizures or fits, involuntary muscle spasms and panic disorder.
Klonopin works by enhancing the action of a neurotransmitter (chemical messenger) called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which slows down communication in the brain and produces a calming effect throughout the body.
What is Klonopin addiction?
Klonopin addiction is a form of benzodiazepine addiction when you compulsively seek and use Klonopin, despite any negative consequences. It is characterised by physical changes in the brain that make it very hard to quit or control Klonopin use without effective support. These changes can be long-lasting or even permanent, causing you to experience strong cravings to use Klonopin even after long periods of abstinence.
While these facts may seem scary, there is a way out. With professional, long-term treatment, anyone can overcome addictive behaviour and achieve lasting recovery. It’s important to remember that Klonopin addiction is a medical condition requiring compassion and care and no one should be ashamed to ask for help.
Why does Klonopin addiction develop?
For most people, Klonopin addiction isn’t about the drug itself but is a consequence of other underlying issues, such as mental health disorders or past traumas. For example, some people may turn to Klonopin to deal with anxiety, depression, or other forms of emotional distress.
The key to overcoming Klonopin addiction is to identify your own underlying issues and the root causes of your behaviours. During addiction recovery programmes, professional psychologists and psychiatrists will guide you through this process, sensitively and safely helping you to explore your inner self and work through past and present pains to achieve lasting change.
Recognising Klonopin addiction
The first step to recovering from Klonopin addiction is recognising that there is a problem. This can be easier said than done as sometimes the signs of Klonopin addiction aren’t what you would expect or may be hidden and hard to spot.
This is why it can help to know the signs of Klonopin addiction so you can notice them more easily in yourself and a loved one. You can also look out for these signs if you’re concerned for a family member or another loved one.
Some of the signs and symptoms of Klonopin addiction include:
- Finding yourself thinking a lot about Klonopin and being preoccupied with acquiring and using the substance
- Neglecting home or responsibilities due to Klonopin use
- Losing interest in previously enjoyed activities
- Trying to stop or reduce Klonopin use but being unable to
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms if you stop using Klonopin
- Social isolation
- Lying or secretive behaviour
- Strained relationships
- Financial concerns due to money spent on Klonopin
Remember, though, this list is not exhaustive, and Klonopin addiction can manifest in unexpected or unclear ways so if you are worried about yourself or a loved one, seek professional help.
What is Klonopin dependence?
If you repeatedly use Klonopin, you may be at risk of developing physical dependence. Dependence is when your body adjusts to Klonopin’s presence and adapts its functions and chemical balances in response.
Physical dependence can develop very quickly for Klonopin and can happen even when you follow a prescription exactly. However, the chances increase dramatically when you misuse Klonopin by taking it in higher doses or for longer than a prescription may recommend.
Research suggests that dependence on benzos like Klonopin can develop in as little as three weeks which is why many scientists recommend that prescriptions are limited to 1-2 weeks.
Effective help for Klonopin addiction
Klonopin rehab treatment aims to address the underlying causes of addiction, laying the foundations for meaningful, long-term change. This involves Klonopin detox to help break dependence and then a range of different evidence-based therapies. These will help you to develop new coping skills and strategies and set you up for long-term recovery.
Reclaim your future at Linwood House
At Linwood House, we believe everyone deserves access to effective Klonopin addiction help and the chance to reclaim a sober life. We offer proven Klonopin recovery programmes with evidence-based treatment plans and round-the-clock support. At our facilities, you’ll find a recovery environment where you feel comfortable, safe, and ready to begin your recovery journey.
If you think you may be affected by Klonopin addiction or another drug or alcohol addiction, contact us today. We’re here to answer any questions you may have and find the best way forward for you.