As a habit-forming benzodiazepine, Klonopin can lead to addiction in a matter of weeks. Some people only need to take the amount their doctor prescribes to develop a Klonopin addiction. This medication blocks receptors in the brain that causes stress and agitation.
Quitting and functioning normally is impossible for people who have developed an addiction. Once this happens, the brain can no longer produce feelings of calmness and relaxation without it.
Signs of a Klonopin Addiction
Symptoms can vary, but a person has an addiction to Klonopin if he or she exhibits signs such as:
- Persistent cravings for the drug
- Desiring to quit, but unable to do so
- Continuing use despite experiencing negative consequences
- Experiencing financial and/or legal problems
- Losing interests in personal, social or professional obligations
Addiction to this drug usually starts when a person builds up a tolerance. He or she will need larger doses before Klonopin has the same effects as smaller doses. The result is that the individual no longer uses the drug as he or she is supposed to. Instead, he or she will take more just to get high.
Benefits of Klonopin for Treating Anxiety
When individuals use Klonopin as a medical professional prescribes, it provides many benefits for those with anxiety disorders. This medication can treat tiredness, body tension, feelings of restlessness and irritability. A person who finds it difficult to concentrate or has panic attacks may also benefit from taking prescription Klonopin.
These unpleasant symptoms make it easy to understand why people want to feel better from taking Klonopin. However, the danger comes when they begin to develop a dependence and abuse the drug beyond its original use.
Not everyone who takes Klonopin as a prescription for anxiety will develop an addiction. Chances of addiction are relatively small for those who take it as their doctor prescribes and carefully follows dosing instructions.
Cycle of Klonopin Addiction
Despite its effectiveness in treating anxiety, doctors and their patients should remain cautious about the addictive nature of Klonopin. Once a dependence forms, it becomes very difficult to stop using.
Heavy users often have severe and extremely uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms when they try to stop. These may include heart palpitations, dehydration, memory loss, body swelling and more.
The cycle of a Klonopin addiction is also disheartening. A doctor prescribes the medication for a person with an anxiety disorder. Yet, the individual may experience anxiety as his or her body begins withdrawing from the medication. This means that the feeling he or she is trying to escape from is present, which results in taking more of the drug to stop the symptoms.
Some people may also experience anxiety at the mere thought of having withdrawal symptoms if they stop taking Klonopin. They may begin taking higher doses to avoid withdrawal. This only exacerbates a vicious cycle until they reach out for help from a licensed treatment center.
Fortunately, there is hope for a person to get away from the cycle of drug abuse. When addiction is present, the doctor can prescribe a safe alternative in non-habit-forming medicines and/or therapy.
Treating Underlying Issues Related to Klonopin Addiction
Co-occurring disorders, such as anxiety and a Klonopin addiction, can be very scary for a person. That is why getting treatment that addresses both simultaneously improves a person’s chance of recovering. He or she can move away from the cycle of drug dependence that comes with seeking relief from anxiety problems.
In Portland, Oregon, Crestview Recovery offers drug treatment programs to address common and not-so-common issues. We use evidence-based techniques to treat a variety of addictions.
Not only do we have qualified counselors and therapists to address dual diagnoses, but we also have various activities and therapies. Some of what we offer includes: