Klonopin and Klonopin Abuse
Almost every person at one time or another has wished that they could not feel the stress of life, even if it's just for a little while, to escape the pressures that come with daily life. Some use healthy coping methods. Others turn to not-so-healthy options, including recreational substances such as Klonopin. These drugs alter the brain chemicals that promote sleep and make you feel calm and peaceful.
Often enough, if you have taken Klonopin after being prescribed by the doctor, you can quickly progress to problematic drug use because it tends to cause tolerance and dependence. It falls under a group of drugs classified as benzodiazepines - a class of drugs that are highly addictive. In addition, the drug's nature to result in a euphoric high makes it abused by those without genuine medical need. If you use Klonopin more times than prescribed or use it more frequently, you are abusing it.
What is Klonopin?
Klonopin is a prescription medicine used as an anti-anxiety and anti-convulsant drug. Doctors prescribe Klonopin to control seizures, reduce muscle pains, and curb anxiety from panic attacks. Your abuse of Klonopin starts innocently when the medication is prescribed for stress and when you suffer from anxiety caused by panic attacks or seizures. The nature of the drug to induce dependency makes you continue to use it despite only being recommended for short-term treatment.
Since Klonopin is a prescription drug, recreational users often get Klonopin from friends, acquaintances, and relatives, even though diverting a prescription drug is against the law.
Signs and Symptoms of Klonopin Abuse
These signs and symptoms, which can be either long-term or immediate, will help you to know if you or a loved one has a problem with Klonopin abuse;
Some immediate effects include;
Clumsiness and lack of coordination.
Restlessness or/and agitation.
Hallucinations or paranoia.
Aggression and violent behaviors.
Profound sleepiness, sometimes throughout the day.
Stomach upset, nausea and vomiting.
Slow or delayed reaction time.
The Long term effects include;
Cognitive problems, i.e., can impair the brain's ability to learn new information.
Increased risk of falls, hip fractures, and car crashes is due to poor coordination.
With time, your tolerance level for Klonopin picks up, and you need a higher dosage to get the same effect; this increases the risk of addiction. At this point, you need to seek professional help. Prolonged use leads you to develop dependence, meaning your brain gets used to an external substance, which is unhealthy.
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Once you or a family member realizes that you have become dependent on Klonopin, you may feel compelled to stop using it due to pressure from your family or friends. Withdrawal risks from Klonopin can be severe, like anxiety, and can lead to death if not handled carefully. If you have stopped using Klonopin, you might experience these signs and symptoms depending on the severity of the addiction, amount of use, how long you have used Klonopin, concurrent use of other drugs, medical conditions, etc.;
High pulse rate
Nausea and vomiting
The Bottom Line
A medically monitored detox or rehab facility comes in handy to help you monitor and minimize complications from withdrawal. Seek help for supervised medical detoxification or a drug abuse rehabilitation center; these are the first steps towards helping you overcome the addiction and resume your everyday life.
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