Anxiety disorders are at an all-time high, with people reporting that no matter what they try on their own, they’re still struggling with high amounts of anxiety. Some are diagnosed with clinical anxiety disorders and others teeter on the diagnosis fence, but all of them are suffering in one way or another from the anxiety they experience. Therefore, oftentimes, the need to reach out for professional help in the form of a physician or psychiatrist is necessary.
Klonopin, or clonazepam, is a prescription benzodiazepine drug that is prescribed by doctors mainly for patients that are suffering from anxiety and/or panic disorders.
It has also been known to help those who suffer from seizures. Though it has helped many people struggling with such disorders, it is also quite addictive.
While some physicians alert their patients to the addictive qualities, some do not. One may start off taking the medication with no intention of becoming addicted, but then when it is time to come off the pills, they have to face some pretty tough withdrawal symptoms.
Though Klonopin can help decrease anxiety, it has its downsides as well. If you’ve been prescribed Klonopin, know that you may experience some side effects, such as fatigue, dizziness, confusion, difficulty remembering certain things, muscle aches, and lack of libido. Other symptoms are more severe, but less common, including inflammation of the face and throat, hives, and breathing difficulties. Not everyone experiences these side effects, however.
Should you become addicted to Klonopin and want to stop taking the prescription drug, understand that there will be some withdrawal symptoms that you will face. In fact, many people stay on the drug just so that they don’t have to experience any withdrawal symptoms.
This is exactly why you want to consider undergoing drug detox or entering a drug rehab center so that you are surrounded by professionals who can assist you with getting through them with minimal pain and/or complications. They can also administer an IV-based medication that will help curb your withdrawal symptoms some and make you feel more comfortable.
Not everyone goes through the withdrawal process in the same timeframe. In addition, what one experiences in terms of withdrawal symptoms may not be what another one experiences. There are common symptoms, but for the most part, the withdrawal experience will vary depending on the following factors:
The general Klonopin withdrawal timeframe is as follows:
Klonopin withdrawal symptoms can begin as soon as one day after the last dose. Common symptoms in this phase are sleeping difficulty, mood swings, and increased anxiety.
Acute withdrawal occurs in the second phase with symptoms usually peaking in this time frame. For those who have been on Klonopin a long time or those where the dosage is quite high, the intensity of withdrawal symptoms may be stronger. A wide range of symptoms may be experienced, including headaches, fatigue, mood swings, increased anxiety, insomnia, and confusion.
The most severe symptoms, especially for those who try to quit cold turkey, include hallucinations and seizures. By the end of two weeks, symptoms should be decreasing in intensity and some may be gone entirely.
The third phase is the last phase of Klonopin withdrawal. Some people may not experience symptoms beyond two weeks. Those who do report lingering symptoms like anxiety, fatigue, trouble sleeping, and depression. Regardless of how long you’ve been on Klonopin or what your dosage is, know that there is hope in getting free from Klonopin addiction. The withdrawal timeline may seem daunting, but remember that those uncomfortable feelings are only temporary, and life can return back to normal where you’ll be able to feel good about not having to rely on Klonopin any longer.
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Quitting Klonopin, or any benzodiazepine, cold turkey, or abruptly, can be quite dangerous. Thus, medical detox is always recommended to taper off Klonopin over a period of time. Those who do try to stop using Klonopin at home cold turkey may experience severe, dangerous withdrawal symptoms like:
Always seek medical detox help when it comes to coming off Klonopin or any other benzodiazepine. There have been far too many deaths that occur by someone trying to come off Klonopin alone. What happens is that they encounter some intense withdrawal symptoms and then reach for another dose of Klonopin to give them some relief.
The problem with this is that because they’ve gone some time without the drug, their body has decreased its tolerance. When they take the dose they were previously taking, it can be too much for the body and send it into shock, which can result in overdosing.
One of the best ways to come off Klonopin is to attend either an inpatient or outpatient treatment center. One of the best things about using such programs or facilities is that they can monitor and help you get back on track without posing serious psychological or health problems.
For those who can leave their home for treatment, attending an inpatient treatment center is recommended. This tends to work well for those who are heavily addicted. For those who cannot reside at the treatment center, outpatient therapy is recommended.
This gives you the opportunity to attend a certain number of sessions per week for treatment, usually between three and seven. Over time, the number of sessions will decrease as the person recovers from addiction.
The combination of a medically supervised detox and therapy increase the likelihood of recovery success significantly. Regardless of what type of treatment center you attend, substance abuse professionals offer guidance and counseling to give you the necessary tools and resources to assist you in staying free from Klonopin addiction.
You’ll also learn alternative ways of coping with stress and anxiety in your life, which can help you from having to use benzodiazepines in the future.
If you or a loved one has an addiction to Klonopin, reach out for help today. The thought of having to contend with anxiety or the withdrawal symptoms may frighten you, but know that many people have gotten through this with flying colors. Getting off Klonopin is not as difficult as you might think, and you can live a life free from such an addiction.
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