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Klonopin Abuse Treatment: What You Need to Know

If a doctor prescribes you a medication, does that make it safe? Many people believe that it is. This is a common misconception: Klonopin is one of the most prescribed drugs used to treat the symptoms of anxiety, seizures or panic attacks. Klonopin is the brand name for the pill known as clonazepam, which was originally brought to market in 1975 as a medication specifically for epileptic seizures.

Klonopin is being called America’s most dangerous pill by many news outlets. In 2006, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration published data showing that prescription drugs that year were the number two reason for ER admissions to hospitals for drug abuse, slightly behind illicit substances like heroin and cocaine. But a survey released by the agency in 2011 claims that benzodiazepines, opioids and other prescriptions meds are now responsible for the majority of drug-related hospital visits.

Known as “kpins” on the street, it works by directly calming your nerves and brain. Due to the sedative effects of the drug it is easy to become dependent. This is common for abusers of benzodiazepines. According to SAMHSA, Klonopin is the third-highest abused prescription tranquilizer.

Klonopin is highly addictive and dangerous. It is important for you or your loved one to know the signs of Klonopin addiction, especially if this medication has been prescribed to you by your doctor. Willow Springs specializes in prescription medication addiction, and we can help you turn your life around with Klonopin abuse treatment programs designed just for you.


Klonopin Abuse & Addiction

Research shows that Klonopin takes longer to metabolize and passes through your system more slowly than other benzodiazepines. It does not need to be taken as often, but people who are addicted to the high keep increasing their dosage. The addictive effects of the drug happen quickly and have the potential to cause real damage to your system. The drug’s label clearly specifies that it is recommended only for short-term use, but once addicted, it’s hard to stop.

Drug abuse can be defined in many ways. But it is generally characterized by a destructive pattern of abusing a substance. Many addicts become addicted to the way a drug makes them feel. If you or your loved one is taking higher doses of Klonopin than recommended, or you find yourself making frequent trips to the doctor’s office to refill a prescription, you should probably seek help for a prescription drug addiction.

Signs and Symptoms of Klonopin Abuse

Klonopin is a benzodiazepine similar to Xanax. Benzodiazepine abuse comes with warning signs. Denial is a big part of addiction, but the following symptoms are hard to ignore.

  • Confusion
  • Weak breathing
  • Involuntary eye movements
  • Painful or difficult urination
  • Pale skin
  • Drowsiness and fatigue
  • Blurred vision
  • Loss of appetite

If you take Klonopin for a long period of time, you are at risk for other serious and more long-term side effects including:

  • Thoughts of self-harm
  • Mood or behavior changes
  • Coordination problems
  • Memory and thinking problems
  • Changes in your sex drive

It is also very important to know and recognize the overdose symptoms of Klonopin, such as blackouts. If you or your loved one experience the following overdose symptoms, call 911 immediately.

  • Drowsiness
  • Severe confusion
  • Blurry vision
  • Slurred speech
  • Slow breathing
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Coma

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Klonopin Detox and Withdrawal

The withdrawal symptoms for every user of Klonopin will be different. It depends on several factors, including how long you took the drug and how much you took. For example, someone who has been abusing Klonopin for years will likely take longer to withdraw than someone only taking it for a few weeks. Benzodiazepine withdrawal typically involves three stages: early withdrawal, acute withdrawal and post-acute withdrawal. Detoxing from Klonopin should be under medical supervision, as it is one of the few substances you can die from during withdrawal.

The following are common Klonopin withdrawal symptoms:

  • Seizures
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Uncontrollable shaking
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Muscle Aches
  • Fatigue
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Cravings

If you know you need to detox from Klonopin, do not panic. Klonopin abuse treatment at Willow Springs can be managed safely and comfortably with help from a highly-trained medical staff who will do everything in their power to make this process go smoothly.

Celebrity Stevie Nicks Describes Her Klonopin Addiction

Did you know that Stevie Nicks, the former lead singer of Fleetwood Mac, was a Klonopin addict? At the Betty Ford Clinic in 1986, Nicks recovered from a cocaineaddiction. To stay off of it, a psychiatrist prescribed a series of benzodiazepines – first Valium, then Xanax, and finally Klonopin – supposedly to support her sobriety.

“[Klonopin] turned me into a zombie,” Nicks told US Weekly in 2001. “It was not my drug of choice,” she said. “I’m not a downer person. I was looking for things that made me want to clean the house and shop, write songs and stay up for four days. I was sad and I was sick. I didn’t really understand right up until the end that it was the Klonopin that was making me crazy. I really didn’t realize it was that drug because I was taking it from a doctor and it was prescribed. It just hit me really hard that that was the foundation for why I was completely falling apart.”

It took 47 days for the singer to detox from the prescription drug, “…and it was horrible,” she said. “My hair turned gray. My skin molted. I couldn’t sleep, I was in so much pain. Legs aching, muscle cramps…”

During a Fox News interview in 2011, when asked about her withdrawal experience, Nicks said it felt like “somebody opened up a door and pushed me into hell. Klonopin is more deadly than coke.”

In almost every interview, Nicks makes a point of mentioning the toll her abuse of the drug has taken on her life.

Helping a Friend or Family Member Face Their Klonopin Abuse

Thousands of people have suffered and recovered from Klonopin abuse. If you or someone you know is addicted to Klonopin, encourage them to seek help at Willow Springs. Their abuse of this drug is a life or death situation. As difficult as it might be to intervene, it is necessary. We can help with that process. Give us a call to discuss the best way to approach your friend or family member about their Klonopin addiction.