Is Klonopin an Addictive Medication?
Klonopin is the brand name of the prescription medication clonazepam, which is most commonly used to treat seizures and disorders that may cause seizures. Klonopin may also be used to treat severe anxiety-related disorders such as panic disorder. This prescription medication works by actively calming the central nervous system and relaxing the nerves, and because of the symptoms it treats and the way it interacts with the body and the brain it is classified as a benzodiazepine. All benzodiazepines (more commonly known as “benzos”) are addictive – however, Klonopin is among one of the most addictive benzos available. Because it has such a high propensity for abuse, it is rarely prescribed long-term. In most cases, those who have prescribed benzos for seizures or anxiety attacks will be advised to take the medication at the onset of an “episode” – meaning when a seizure is actively occurring or when a panic attack is beginning to occur.
Klonopin has an especially long half-life, meaning that it acts quickly and stays in the system for a prolonged period. Once the drug enters the bloodstream it will start initiating noticeable physical effects within an hour. Even if an individual suddenly stops taking Klonopin it is liable to stay in the system for up to three full days. Patients who suffer from addiction can even try to snort Klonopin in order for the feeling to be enhanced.
Is Klonopin Addictive?
Because Klonopin has such a high propensity for abuse it is often sold illicitly. There is a huge market for prescription medication because so many American adults have developed serious physical and psychological dependencies. One study suggests that rates of Klonopin abuse and addiction have increased over four times from 1999 to 2010. This is due – in large part – to the fact that the drug is so widely prescribed.
The majority of men and women who struggle with Klonopin addiction were initially prescribed the medication by a medical professional. In many cases, individuals will initially be prescribed less addictive medications and if they prove ineffective, they will be prescribed Klonopin in a last-ditch attempt to successfully alleviate symptoms of the disorder they are suffering from.
How addictive is Klonopin? In short – very addictive. Those who are prescribed the medication will never be prescribed for more than two weeks at a time. Not only are Benzodiazepines addictive, but they are responsible for hundreds of overdose-related deaths across the United States on an annual basis.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that there was a 17 percent increase in benzo-related overdose deaths from 1999 to 2006. If you or someone you love has been suffering from Klonopin abuse, seeking professional medical help will be necessary. Fortunately, at Evoke Wellness Miramar we are ready and willing to help in any and every way possible.
Evoke Florida and Klonopin Addiction
Those who have been suffering from an addiction to Klonopin or any other potent benzodiazepine will inevitably understand the hopelessness and devastation that go hand-in-hand with a compulsive and unmanageable addictive disorder. Perhaps you have tried to quit only to find yourself unable to do so for an extended period. Perhaps you have been through medical detox and inpatient rehab before, and you have experienced a relapse shortly after the initial recovery process has come to an end. Or perhaps you have been struggling with a mild or moderate Klonopin abuse disorder, and desperately want to quit for good before your substance abuse disorder gets out of hand. Regardless of your circumstances, we are here to help.
To learn more about Evoke Wellness Miramar and our program of Klonopin addiction recovery, simply give us a call today. Our team of experienced and compassionate professionals is standing by to help you in any and every way possible through our Klonopin detox protocol.