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Klonopin (Clonazepam) Addiction Treatment Options

Enterhealth provides a combination of mental health therapies and pharmacological addiction treatment that can help those with Klonopin addiction regain a stable and productive life. Research shows that integrating both types of treatment is the most effective approach to restoring a degree of normal function to the brain and addressing underlying issues.

Klonopin Detox & Withdrawal Process

The first step in recovery from Klonopin addiction is to detoxify your body so that the drug is completely out of your system. Enterhealth provides supervised detox (also known as withdrawal stabilization) services for addiction treatment; a science-driven medication therapy with medical staff available 24 hours a day.

Withdrawal and detox is a crucial step to recovery due to the body’s dependency on the drug, and stopping abruptly can be life-threatening because of the potential for both seizures and delirium tremens. It is important to understand that the withdrawal stabilization phase of treatment is not considered treatment. Klonopin detox is dangerous and should always be done at an experienced inpatient addiction treatment facility.

Effective behavioral treatments for Klonopin addiction can be administered in an inpatient (residential) drug treatment or in an outpatient setting after withdrawal stabilization depending on a host of factors for each patient’s life circumstances.

Example of a Klonopin Detox & Withdrawal Treatment Plan

  • Intensive individual counseling
  • Group therapy
  • Individual and group family therapy sessions
  • Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP)
  • Wellness, nutritional and stress management treatment services

After the withdrawal symptoms are stabilized and detox is complete (usually between 10-21 days for benzodiazepines), Enterhealth offers a full continuum of care including residential and outpatient treatment options, both integrated together for the patient’s individual situation.

Klonopin addiction treatment, however, goes beyond drug detox and treatment. Through therapy and psychiatric oversight, the psychological aspects of dependency can be better understood by the patient and addiction can be completely overcome. Counseling may be individual or group-oriented, and may also include the family. Long-term continuing care programs are also available, as they are essential to provide counseling and continued support over a number of years.

Klonopin Addiction Recovery Programs

Anyone can become addicted to Klonopin. Enterhealth can help you or a loved one begin recovery at our 43-acre residential Klonopin addiction treatment center, the Enterhealth Ranch, located just north of Dallas-Fort Worth in Texas, or in our outpatient drug addiction treatment center located in Dallas, Texas.

At Enterhealth, our goal is to treat the whole person over the course of their lifetime. We offer a better chance to recover through our advanced, science-based treatment approach, which is designed and administered by board-certified addiction psychiatrists, physicians, and other experts. Enterhealth’s substance abuse and addiction programs are proven to be more effective than traditional twelve-step approaches.



What Is Klonopin?

Klonopin is prescribed for the management of anxiety and panic disorders, or for short-term relief from anxiety. It is also prescribed to treat epileptic seizures. Its generic name is clonazepam, which is a type of sedative medication called a benzodiazepine.

Other benzodiazepines have similar qualities, which can quiet episodes of anxiety or sedate the patient. Misuse of Klonopin and other prescription sedatives can result in physical dependency, abuse, and addiction. If you or someone you know has an addiction to Klonopin, please contact us today.

Klonopin can be habit-forming, which has led to its controversial role in nationwide prescription drug abuse and addictions. Klonopin is prescribed to patients for short-term anxiety relief and is not meant for chronic use. Reaching for Klonopin every time you experience high stress, instead of keeping to your physician’s instructions, can lead to addiction.

There are legitimate reasons to treat panic disorder with clonazepam, but using Klonopin as a coping mechanism for chronic stress creates a dangerous relationship that can have severe health consequences. Klonopin’s ability to produce euphoria at certain doses has led to it being sold on the street, under names such as K-Pin and Super Valium.

Klonopin Side Effects & Overdose Symptoms

Klonopin Common Side Effects

  • Drowsiness
  • Problems with walking and coordination
  • Problems with memory
  • Dizziness
  • Low blood pressure
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Suicidal thoughts or actions

Klonopin use crosses the line into abuse and addiction when it is misused. One of the most important aspects of this prescription is its purpose for treating anxiety for a short, defined period. Clinical studies have not assessed the effectiveness of Klonopin past 9 weeks of use. If you feel you must continue your Klonopin prescription past your prescribed treatment length, it is important to talk to your doctor about what to do, instead of self-medicating beyond this treatment window.

Klonopin Overdose Symptoms

There are serious risks to Klonopin misuse. Taking an excessive Klonopin dose, or mixing it with other sedatives such as alcohol, can result in a life-threatening overdose.

  • Drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Diminished reflexes
  • Extremely low blood pressure
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Coma
  • Death

Stopping Klonopin suddenly can cause seizures. These symptoms can be deadly if not treated immediately. The path to serious abuse of Klonopin can begin when the desired effect is the high produced by the drug instead of pain relief. People seeking a Klonopin high may snort or inject the tablet’s contents for more immediate effects. Any of these methods can result in Klonopin overdose, especially when the prescription was filled for a different person with different medical needs.

Klonopin Addiction Signs & Symptoms

Any use of Klonopin outside of a doctor’s instructions is considered drug abuse. This includes tampering with Klonopin pills by chewing, crushing, cutting, or dissolving them in order to ingest, snort, or inject a higher dose than prescribed.

Even if the Klonopin pills are not tampered with, taking more pills than prescribed is also considered abuse of the drug. Klonopin addiction signs include:

  • Taking more than the prescribed dosage
  • “Doctor shopping” for multiple prescriptions
  • Tampering with Klonopin before taking it
  • Mixing Klonopin with other sedative drugs or alcohol

Klonopin Withdrawal Symptoms

Klonopin Common Withdrawal Symptoms

  • Tremor
  • Abdominal and muscle cramps
  • Vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Extreme anxiety
  • Tension
  • Restlessness
  • Confusion
  • Irritability

These problems vary in severity and duration depending on the specific Klonopin dose taken and duration of use. Physical dependency or experiencing withdrawal symptoms does not mean that you are addicted to Klonopin. Addiction also includes a loss of control, cravings, and increased tolerance for the drug.

With mild Klonopin withdrawal, you typically only see restlessness, anxiety, shakiness, and intermittent weakness–but these can often be accompanied by dizziness upon standing, nausea, cramps, and vomiting. These symptoms may be similar to the anxiety symptoms for which the benzodiazepine medication was initially prescribed. Oftentimes, the return of significant anxiety during the withdrawal phase causes sedative addicts to relapse early in the process.

Severe Klonopin Withdrawal Symptoms

  • Derealization (mental disturbance)
  • Depersonalization
  • Delirium tremens
  • Sensitivity to sound, light, and physical contact
  • Numbness and tingling of extremities
  • Hallucinations
  • Epileptic seizures

Because of this sedative’s toxicity to many areas of the brain, sedative abusers also seem to have significant problems with insomnia, especially early in sobriety. Fortunately, there are non-addicting medications that can treat anxiety or insomnia once the withdrawal stabilization process is complete. These include anti-seizure/anti-epileptic medicines, atypical antipsychotics, antihistamines, and antidepressants.

There are no medications approved by the FDA specifically to treat Klonopin addiction. However, certain medicines can be used to help sedative abusers with the significant anxiety with which they often struggle after they have gone through withdrawal. It is critical to help the recovering addict effectively deal with this anxiety, as many sedative abusers began using these sedative drugs to relieve an anxiety disorder. Once they are removed safely in the detoxification phase of treatment, the patient’s original anxiety returns full-blown—and possibly stronger than ever—but they can no longer turn to the medicines they abused for help.


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