Clonazepam Addiction

What is Clonazepam Addiction?

Clonazepam is part of a class of drugs known as benzodiazepines. These medications are prescribed to patients who suffer from panic attacks, anxiety and seizure disorders. Taken as prescribed, Clonazepam can be useful for the treatment of diagnosed conditions, but when the drug is abused, addiction and a subsequent need for treatment may occur.

Clonazepam is more commonly known by the brand name Klonopin. This drug is relatively safe for short-term prescribed use but may be habit-forming if taken for a prolonged period or if abused. Commonly prescribed to treat seizure disorders and sometimes prescribed for the treatment of anxiety, Clonazepam can help to control specific symptoms but will not cure or heal such symptoms.

Unfortunately, this medication is widely abused by individuals who have not been prescribed the drug as well as by those who have legitimate reasons to take the drug but fall victim to the euphoria that is felt with excessive use. Any use of this medication outside of the prescribed methods of a doctor can be considered abusive and may lead to addiction.

Risks of Clonazepam Addiction

Clonazepam is a highly potent benzodiazepine and central nervous system depressant which decreases abnormal activity within the brain. It has a half-life of 6 hours, and 0.5 mg of the medication is roughly equivalent to 20 mg of Valium.

Chronic misuse of Clonazepam can lead to addiction, which can easily lead to overdose, as the body will rapidly build up a tolerance to the drug’s psychoactive effects, like euphoria, while more slowly building up a tolerance to the physical effects, such as respiratory depression. In 2013, 31% of prescription drug overdoses in the United States were due to benzodiazepines like Clonazepam.

Side Effects of Clonazepam Addiction

 The following side effects will occur if you abuse Clonazepam:

Signs of Clonazepam Addiction

Early signs of addiction often look much like the signs of abuse. Telltale signs may include missing medication, doctor shopping to find new physicians to prescribe medication and otherwise telling lies about medication use.

You are likely suffering from Clonazepam addiction if:

Clonazepam misuse also includes taking the drug without a prescription. Signs your loved one may be misusing Clonazepam:

What to do if Someone You Love is Abusing Clonazepam?

Clonazepam carries a risk of overdose, therefore you should check in on anyone you love who is abusing this drug on a regular basis, to ensure they haven’t overdosed.

Signs of Clonazepam overdose include:

Doctor shopping is a common sign of Clonazepam addiction. As the medication is usually prescribed for the short-term control of conditions such as epilepsy and panic disorders, individuals are generally unable to support an addiction to the medicine through legitimate means after their original prescription runs out. To obtain more of the drug, individuals will visit multiple doctors, clinics, and pharmacies for new prescriptions.

If a loved one is suffering from Clonazepam addiction, try to talk to them about their options. Be open, listen, and avoid judgment. Getting them into a treatment facility is their best option for getting sober. It is best to talk to a doctor or treatment specialist who can help guide you through this process.

Treatment Options Available for Clonazepam Addiction

If you or a loved one are suffering from Clonazepam addiction, and are unable to stop despite health consequences, it is important to get into a treatment facility as soon as possible.

Treatment options for Clonazepam addiction include:

Clonazepam Detox

Inpatient Treatment

Outpatient Treatment

Cognitive Behavioral Therapies (CBT)