Addiction to Klonopin
Klonopin is a potentially habit-forming benzodiazepine, which some people become addicted to it in as little as a few weeks. Many people have become addicted to Klonopin taking only the amount prescribed by their doctor. Once an individual is addicted to the drug, their brain can no longer produce feelings of relaxation or calmness without it.
Some signs that you may have a Klonopin addiction include:
- Persistent cravings for Klonopin.
- Continued Klonopin use despite negative consequences.
- Having a desire to quit but being unable to do so.
- Losing interest in social or professional obligations.
- Developing legal or financial issues.
“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.” – Stevie Nicks, SFGate, 2001.
Users with a tolerance will experience withdrawal symptoms if they stop taking Klonopin. Klonopin withdrawal symptoms range from intense anxiety to seizures. These symptoms can be deadly, making it dangerous for Klonopin users to discontinue use without medical supervision.
Understanding Klonopin (Clonazepam)
A fast-acting benzodiazepine, Klonopin is the brand name for Clonazepam. Klonopin slows down brain activity to help users feel relaxed. It was initially formulated to help people with epilepsy manage seizures. Later, the drug’s rapid and powerful calming effects were also recognized as a way to treat panic attacks.
Klonopin can be prescribed to ease anxiety and mental withdrawal symptoms from alcohol and other addictive substances. Doctors may also prescribe Klonopin for short-term insomnia.
The drug is swallowed as a blue tablet or taken as a quick-dissolve tablet placed on the tongue as often as three times a day. Slang terms for Klonopin include k-pins, tranks, downers or benzos.
Klonopin isn’t recommended for long-term use because of its addictive potential. The drug has a relatively long half-life, or length of time the drug is active in the body.
|How Long Do Benzos Stay in the Body?|
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|Time||10-20 hours||10-30 hours||19-60 hours|
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Klonopin Effects and Abuse
When higher than the prescribed dose is taken, Klonopin greatly depresses the central nervous system. This causes a short, euphoric high followed by a hazy, intoxicated stupor. Some people crush Klonopin tablets up into a fine powder and snort them to intensify the drug’s effects.
Signs of a Klonopin overdose include:
- Slurred speech
- Extreme drowsiness
- Unsteady walking
- Reduced attention span
- Memory impairment
- Lack of coordination