Klonopin (clonazepam) is a powerful benzodiazepine prescribed primarily for panic attacks and seizure disorders. Because of its anticonvulsant, sedative and muscle relaxing effects it is commonly used for detoxification from other hard drugs like heroin, oxycontin, cocaine and alcohol. As a benzodiazepine, Klonopin is in a family akin to Xanax (Alprazolam), Valium (Diazepam), Ativan (Lorazepam), Librium and Halcion which are all very well known in most households around our country. Unfortunately, as well known these names are, rarely are they regarded as dangerous as they can be. Instead they are known as miracle pills or something to take the edge off.
Sadly, as many of us know, it’s no mystery how prescription medications have been abused in our country. On the same street corners that one will find heroin and crack sold, they will usually find Klonopin, Xanax or Valium from anywhere between $3-$5 each. Methadone patients are commonly prescribed Klonopin for “anxiety” which results in a dual addiction. Doctors abundantly, carelessly and often maliciously prescribe it for the same reason to their patients for years. Years! The maximum time frame suggested to take Klonopin is around 2 months because of it’s strength and addictive tendencies. So many people are taking it with no end in sight. It’s really not fair.
The dependency one builds to the drug is unimaginable. Until someone experiences the addiction, it’s hard to understand why someone would continue to take such an overpowering drug repeatedly and excessively. Klonopin abusers do just that, they abuse their prescriptions. A tolerance is built and a person desires the same effect they originally experienced from the drug and thusly they have to take more to appease the appetite.
Klonopin addiction like any other addiction but it is so often justified by those surrounding a Klonopin abuser that addiction is something different and much worse. Addiction is usually associated with a needle in the arm or living on the streets, dirty and with nothing to live for. The real fact is that addiction is in many more nice homes and solid middle class families. Addiction is not prejudiced to any economic strata, race, color, age or gender. It’s in every state of this country not to mention internationally. Pharmaceuticals are big time, controlled by big people with big pockets and worst of all, the business of prescription pills is undoubtedly controlled with greed, power and money. Make no mistake, these prescriptions are part of mankind’s demise and we need to get control of it. Right now it has a horrible grip on us as a society.
The more a person abuses Klonopin over time, it requires them to take more of it more frequently than prescribed to handle the need to find that comfort zone previously achieved with a normal dose. Withdrawal starts to occur sooner than expected because the body has adjusted to its affects and requires more to satisfy the person. The fear of withdrawing is what makes most anyone reach for the bottle more and more with urgency. Very soon a person realizes they are trapped and it is a scary feeling. A lot of people have never abused drugs in their lives before but find themselves in this trap and slowly but surely fall into addictive behaviors much like those in any other addict.
With most Klonopin based interventions we prepare the families for all possibilities and all precautionary measures to take to make sure we have a safe experience with the addict. Due to the risks involved of going through withdrawal during the intervention and also the trip to treatment, everyone is made aware of how to handle any situation if it occurs to keep their loved one safe throughout the process. All in all, we rarely have too many difficulties getting Klonopin abusers to treatment and if we do run into road blocks, everyone involved in the process is by then fully capable of handling them with the interventionist. We want families and friends to be fully involved in the intervention for many reasons but mostly we want you to have the experience of ending the addiction on your terms once and for all. The road ahead will have bumps but never the tumultuous path you’ve already traveled. A new day will arise and treatment will have started for your loved one. There is always hope. Klonopin abuse can make hope seem very unlikely but an intervention will certainly show you how to live without addiction. Call us for a confidential assessment and find out what can be done to save someone you love.
Klonopin is also known as Benzos, Tranks, Downers, Super Valium, Pin, KPin, K.