Klonopin addiction may begin as a legitimate prescription for its anti-seizure or antianxiety properties. However, this often leads to a hard-to-beat prescription addiction in South Florida. At Serenity House Detox Florida, our patient counselors can help you work your way through the detox process and help you prepare for further recovery treatment. Learn more about the conditions treated by Klonopin and the signs of Klonopin use disorder by calling Serenity House Detox Florida at 866.294.5306.
Conditions Treated by Klonopin
If you have a social anxiety disorder or SAD, you may feel intense anxiety around most social situations. For example, you may begin to sweat or feel your heart racing if you think people will view you in a negative light. Klonopin is one of the medications prescribed to reduce excessive fear and help you relax in social situations.
Klonopin belongs to a class of drugs called benzodiazepines, and it reduces excessive brain electrical activity. After taking Klonopin as prescribed, many users experience quick relief, but some benefits don’t appear right away. Scientists haven’t pinpointed why Klonopin works so well in reducing anxiety. However, many believe that it does so by blocking gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) neurotransmitters.
Signs of Prescription Addiction
Like all benzodiazepines, Klonopin may leave you prone to dependence when misused. In fact, you can develop Klonopin addiction in just a few weeks without abusing it. The amount prescribed by your doctor helps you relax and reduce your stress and anxiety levels. Unfortunately, it’s also enough to reprogram your brain so that it can no longer induce feelings of calm or relaxation.
Signs of Klonopin addiction include the following:
- Cravings for the drug
- Continued use even after having negative outcomes
- Losing interest in social or professional obligations
- Develop financial issues due to your habit
Once you build a tolerance to the drug, you need larger doses than your regular prescription. So, you may begin to take more than prescribed. This can lead to seeking out prescriptions from other doctors to maintain your habit. Unfortunately, prolonged use of Klonopin can negatively impact anxiety disorder and seizure disorders.
Klonopin Effects on the Body
Klonopin can help those with epilepsy control their seizures, but it has a high potential to cause addiction when misused. For example, you get a short hazy feeling similar to intoxication when you first take the medication. Further, people who use Klonopin pills as a drug may crush it and snort the powder to intensify euphoria.
Signs of Klonopin abuse include the following:
- Impaired cognition
- Impaired judgment
- Slow reaction time
- Reduced sex drive
Unfortunately, many people with Klonopin use disorders mix it with other drugs and alcohol. This action can lead to an overdose and other disastrous results.
Klonopin Addiction Treatment in Florida
Perhaps you have developed a Klonopin addiction or combine it with other drugs to intensify the effects. Misusing this drug can lead to severe consequences, which sometimes include death. Unfortunately, when you take Klonopin with alcohol, it’s easy to underestimate how many sedatives are pumping into your body. However, alcohol mixed with Klonopin can slow down your central nervous system so far that you can no longer breathe.
If you need help overcoming your dependence on Klonopin, your therapist may recommend the following therapies:
If you originally received a Klonopin prescription due to anxiety disorder, you may need additional therapy to address this mental health issue. Ask about our dual diagnosis treatment program that addresses addiction and underlying mental health disorders.
Seek Support at Serenity House Detox Florida
Do you have a prescription drug addiction in South Florida? You can receive compassionate, knowledgeable medical care and therapy support as part of our prescription drug detox program. Contact our facility in West Palm Beach at 866.294.5306, or contact us online to learn more about our rehab services.