Klonopin (a name-brand of the generic drug Clonazepam) is a prescription drug that falls within the category of sedatives or CNS (central nervous system) depressants. This means that the general, overall purpose of the drug is to suppress or slow down the operations of the nervous system and brain. The slowing of the internal nervous system operations makes a person feel calm and relaxed in the process, and may even cause the person to feel a sense of euphoria.
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Clonazepam is addictive due to the effects that it has on the brain and central nervous system as well as the nature of the drug. First, Clonazepam has a long-lasting effect on the mind and body. Secondly, a person builds up a tolerance to this drug quickly and easily. Aside from this, Clonazepam has chemicals in it that the brain would normally create on its own.
However, when a person is using and abusing the drug, the brain stops producing those chemicals as it does not need to do so when receiving them from the Clonazepam. When the brain adjusts the way that it operates in response to Clonazepam use, a person has developed a chemical dependence or physical addiction to the drug. This can happen very quickly with built-up tolerance and frequent abuse.
In most cases, Clonazepam is prescribed by physicians to treat panic disorders, anxiety, or even epilepsy (a seizure disorder). Additionally, Clonazepam is most noted as a treatment for bipolar disorder, restless leg syndrome, schizophrenia, and dysarthria.
Clonazepam is not the only CNS depressant or sedative that is prescribed for similar disorders. Some of the prescription drugs that are similar to Clonazepam include:
When a person develops an addiction to Clonazepam, they begin to experience certain changes or symptoms of addiction. These include:
Following the development of an addiction, if a person is unable to obtain more of the drug or they attempt to quit using the drug, they will experience symptoms of withdrawal as their body reacts to the lack of the chemicals it has come to rely on from the Clonazepam. Some of the withdrawal symptoms are:
When a person is addicted to Clonazepam, the first step in the addiction treatment process is to go through detox. Medical detox is always the best method to overcome an addiction to Clonazepam. Doctors will oversee the detox process, treating withdrawal symptoms as necessary to maintain health and comfort, and may even be able to help make the process gradual rather than sudden.
Following detox, a person will need to address the mental addiction they have to Clonazepam. This is accomplished through therapy in both individual and group sessions. These therapy sessions address a person's reasons for developing a Clonazepam abuse problem in the first place as well as the thoughts and behaviors that serve as triggers for addiction and substance abuse.
Therapy helps the recovering addict to come up with ways to cope with those triggers and temptations without abusing the drug again. Alternative therapy treatments are also available as needed, such as art therapy, music therapy, and restorative yoga as well as mental health treatments.
Clonazepam abuse and addiction are serious problems in the United States today. However, with proper understanding and knowledge, they are entirely treatable and can be overcome. Call Boston Drug Rehab Treatment Centers at 617-517-6448 for help finding addiction treatment centers and support options now.