Klonopin is the trade name of clonazepam, a drug from the benzodiazepine family of drugs. It is manufactured by Roche Pharmaceuticals and prescribed for the treatment of anxiety. However, many users become addicts because they begin using the drug in higher doses or taking this medication recreationally. If you or someone you know is struggling with an addiction to clonazepam, call Drug Treatment Centers Kissimmee at (321) 697-7113.
Benzodiazepines are semi-synthesized drugs that are based on the natural products of the opium poppy. As such, they are categorized as opioid, or narcotic, drugs. While they are very beneficial in many medical treatments, Klonopin and other similar drugs have the distinct disadvantage that they can be highly addictive.
This addictiveness is due to the narcotic nature of the benzodiazepines. They affect the pleasure centers in the brain, causing feelings of euphoria and well-being. It is natural for the body to want to repeat that experience. One problem is that the body quickly becomes tolerant to the drug. A person needs to increase the dose to get the same level of satisfaction. The result eventually will be dependency on the drug.
Klonopin is only available legally on prescription, but many people who are prescribed the drug exaggerate their requirements, and get more than they need. They sell the excess on the street. Some of the street names used for this drug include K-pins, benzos, tranks, and other names.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reports that hospital admissions related to benzodiazepines increased by one-third (33%) in the decade between 1998 and 2008. In the same period, other admissions increased by just 11%. Clearly, abuse in on the increase. Addiction is an automatic result of abuse in most cases.
People who take too much Klonopin can suffer serious memory loss or ataxia. The drug can induce muscle weakness, dizziness, loss of coordination or balance, sore gums and slurred speech.
In common with other benzodiazepines, clonazepam can have an effect on long-term health. Primarily, addicts are unable to function normally, and their focus is on getting high. They neglect other things, including personal health. They will tend to have poor diets and poor hygiene. That can contribute to skin diseases, dental disorders and parasite-related health issues.
Clonazepam can also be a life-threatening drug when it is abused. As a benzodiazepine, it depresses central nervous system functions. When used in combination with alcohol, which is also a depressant, the result can be asphyxiation.
Both drugs are anti-anxiety preparations. The primary difference is that Klonopin has a longer half-life. In layman’s terms, its effects last longer.
Clonazepam withdrawal can be severe, and should not be attempted without medical supervision. Professional rehab centers provide detox services where patients are carefully monitored throughout the withdrawal process. Medical staff are on hand to intervene when necessary. Patients are then given therapy to help them stay free of benzodiazepine.