A study in the journal Drug Safety suggests that almost one-third of people who take benzodiazepines like Klonopin (clonazepam) for four weeks or longer develop symptoms of benzodiazepine dependence. Their bodies become accustomed to the constant presence of the drug, and without it, they feel ill. In order to heal, people must go through a formal detox process, in which the brain becomes accustomed to functioning without access to Klonopin.
Without access to the help of a treatment team, people who attempt to stop using Klonopin can experience a variety of uncomfortable symptoms, including:
- Inability to concentrate
- Muscle pain
A study in the journal Addiction suggests that these symptoms can last for about 10 to 14 days, although some people struggle with feelings of anxiety for much longer periods of time. In addition, some people can develop a much more serious form of withdrawal in which they experience seizures.
Chemical changes in the brain are responsible for these withdrawal symptoms, and they tend to be more pronounced in people who have long-term relationships with high levels of benzodiazepine drugs. These people have done extensive damage to their brain cells, and they have much more work to do in order to get better. If they attempt to take on the healing process on their own, they’ll likely deal with life-threatening complications.
Since withdrawing from Klonopin can lead to serious medical complications, most experts recommend that addicted people enter a formal treatment program in order to get assistance. Typically, detoxing from any benzodiazepine is a slow process, but getting help could mean the difference between dealing with a life-threatening complication and getting through the process successfully.
In a detox program, medical providers use tapering doses of benzodiazepines, giving smaller and smaller amounts of the drug over a period of several weeks until people have the ability to feel healthy without access to any drugs at all. The beginning of each taper period can be slightly uncomfortable, as the person’s brain has a small adjustment to make, but the medical professionals who run programs like this are careful to provide close monitoring, so the symptoms don’t progress to a degree that might result in the loss of life.
As detox progresses and people begin to feel a sense of control, they might also begin to enroll in therapy programs that can teach them the skills they’ll need in order to preserve their sobriety. These therapy programs typically last for months, with several more months of follow-up care required, but when the work is through, people have the ability to preserve the sobriety they fought for in detox.
If you’re ready to fight back against your addiction to Klonopin, we’d like to help. Please call us at Black Bear Lodge, and we’ll tell you more about the withdrawal process we use, with the help of consulting physicians, in order to help our patients heal from dangerous addictions to Klonopin. We can also tell you more about our therapy programs, including the innovative techniques we use in order to give our patients needed sobriety skills. Please call, and let’s start the conversation.