Klonopin (clonazepam) is a powerful sedative drug that has the ability to produce a sense of euphoria and calm. That pleasure comes with a price, however, as Klonopin can also produce serious physical problems when people attempt to curb or stop their abuse. The withdrawal process can be so dangerous, in fact, that people simply can’t go through it alone.
It’s common for people who have a history of taking Klonopin to experience physical discomfort while they’re trying to get sober. In fact, in a study in The Lancet, 27 to 45 percent of people who were attempting to stop using benzodiazepines developed withdrawal symptoms, even though they were provided with replacement medications. A little discomfort is often just part of the process.
In a formal treatment program, however, people can usually limit their symptoms to the realm of being uncomfortable. They might feel a little anxious and nervous, for example, and sleep might be hard to come by. They might also feel slightly jittery and restless.
Without help, these same people could experience much more serious symptoms, including:
In a study in the journal Seizure, researchers found that eight of 13 people attempting to withdraw from clonazepam had seizures during the process. All of these people managed to survive their seizures, however, and they did eventually get sober. At home, however, they may not have had access to rapid medical help and monitoring, and they might have lost their lives in the process.
The best way for anyone to recover from a Klonopin addiction involves enrolling in a professional treatment program. There’s no need to get sober before this enrollment. In fact, that’s not preferable. Instead, people should enter the program with the drug still active inside their bodies. Then, medical experts can design a tapering program that can deliver sobriety. Each week, the dose of drugs the person has been taking might grow smaller and smaller, until the person is finally taking no drugs at all.
The speed at which this tapering process takes place is deeply dependent on the amount of Klonopin the person has been taking. Someone who has an extensive abuse history might be accustomed to taking large doses of Klonopin on a daily basis and might have extensive damage to recover from. A person like this might need two or even three months in order to withdraw completely. On the other hand, someone new to Klonopin might only need a few weeks to walk through the same process. Entering treatment without preconceived notions about the timeframe can help to ensure that no rushing takes place.
It’s reasonable for people to be worried when they enter a detox program for Klonopin. It’s important to remember that the medical professionals who run these programs have the expertise required to ensure that things run smoothly. With this kind of help, there’s no need to be afraid.
If you’d like to get started on a healthy Klonopin withdrawal process, please call us. We can schedule an intake appointment over the phone.