When it comes to addiction to Klonopin (clonazepam), knowledge is power. The more that families know about how the drug works, and the quicker they can identify ongoing abuse in someone they love, the more likely it will be that the addiction will be stopped before it progresses to a point of no return. Thankfully, Klonopin produces a series of physical symptoms, along with a variety of psychological changes, that are easy to spot and hard to ignore. These are just a few signs and signals that should alert a family to an addiction unfolding in their midst.
Powerful Physical Changes
According to the formal medication guide for Klonopin approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Klonopin can produce a variety of physical changes in users, including:
- Impaired motor control
While under the influence, people who take Klonopin might seem drunk or just exhausted, and they may find it difficult to speak clearly and move about from place to place without stumbling or staggering. Experienced users might be adept at keeping their physical symptoms masked and hidden, but they may experience breakthrough bouts of intoxication that families might easily spot.
Physical changes like this are often paired with emotional changes, including depression. Some people who abuse Klonopin might discuss these feelings openly, and they might even discuss thoughts of suicide. Others might work to keep their feelings hidden, but they might burst into tears at unusual moments. Some people with depression even seem angry and frenetic, lashing out at the world due to the pain they feel inside.
While all of these changes might be hard for the family to watch, a person with an addiction to Klonopin might be required to do an amazing amount of work in order to keep that addiction going. Even though damage takes place with each pill the person takes, that person might be willing to do very frightening things in order to access those pills.
For example, in a study in the journal Fundamentals of Clinical Pharmacology, researchers report that many users obtain their drugs illegally. They buy the drugs from dealers, steal their drugs or shop for doctors who are willing to write prescriptions for the drug. These aren’t steps a rational, healthy person might take, but they are the sorts of behaviors that might seem helpful or even beneficial to a person dealing with a serious case of Klonopin addiction.
It’s also not uncommon for people with these addictions to hoard pills. They might keep stashes in private places, like dresser drawers or coat pockets, and they might obsessively check on their stashes, just to ensure that they have the supplies needed to keep their addictions alive.
If you’re seeing these signs of Klonopin addiction in someone you love, please contact us at Black Bear Lodge. We have in-depth experience in both diagnosing and treating very serious cases of addiction involving all sorts of medications, including Klonopin. We can help to guide the person you love through a safe withdrawal process, and we can then provide therapies that will help the person to stay sober in the future. Please call us, and we can set up an intake appointment.