Clonazepam is a benzodiazepine commonly prescribed to treat panic attacks, anxiety disorders, restless leg syndrome, epilepsy, insomnia, and other mental health issues.1 Physical dependency and addiction can develop in as little as two weeks of taking the drug regularly, and many people become addicted unintentionally.
Not only is clonazepam used to treat legitimate medical issues, it is also used recreationally either for its feelings of euphoric calm or in combination with other drugs in order to increase their effects. Regardless of why clonazepam is used, it can be difficult to discontinue use of the drug for both physical and psychological reasons. It is crucial to seek professional help and support before attempting to stop taking clonazepam.
Clonazepam Addiction Withdrawal
If stopped suddenly with no treatment, clonazepam withdrawal can be dangerous and even deadly. Intense seizures can happen without warning, in addition to confusion and delirium which can have devastating results if someone is alone. Some additional clonazepam withdrawal symptoms include the following:
- Anxiety and panic attacks
- Body aches
- Nausea and vomiting
- Increased sensitivity to light, touch or sound
The best way to safely deal with clonazepam withdrawal is through medically-supervised detox in a rehab facility.
Clonazepam Addiction Treatment
In order to overcome the painful withdrawals that can accompany clonazepam detox, it is crucial that you or your loved one have adequate support through medically-supervised detox. Doctors, nurses and other trained addiction professional provide 24-hour monitoring and treatment whatever symptoms arise. Medically supervised detox allows the person struggling with clonazepam addiction the chance to rid the body of the toxins of the drug in a safe way. However, detox is only the first step on the road to recovery. Support is needed for more than simply the withdrawal symptoms.
Recovery from clonazepam addiction is a difficult process, and involves healing for the entire person- body, mind and spirit. Both the person struggling and his or her family need daily support and encouragement to remain sober and avoid relapse, or to help a loved one stay focused on the recovery journey.
There are also almost always underlying issues contributing to the addiction. These problems need to be diagnosed and dealt with in order for a lasting recovery to occur.3 Some who struggle with addiction have a mental health disorder, poor coping skills, or any number of other issues. Professionals such as counselors and therapists can give you the support you need not only to get clean from clonazepam, but also to remain that way.
Life After Clonazepam Addiction
It is likely that your life will look different after you stop using clonazepam. In order to remain drug free, you will need to make lasting changes. You can use this time to improve your life and make it what you want it to be. Recovery is a great time to make new friends, learn a new skill, take up a hobby, go back to school or change careers. By learning healthy coping skills to deal with drug cravings and identify and avoid addiction triggers, you have the opportunity to live your life to your fullest potential, free from the control of clonazepam.
Finding Help for Clonazepam Addiction
Do you have questions or worry about stopping clonazepam use? Please call and talk with one of our admissions coordinators. We can answer any questions you might have and get you the support you need to break free from clonazepam addiction. We are here 24 hours a day, and our helpline is toll free, so call us now at 706-914-2327.
By Patti Richards
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2“Benzodiazepine Abuse.” WebMD, WebMD, Dec. 2018.
3“Co-Occurring Disorders.” Psychology Today, Sussex Publishers, 25 Jan. 2018.