How to Help a Klonopin Addict
Klonopin (clonazepam) is a sedative hypnotic drug of the benzodiazepine class. While it is effective for the short-term treatment of anxiety, insomnia, and seizures, it has a strong potential for addiction, and is widely abused. If you find that you or a loved one is struggling with a possible addiction to Klonopin, you can find help.
Drug rehab centers offer you all the support you need to recover from addiction to this drug and live a happy and healthy life. It's not hard to find Klonopin addiction help. Simply call 1-888-744-0069Who Answers? for more information on the type of treatment programs available.
How to Approach an Addicted Loved One
Although it may feel overwhelming now, your loved one can get sober and lead a drug-free life.
It can be difficult to watch a friend or loved one go through the cycles of addiction. If your loved one is open to receiving help and support, you may want to encourage them to see a physician for an evaluation.
CRAFT teaches family and friends useful skills including:
- Encouraging the substance abuser to reduce use and enter treatment.
- Strategies to help a loved one accept help.
- Self-care practices.
- How to communicate in a positive way.
- How to understand a loved one’s triggers to use drugs.
Another helpful resource is the Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) approach. CRAFT helps friends and family members move their loved one towards treatment using positive reinforcement. The CRAFT model helps to ensure that relationships stay strong through recovery and beyond.
You can also try an intervention. However, be advised that simply confronting your loved one is not an intervention. A successful intervention takes careful planning, requires that the right people attend (those who can offer nonjudgmental concern), and requires that those conducting the intervention have a well thought-out treatment plan in mind. If you’re looking to employ this option, it’s a good idea to hire a professional interventionist to help plan, organize, and help you to communicate in the most effective manner to get your loved one to agree to treatment. Learn what you need to know when planning an intervention here.
Although it may feel overwhelming now, your loved one can get sober and lead a drug-free life. As you approach your loved one, try to:
- Communicate that it takes courage to seek help.
- Avoid blaming or criticizing your loved one.
- Understand that you cannot fix someone else’s problems, but you can be a part of their support system.
- Assure your loved one that you will remain supportive of their recovery efforts, even if they need to take several attempts at recovery.
When you're looking into Klonopin addiction treatment programs, it's important that you choose the program that's going to give you the greatest chance at success. It is important to undergo withdrawal in a facility where medical staff are present and can monitor you 24/7. Treatment professionals can help you safely detox from klonopin and treat any serious symptoms that may arise, such as seizures.
Outpatient treatment programs can be very effective if you have a good social support network, like a supportive family. Outpatient programs offer various levels of intensity, from day programs to evening programs that extend over a period of months. These programs allow individuals to participate in treatment while attending to outside needs. They are a valuable option if you need to continue working and spending time with your family, and if you are able to comply with the drug treatment plan.
Outpatient programs will consist of a predetermined number of hours a week, attending group and individual therapy. You will meet with a drug abuse counselor on an individual basis, and also participate in group therapy — a great place to find support in abstinence. Group therapy offers individuals the opportunity to:
- Develop communication skills.
- Support other group members on their journey to recovery.
- Socialize with others without using drugs like Klonopin.
- Develop structure and discipline in their daily lives.
- Reinforce healthy ways of interacting with others.
Residential inpatient programs are highly effective if you need medical treatment and around-the-clock care in the initial stages of recovery. They are particularly helpful if your home or community are places where you used and/or bought drugs. Inpatient treatment helps remove you from the environment which might trigger relapse. These programs can also address co-occurring behavioral and mental health issues that may have fueled the addiction.
Residential programs are highly structured — providing 24-hour care and a safe, secure place to recover. If you don't have a strong support system and need a completely substance-free environment to recover, you may want to consider this type of care. Residential drug rehab centers provide group therapy sessions, individual therapy sessions, and some facilities may also provide skills training, recreational activities, and adjunct therapy such as yoga, meditation, and art therapy.
Is Klonopin Addictive?
Klonopin, a benzodiazapine, is prescribed by doctors to treat anxiety disorders and certain types of seizures. However, its use is not recommended for extended periods of time because of its potential for dependence. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, Klonopin is addictive if you:
- Take it for a prolonged period of time.
- Take it in larger doses.
Klonopin is often abused in combination with other drugs such as opioids. It is a popular drug for addicts who are prescribed methadone, while abusing the Klonopin to create or intensify euphoric feelings from the methadone (Inaba and Cohen, 2014).
Part of the addiction potential with Klonopin involves using it to increase the rewarding effects of other drugs, a sure sign of abuse warranting further screening for addiction.
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What Are the Signs of Addiction?
Benzodiazepines (e.g. Klonopin) are a big thing in methadone clinics, which people die from a lot of times, but the interaction between the two makes you feel like you are on heroin. . . It's just a miserable place to be.
If your use of Klonopin is out of control and you cannot quit despite numerous efforts, the signs are there that you may be struggling with addiction. Some of the signs of addiction to Klonopin as described in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) are similar to those for other drugs:
- You take it in larger doses and over longer periods of time.
- You want to quit and have tried to quit several times unsuccessfully.
- A great deal of time is spent in getting the Klonopin.
- You have "doctor-shopped" (visited multiple doctors) to get the drug.
- You crave the drug in its absence.
- Rebound anxiety, in which the anxiety for which Klonopin may have been prescribed, returns in an intensified manner when you quit.
- You have become tolerant, needing to take higher and higher doses to get the intended effects.
- You experience withdrawal, which can include seizures and increased hypertension, when you try to quit. (NOTE: Withdrawal can be dangerous and requires medical care.
- You neglect interpersonal, family, or work obligations and responsibilities to use Klonopin.
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Am I Addicted to Klonopin?
Asking the following questions and answering honestly will help you determine whether you have an addiction to Klonopin:
- Do you find that you cannot quit, despite several efforts?
- Do you suffer from tremendous anxiety when you try to stay off the drug (rebound anxiety)?
- Do you use Klonopin with alcohol or any other drug in order to increase the effects, or to increase the "high"?
- Do you lie about your whereabouts, or about spending money, when in fact you are "on a mission" to procure the drug?
- Do you partake in illegal activities in order to get the drug?
- Do you find that things which used to make you happy, and which you enjoyed, have now taken second place to your pursuit of the drug?
- Do you ever have seizures from trying to stay off the drug? If you do, get medical help as soon as possible.
- Is your use of this and/or other drugs Klonopin affecting your marriage, family, studies, or work?
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