Klonopin Detox Centers
Klonopin, or clonazepam, is a popular benzodiazepine and like other drugs in this class, it is a schedule II drug. This means that it offers a high potential for abuse, which leads to physical and psychological dependence. Once your brain becomes dependent upon the drug, you will experience withdrawal symptoms when your body finds an insufficient amount of the drug in its system.
Klonopin dependence can set in relatively quickly, affecting users as quickly as one month into regular use. Research agrees that even patients taking therapeutic doses under the care of a doctor can develop a pharmacological dependence.
If you are using it recreationally, the chances of developing dependence are increased. For example, many Klonopin dependent people have a pattern of using the drug to come down from the high caused by other drug use.
The drug, most commonly prescribed to treat certain types of seizures and to relieve panic attacks decreases abnormal electrical action in the user’s brain. When withdrawals set-in, users often face the return of seizures or extreme anxiety and these symptoms can be life threatening. This is why quitting cold turkey and detoxing at home are not recommended.
The following discussion should help you to better understand what detox is and the timeline that your Klonopin withdrawal will follow. If you still have questions, you should give us a call at 800-405-2627 (Who Answers?). Our experts can even point you to programs that are qualified to safely guide you through detox.
What Is Detox?
Detoxification probably isn’t a concept that you are completely unfamiliar with. You have heard it before and you may even have participated in an exercise or diet cleanse that called itself detox. Maybe you did a tea detox or a 5-day green smoothie detox. Your goal was to lose weight and remove “toxins” from your body. It’s questionable whether or not any actual toxins get released during these fad plans.
During professional Klonopin detoxification, you will literally have the drugs and alcohol in your system removed. Clinicians will draw from medicine and the addiction sciences to make the process as comfortable as possible.
When they enter detox, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, asserts benzodiazepine users look like people intoxicated by alcohol:
- Slurred speech
- Involuntary muscle movements
- Poor coordination
Sadly, most users also use alcohol, other drugs of abuse, and other sedative-hypnotic medications. Used in combination, these can lead to fatal results. That’s all the more reason to have professionals involved in the process.
What Are Klonopin Withdrawal Symptoms Like?
The severity of symptoms depends upon a few things:
- The user’s body
- The history of use
- The doses being used
- Whether or not other drugs are also being abused
Generally, the more severe the addiction, the more severe the symptoms of withdrawal. Because benzodiazepines, like Klonopin, slow brain activity to relax users, the brain rebounds and becomes hyperactive when the medication leaves the user’s system. This can lead to:
- Panic Attacks
- Hand tremors
- Increase in body temperature
- Increase in pulse rate
- Coordination problems
- Trouble sleeping
- Nausea and/or vomiting
How Long Will I Experience Withdrawals?
As with the severity of symptoms, the length of withdrawal varies. Generally, large doses lead to longer periods of withdrawal.
You should have the first symptoms between one and three days after you stop using. You will notice changes in your mood and low level anxiety. You may have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep during this time as well.
Your symptoms will peak one to two weeks after you stop using. During the second week of withdrawal, you will feel a lot of irritability and anxiety. If you quit using Klonopin cold turkey, you might also experience tremors, seizures, and hallucinations during this period. This is another reason that you fare better in professional detox, where this can be monitored and treated.
Your symptoms will ease during weeks three and four, but you might still feel anxiety. Withdrawal will typically have come to a close, but some days may just be harder than others. This can continue for up to three months. If you had a severe addiction, you may face symptoms for quite a long time.
Professional Klonopin detox uses therapy, education, and medical science to help ease and alleviate these symptoms. To find out more about various detox approaches, call 800-405-2627 (Who Answers?). You can even get linked to resources and qualified treatment centers.