Klonopin Withdrawal

What is Klonopin?

Klonopin is a potent prescription benzodiazepine, the same class of drug as Xanax and valium. Because benzodiazepines like this one are widely prescribed and easy to find, most people underestimate their addictive and potentially lethal effects.

When taken under the care and supervision of a medical professional, benzodiazepines can help improve several mental health symptoms. Doctors give them to patients with anxiety, depression, panic, post-traumatic stress, epileptic seizures, and obsessive-compulsive disorders, among others.

Many people have found alleviation of their symptoms with low-dose, appropriate Klonopin use. Unfortunately, many others have found themselves abusing and becoming addicted to Klonopin. While it is more common for the media to focus on opioids like heroin and fentanyl, benzodiazepines are a growing threat.

How Common is Benzodiazepine Abuse?

Benzodiazepines, including Klonopin, act on nerve cells in the brain called GABA receptors. These stimulate the neurotransmitter responsible for feelings of contentment and calmness. GABA keeps us calm by promoting balance in our nerves.

It relaxes the body and brain, which makes it ideal in the treatment of many fear, panic, or anxiety-based disorders, as well as seizures, insomnia, and alcohol withdrawals. Between 1996 and 2013, the number of individuals using benzodiazepines increased from eight million to almost 14 million.

Klonopin, the brand name for clonazepam, is one of the most common and addictive in its drug class. One thing that keeps users coming back for more is the drug’s overwhelming withdrawal symptoms. As tolerance builds in your body, so does the potential for withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking it.

Klonopin Withdrawal Timeline

When it comes to Klonopin withdrawals, most people have the same two questions. When does Klonopin withdrawal start? And how long do Klonopin withdrawals last? It takes less than one month to develop an addiction to Klonopin.

And it takes less than two days for withdrawal symptoms to begin after you stop taking the drug. This first phase of early withdrawals often begins between 30 and 40 hours after you last consumed the drug. The early withdrawal stage typically lasts about four days.

Next is the acute withdrawal phase, which will typically last between two weeks and a few months depending on your withdrawal approach and other individual factors. The most severe of your symptoms will occur during this phase.

And they will be easier to manage if you choose to detox in a monitored facility. After this phase, the worst is over. But there is one phase left that is not defined by any particular timeframe or by any particular symptoms.

Post-Acute Klonopin Withdrawals

The third and final phase, post-acute withdrawals, may continue long after the drug is out of your system. Primarily, the symptoms in this phase are more general and include mood changes like panic, anxiety, and depression.

Mental health symptoms like these are also common relapse triggers. They are experienced alongside addiction more often than not. This is one reason why continued care is so critical to long-term success.

Klonopin Withdrawal Symptoms

Klonopin withdrawal symptoms can vary depending on certain individual factors, including but not limited to:

  • Your medical history and weight
  • Your dosage
  • Your method of use
  • How long you have been using Klonopin
  • Other medications or substances in your body

These variations can show themselves in the types of symptoms you experience, the severity of them, and how long they last. Some of the most common Klonopin withdrawal symptoms include irritability, nausea, tremors, dizziness, and blood pressure changes. Headaches, drowsiness, insomnia, anxiety, depression, and other mood changes are also common.

Klonopin promotes the production of a neurotransmitter that your body needs to function. Your body struggles to find balance once it has come to rely on Klonopin to produce these neurotransmitters, and then you suddenly stop taking it.

Over time, your body will regain the right balance. But it can be difficult to power through withdrawal symptoms long enough to get to that point. In any drug class, withdrawal symptoms are some of the most common relapse triggers.

What are the Most Severe Withdrawal Symptoms?

Klonopin use often leads to addiction. This is one reason why most doctors will prescribe it for a maximum of four weeks at a time. This is true of most benzodiazepines, as they are the second-most addictive drug class and are linked to more overdoses than most other prescription drugs.

The Klonopin withdrawal symptoms listed above can be overwhelming. These symptoms and drug cravings lead many Klonopin addicts to begin using again. But using again can lead to even worse symptoms, creating a vicious cycle of abuse.

Rapid heartbeats and seizures become more likely in high doses and long-term abuse. Slow and difficult breathing are two Klonopin withdrawal symptoms that become more likely when it is taken along with other potent prescription drugs.

Under certain conditions, Klonopin withdrawals may become fatal. But stopping Klonopin use cold turkey is rarely effective and can even be dangerous. So, what can help with Klonopin withdrawal? What can make it easier to maintain your strength through the difficult stage of early sobriety?

Medical Detox for Klonopin Withdrawal

Medical detox is one in which the client receives certain medications to ease their withdrawal symptoms. Medical detox is not for everyone. But those with particularly severe addictions or withdrawal symptoms may be eligible.

You may be given a medication to ease your drug cravings, change the way your body reacts to certain substances, or otherwise strengthen your resolve and make the detox process easier to get through.

Klonopin Withdrawal

Other Resources for Klonopin Withdrawal

Social detox will not involve medications but will still be safer and more effective than detoxing at home. Whether you begin a medical or non-medical detox, withdrawing in the comfort and safety of an established rehab facility like ours is always the better choice.

The support from our trained and compassionate team of professionals ensures that you remain comfortable, safe, and stable. They will ensure that you stay properly hydrated and nourished and that you have support and guidance in maintaining your sobriety when you need it the most.

What Happens After Klonopin Withdrawal Treatment?

A monitored detox is an excellent start, but it is not the end of any addiction recovery journey. Relapse rates are significantly higher among people who attend detox programs and stop there than among people who continue treatment after detox.

We offer a variety of recovery programs to meet our clients’ unique needs after detox. Among them, residential care, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient programs are highly effective and convenient treatment methods.

A Full Range of Treatment Options at Circle of Hope

These programs range from 24-hour support and guidance to part-time, pre-scheduled visits each week. In our full-time programs, you receive healthy meals, attend behavioral therapy and support groups, and participate in other proven treatments throughout the day.

In our part-time programs, we work with your unique needs and schedule to give you the care you need on your terms. We offer many of the same types of treatments in these programs but with less of a time commitment.

We typically recommend outpatient programs for those who have already attended more intensive programs. This allows you to recovery steadily rather than becoming overwhelmed. These programs are also ideal for people with full-time jobs or children that prevent a full-time stay.

We will work with you to determine which treatment program will best suit you. Call us today at 818-391-5259. It’s time to choose a better way.

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