The effects of Clonazepam
Clonazepam is part of the Benzodiazepine family and used to treat seizures and panic disorders. According to the Citizen’s Commission on Human Rights International (CCHR), Clonazepam, also known as Klonopin, is one of the deadliest benzos in the United States. In 1975, Klonopin was prescribed as an anti-epileptic medication for those who suffered from seizures; however, as time passed, it became one of the most popular drugs in Hollywood. Nowadays benzodiazepines are chronically abused per the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) “benzodiazepine overdose deaths increased fourfold from 2001-2013, to close to 7,000 fatalities in 2013.” Benzodiazepines are particularly dangerous as withdrawal can cause death. This is why when undergoing a Clonazepam/Klonopin Detox it is important to be monitored by a trained professional.
Stevie Nicks, former lead singer of Fleetwood Mac had an addiction to Klonopin for eight years and said those were the worst years of her life. Even a high-profile celebrity like Stevie checked herself into rehab for Clonazepam and Klonopin addiction treatment.
In 1986, she admitted herself to the Betty Ford Clinic for cocaine and Clonazepam addiction and attended treatment for 45 days. She said treatment was hell; however, Elevate Drug Treatment believes treatment does not have to be so bad, especially if you catch your addiction early. In order to recognize if you or a loved one need to seek treatment for a substance addiction, it is important to understand the signs and symptoms of it.
Those who are using Klonopin exhibit these characteristics:
- Lack of coordination
- Sleepiness throughout the day
- Delayed and slow reaction time
- Trouble remembering things
- Slurred speech
They may also experience an upset stomach, vomiting and constipation. Like all benzos, Clonazepam and Klonopin should not be mixed with any other substances. Withdrawal from these drugs can be fatal, a Clonazepam/Klonopin detox should always be handled by a trained professional.
Why would people risk death for a medication? Klonopin and Clonazepam produce a euphoric feeling and allow users to relax; they release the tension in their muscles, feel less agitated and become drowsy. While these prescriptions produce calm feelings, they will also produce an addict.
After a certain amount of time, those euphoric feelings will begin to fade because your body is becoming tolerant to your regular dose. You will begin to use more and at a more frequent rate, leading to an overdose. If that does not satisfy your craving, you will look for something stronger and risk killing yourself. Not only do you have the potential for tolerance, but your body will also become dependent.
After a certain amount of time, those euphoric feelings will begin to fade because your body is becoming tolerant to your regular dose. You will begin to use more and at a more frequent rate, leading to an overdose. If that does not satisfy your craving, you will look for something stronger and eventually kill yourself. Not only do you have the potential for tolerance, but your body will also become dependent.
What Causes Clonazepam/Klonopin Addiction?
If prescribed this medication there are risk factors to watch for. It is important to understand what causes Clonazepam/Klonopin addiction in order to stay away from certain triggers. While the addictive effects of the pill itself are a major part of addiction, there are other factors to consider, such as family history, genetics, brain functioning and immediate environment.
Through neuroimaging, medical experts are able to scan the brain in order to learn about addiction. While the tests cannot diagnose an addition, they can rule out medical illnesses that may be contributing to a person’s mental well-being. The images are mostly utilized to compare a healthy brain with a brain that is suffering from a disorder; they are able to show brain damage as well as brain development.
Scientists also use positron emission tomography (PET), single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) and functioned magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to track changes in all regions of the brain and map the distribution of neurotransmitters. These new imaging tools allow experts to better understand how each brain region affect mood and other functions.
In 2010, researchers found a gene, the PBRM1, which is critical for chromatin remodeling, that was among 62 percent of people who suffer from an addiction. This research does not prove that addiction is 100 percent genetic; however, it does prove that addiction is increased due to genetics.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, “some research suggests that people with certain genes are more likely to develop” addiction than others. Although it is not 100 percent that two parents with an addiction will pass it on to their children, it does increase the risk of it. In fact, when one parent has an addiction, their child has a 15-30 percent increased chance at developing it.
Our immediate environment can have a significant impact on whether or not we will develop an addiction; these causes have nothing to do with brain functioning or genetics whatsoever, these causes are based off of things that happen in our everyday lives, such as prolonged stress at home or work, coping with the loss of a loved one and experiencing a traumatic event.
Not all stressful situations will cause an addiction; however, for someone who may already be suffering from underlying condition, it will cause the symptoms for their addiction to increase significantly.
Obviously, someone who is suffering with an Alprazolam addiction is also suffering from a mental health disorder. Elevate Drug Treatment offers programs designed to treat both conditions.
In 2009, CNN reported “ […] the more family members you have who have been found to have major depression, anxiety disorders or drug or alcohol dependence, the greater the chances that you will too”. In fact, family history “is one of the most important predictors of outcome”.
Family life, or how people interact with their families, has a lot to do with addiction as well. If children are exposed to physical or emotional abuse, they will eventually suffer from some sort of mental disorder or addiction. Other family life factors include turbulent upbringing, separation from a parent and mental illness in a parent.
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The best treatment for benzo addiction includes a safe Clonzepam/Klonopin detox process followed by a combination of traditional and experiential treatments. Obviously, someone who is suffering with an addiction is also suffering from a mental health disorder. We offer programs designed to treat both conditions. You can alleviate your anxiety with Elevate Drug Treatment.
It is important for those who want to overcome their mental health disorder and substance addiction to focus on their psyche, their inner thoughts and how they can affect their behaviors. The Dual Diagnosis Program is research-based and highly individualized for each patient’s unique needs. It is not based upon one type of therapy; it is a combination of both traditional and experiential therapies.
- Individual therapy: It is recommended to attend individual therapy at least twice a week in order to spend one-on-one time with a therapist.
- Family therapy: Family can only be included with a patient’s consent. It is important to include family because they may be a part of the problem and they can learn how to support a patient rather than enabling them. Addiction also has the power to rip families apart; therefore, the family therapy can help mend any broken relationships.
- Group therapy: Group therapy allows people who have similar experiences to come together in a safe, peer-supported atmosphere in order to share any advice, tips or stories they feel necessary.
- Recovery-oriented challenge therapy: This therapy is only available at select facilities. It is designed for clients to identify their strengths, learn basic recovery issues and build a supportive social network. Patients should be able to develop self-care skills, learn their boundaries and understand choice and accountability.
- Expressive therapies: This is another therapy that is only available at select facilities. It is a group therapy where patients express their creative sides.
- Trauma therapies: These therapies are specifically designed for those that are suffering from a trauma-related issue.
The treatment of co-occurring conditions should also include medical and psychiatric sessions, psycho-educational and didactic groups.
Psycho-Educational and Didactic Groups
These groups are offered for patients to interact with one another in order to discuss relapse prevention, cognitive restructuring and the pressures of society.
Medical and Psychiatric Sessions
It is recommended for patient’s progress to be continually monitored in order for programs to be adjusted accordingly. Patients should be assessed both medically and psychiatrically in order to record their progress.
Elevate Drug Treatment provides many treatment options in order to meet you individual and unique needs. Our plans are highly effective and evidence-based. We offer high-quality service and will work just as hard as you do to regain control of your life.