According to a survey conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMSHA), the majority of prescription overdoses each year are attributed to benzodiazepines, a class of medications that includes Klonopin. SAMHSA stated that there are more than 33,557 people admitted to the emergency room from complications and for overdose, specifically benzodiazepine overdose, each year and Klonopin, also known by the drug name Clonazepam, is the second most overused substance. Klonopin affects the chemicals in the brain by calming nerves and the brain when there is an imbalance. Klonopin acts as an anticonvulsant and has been used to treat seizures, such as epilepsy, insomnia, anxiety, panic disorders, and catatonic episodes. Many people feel the need to enter Klonopin addiction rehab and treatment; however it might not be necessary.
Individuals that have used Klonopin excessively may need detoxification services depending on how much, how long, and how frequently the individual has been taking the drug. Taking Klonopin in large amounts on a frequent basis may lead to toxification and the individual may need detoxification services to safely stop using Klonopin.
Detoxification is the elimination of the toxic chemicals that collect in body from drug use in a licensed medical facility. Once toxification has developed, the individual may have to take larger amounts in order to stave off withdrawal. Individuals who take Klonopin in increased doses are at risk for toxicity and the individual may exhibit side effects including: joint and muscle pain, dizziness, drowsiness, coordination problems, loss of energy, a decrease in mental acuity, and signs of memory loss, along with mood changes including depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts. Some individuals experience more severe physical side effects from taking Klonopin such as hives, respiratory problems, which may be complicated by swelling in the face, tongue, and throat. Those who are unsure of whether or not detoxification is needed should speak with their doctor.
Once the individual has successfully detoxed and the drugs are out of their system safely, they may want to enroll in a residential substance use program that will help them reassess their life and their choices regarding substance use, address their emotional issues, and develop a plan for their future. Many detox centers might refer you to a Klonopin addiction rehab and treatment center, but you may wish to do your own research and find the program that best fits your needs and optimizes your chances of success.
One of the benefits of attending a residential substance use program is that the individual will have a unique opportunity, in a sober environment, for a period of time, to focus on creating a new life and preparing themselves with new habits for when they return home. A Non-12 Step program will offer the best chance for the individual to move on from their substance use problem as the non-12 Step philosophy is that drug use is a choice and that it is a learned behavior, not a disease or a sickness the individual cannot overcome. A non-12 Step approach will help the individual to learn to make more productive choices for their future and to develop behaviors that lead them to a more fulfilling life, and ultimately enhance their happiness and their well being.
Saint Jude Retreats is a Cognitive Behavioral Education (CBE) program that helps people use self assessment and self change to make productive choices and positive habits and behaviors for a more purposeful life. Being in control can help individuals not only commit to making the necessary changes as they determine the changes for themselves but also help them to gain greater independence and better decision-making skills. CBE provides skills and information people can use to move past their substance use permanently as well as give them a means to self-evaluate their success with goal setting and moving along their own path towards happiness and productivity. If you would like to learn more, please call Saint Jude Retreats today at 888.424.2626.