An emptied pill bottle illustrates Klonopin addictionA lot of people don’t realize how easy it is to develop a prescription medication addiction. You might take a medicine to ease pain or manage a chronic condition. The thought of having an addiction will always seem unlikely. However, many people develop a problem regardless. Unfortunately, Klonopin addiction occurs even if you take the drug exactly as your doctor prescribes.

What Is Klonopin?

Also known as clonazepam, Klonopin is a sedative medication in the benzo class. Therefore, a physician may prescribe it to someone with a panic or seizure disorder. In addition, medical professionals also prescribe it for insomnia or as a way to ease withdrawal symptoms from other addictive substances.

Overall, the drug makes you feel relaxed and calm. Because it’s highly addictive, doctors recommend only short-term use.

Unfortunately, some people fall victim to Klonopin addiction within a few weeks. They quickly become dependent on the drug and begin taking higher doses for the same euphoric effects.

Others abuse Klonopin to cope with the anxiety from using other drugs, such as cocaine. They may also drink alcohol while taking it, leading to polysubstance abuse, which is highly dangerous and often causes overdose.

Symptoms of Klonopin Addiction

If you take larger doses of Klonopin in order to feel the same euphoria and relaxation, your tolerance has gone up. To be sure, do you notice any of these other symptoms?

Signs of Klonopin addiction include:

  • Extreme fatigue and sleepiness during the day
  • Depression
  • Persistent cravings for the drug
  • Confusion
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Slurred speech
  • Gastrointestinal problems

Maybe your doctor will no longer prescribe Klonopin to you, and you’ve begun looking for another physician who will. “Doctor shopping” is another common sign of addiction. If you want to stop taking Klonopin, yet you’re unable to do so, you’re probably dependent. The longer you continue using, the more damage you’ll do.

It doesn’t matter if you took your prescription as you should have, or if you abuse Klonopin in addition to other substances. It’s never too late to seek addiction help.

Whether you need a residential treatment program or you’re a good candidate for an outpatient treatment program, the sooner you get help, the better you’ll feel.

It’s Time to Begin Your Recovery

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