Are you or a loved one struggling with klonopin addiction? We’re here to provide the support and guidance you need. Residents at Timberline Knolls learn to conquer klonopin addiction through evidence-based treatment methods and cutting-edge therapies.
Prescription drug abuse is escalating throughout our country. One medication that treatment centers are seeing more and more women addicted to is klonopin.
Klonopin is known by many names: K-pins, pins, K-cuts, Rivotril, Clonex, Paxam, and Kriadex. Chemically known as clonazepam, klonopin is a high potency benzodiazepine. As with so many prescription drugs abused today, klonopin is a legitimate medication. It is primarily used to treat seizure disorders or anxiety disorders.
Causes of Klonopin Addiction
Thirty years ago when a woman suffered from extreme anxiety or panic, xanax or valium was prescribed. Today, klonopin can be a go-to medication for these types of issues because it is extremely effective. However, physical and psychological dependency occurs very rapidly. This makes the likelihood of developing an addiction very high, even when the drug is being taken under a doctor’s supervision. The rapidity of developing dependence is primarily due to its quick tolerance, long half-life, which refers to the length of time it stays in the system, and its highly addictive characteristics.
Women turn to klonopin for a variety of reasons, such as social pressures, insomnia or work-related stress. Often, these types of medications are initially taken simply to reduce mental or emotional pain due to some type of trauma in the person’s life.
As with many legal pharmaceuticals that are routinely shared among family and friends, exposure to klonopin can occur quite innocently. A woman or adolescent may experience anxiety due to a pending airplane flight or attendance at a social engagement. Just as someone might offer an aspirin to alleviate a headache, a klonopin may be suggested to quell the anxiety. It seems so reasonable at the time – a person is feeling anxious and distraught and a friend has a prescription bottle right there in her backpack or handbag. Or a physician with little to no addiction training innocently, and sometimes negligently, prescribes the medication to help with anxiety. Because it works so well, a woman may begin relying on klonopin every time anxiety looms. She, like so many others, has no idea how profoundly addictive this pharmaceutical can be; to say nothing of how difficult it is to break a klonopin addiction.
As with other prescribed drugs, young people frequently consider the family medicine cabinet as a source for their next high. They often couple klonopin with drinking because this drug vastly and quickly increases the impact of the alcohol. Additionally, these adolescents often take klonopin in conjunction with a variety of other legal or street drugs. Not only is this extremely dangerous, but combining drugs creates the perfect storm for addiction.
Effects of Klonopin Abuse
When klonopin is abused, it is transformed into a very harmful drug, with myriad and profoundly negative side effects. It impacts the person’s entire life, her physical and psychological well being, as well as her social relationships and her spirit.
Physical consequences include:
- Sleepiness and sedation
- Short-term memory loss
- Death from overdose or withdrawal
- Seizures from withdrawal
Psychological consequences include:
- Panic attacks and anxiety from withdrawal
- Increased risk of suicide
Personal consequences include:
- Loss of personal relationships
- Career failure
- Family disconnection
- Finance depletion
- Becomes reclusive
- Stops doing enjoyable activities
- Legal trouble
Common Co-occurring Disorders
In the world of residential treatment, people rarely, if ever, admit for treatment with only one diagnosis. When klonopin addiction is present, it is not uncommon for that woman or adolescent to have an addiction to alcohol or other substances. Similarly, anxiety and panic disorders are extremely common; the same holds true for depression, eating disorders and trauma. This trauma may be as easily identifiable as a severe car accident, physical abuse, or rape, or more ambiguous and difficult to identify as a history of ongoing parental neglect or emotional abuse. Moreover, a person addicted to klonopin may have undiagnosed psychiatric illnesses such as alcoholism, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, major depression or obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
Klonopin Treatment at Timberline Knolls
Treating drug addiction is frequently a step-by-step process. Outpatient therapy, in tandem with a support group or groups, is usually the first step. If progress is not made in an outpatient setting, residential or inpatient treatment is often required. This gradual course of action can be inadvisable in the case of klonopin addiction. Not only should a person never try to discontinue the drug on their own, but medically managed treatment is imperative, due to the potential of dying from withdrawal from this drug when not medically supervised. The severity of the withdrawal is directly related to the dosage frequency, dosage strength, length of use, medical status of the individual and the way in which the dosage is reduced. Abrupt withdrawal can have devastating physical and psychological effects, which is why monitoring must be provided by a professional team.
The multidisciplinary treatment team at Timberline Knolls knows how to safely and successfully help women get off of klonopin. Our medical staff works to stabilize her physically and mentally during the detox, while the therapeutic team strives to understand the many underlying causes for the addiction.
The program at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center is comprehensive and holistic. We address all aspects of the individual: her mind, body, soul and spirit. Similarly, we treat co-occuring addictions and disorders concurrently. Our trauma-informed treatment approach is rooted in spirituality.
Clinically, we use a blend of the guiding principles of recovery found in the 12 step program in tandem with the tools inherent to Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Both of these therapeutic strategies are integral to recovering from addiction and co-occurring disorders. The 12 step approach provides a framework from which to live and the DBT skills offer a new method to cope with the unpleasant feelings and emotions the klonopin so successfully masked. In fact, DBT is such a key component of the treatment at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center that our staff receives training in the skills to better help residents learn and practice new coping mechanisms in all settings.
To learn more about klonopin addiction treatment and recovery at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, call one of our experienced admissions counselors today. We accept adolescent and adult women for admission seven days a week.