Medically Assisted Klonopin Detox
Medically Assisted Klonopin Detox
The initial step on every journey of addiction recovery is admission to a medically assisted detoxification center. Those who have been abusing drugs or alcohol for any period of time almost always undergo some degree of withdrawal upon abrupt cessation of use. More often than not, the symptoms of withdrawal will lead a person back to substance use before the detoxification process is over. This is part of the reason why entering into an inpatient detox program for Klonopin detox is so important. At Immersion Recovery Center we provide a comprehensive detox program; one that focuses on more than a safe, pain-free drug and alcohol withdrawal. In addition to providing around the clock medical care, we actively prepare our clients for the next appropriate stage of their personal recovery journeys. During detox, we conduct an individualized, in-depth evaluation, which helps us determine the length of our clients stay, what kind of medical intervention is necessary, and the next step for each client once they become physically stabilized.
If you or someone you love has been suffering from a Klonopin use disorder, detox is an important initial step, and we are available to help. At Immersion Recovery Center we effectively treat the physical and psychological symptoms associated with Klonopin withdrawal, making the entire detox process as comfortable as possible from start to finish. We utilize a combination of evidence-based medications, therapeutic practices and holistic treatment methods to provide the most integrated and effective care available. To learn more about our program of Klonopin detox or to learn more about our multi-staged addiction treatment program as a whole, contact us today.
What is Klonopin?
Klonopin is the brand name of the benzodiazepine medication clonazepam, which is most commonly used for the treatment of panic disorder and certain types of seizure disorders. In some cases, Klonopin is used to treat the more severe symptoms of alcohol withdrawal or to treat sleep disorders like insomnia. Benzodiazepine medications like Klonopin are only prescribed to be taken for short periods of time or at the onset of anxiety disorder episodes (like panic attacks), seeing as they are extremely habit-forming and can easily lead to physical and psychological dependence. It is important to note that Klonopin dependence can develop even when the medication is taken exactly as prescribed by a medical professional. If you have been misusing Klonopin or if you are concerned that you may have developed a physical dependence, there is help available. When it comes to Klonopin addiction recovery, medical detox always comes as a recommended first step in the treatment process. Contact Immersion Recovery Center today to learn more.
Klonopin Addiction Facts & Statistics
Benzodiazepines like Klonopin are widely prescribed and they have a particularly high potential for abuse, making them among the most commonly misused prescription medications in the country. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, roughly 12.5 percent of adults in the country use benzodiazepines, which translates to 30.5 million individuals. Of this demographic, only about 2.1 percent misused their medication one time or more, and only around 0.2 percent met the diagnostic criteria for a benzodiazepine use disorder. Many individuals who use Klonopin recreationally combine the medication with other chemical substances in order to increase its effects. NIDA also reported that in the year 2019, 16 percent of all opioid overdose deaths also involved a benzodiazepine medication like Klonopin.
Whether you have been prescribed Klonopin for the treatment of a legitimate medical condition or you have been using the drug recreationally, you are at risk of developing a physical and psychological dependence. This is especially true if you take the medication at a higher dose than prescribed or more frequently than is recommended. At Immersion Recovery Center we effectively treat the symptoms associated with Klonopin withdrawal while preparing our clients for the next step in the treatment process.
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Signs & Symptoms of Klonopin Addiction
If you believe you or someone you love has been suffering from a diagnosable Klonopin use disorder, there are several signs and symptoms to keep an eye out for. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-V) outlines a list of diagnostic criteria used to identify the presence of a Klonopin use disorder. If you answer “yes” to two or more of the following questions, seeking professional help from a medical detox center is likely a good idea.
- Do you sometimes end up using a higher dose of Klonopin than you originally intended, or do you use Klonopin more frequently than you intend to?
- Have you wanted to cut back on your dose or quit entirely, only to find you were unable to do so for any significant period of time?
- Do you spend a significant amount of time obtaining Klonopin, using Klonopin and recovering from its effects?
- Do you often think of using Klonopin/do you ever experience intense cravings?
- Has your drug use interfered with your ability to fulfill personal obligations or negatively impacted your performance at work or at school?
- Have you experienced interpersonal problems as a direct result of your Klonopin use?
- Have you given up activities which were once interesting or important to you in order to engage in Klonopin use?
- Have you been engaging in risk-taking activities more often than normal, like driving while under the influence of Klonopin or combining Klonopin with other substances like alcohol or opioid narcotics?
- Do you continue to use Klonopin despite physical or psychological health concerns directly related to the prescription medication?
- Have you developed a physical tolerance, meaning a higher dose is required in order for the desired effects to be achieved?
- Do you experience withdrawal symptoms when Klonopin use is stopped abruptly?
Klonopin Withdrawal Signs & Symptoms
Klonopin withdrawal is extremely common among people who use the drug for any length of time, and the symptoms associated with benzodiazepine withdrawal can be particularly severe when left untreated. According to one study, 40 percent of people who use benzodiazepines for six months or longer will experience moderate to severe withdrawal symptoms. The other 60 percent of benzodiazepine users will experience relatively mild symptoms of withdrawal. In most cases, symptoms begin to develop within 24 to 48 hours after the final use, and resolve within one to two weeks. Symptoms can be both physical and psychological in nature, and can range from mild physical discomfort to grand mal seizures and coma. This is partially why it is so important to check into a medical detox center before symptoms peak in severity.
The Physical Symptoms of Klonopin Withdrawal
The most common physical symptoms of Klonopin withdrawal include:
- Loss of appetite, which often leads to temporary weight loss.
- Body tremors/uncontrollable shaking.
- Severe and persistent headaches.
- Sleep-related issues (nightmares, trouble falling and staying asleep).
- Muscle aches and joint pain.
- Dizziness and unsteadiness/lack of coordination.
- Visual disturbances like blurry vision and light sensitivity.
- Ringing in the ears/tinnitus.
- In severe cases, grand mal seizures.
The Psychological Symptoms of Klonopin Withdrawal
The most common physical symptoms of Klonopin withdrawal include:
- Severe anxiety and panic attacks.
- Changes to mood, usually marked by irritability and agitation.
- Strange sensations throughout the body.
- Depressed mood and suicidal ideation.
- Difficulty concentrating and remembering things.
- Feelings of disconnection from reality.
- Visual and auditory hallucinations.
- Delusions and delirium.
- Changes to perception (things feel different than they normally would).
Because the physical and psychological symptoms of Klonopin withdrawal can be severe, entering into a medical detox center is always a good idea. At Immersion Recovery Center we offer professional medical and psychiatric care, geared towards effectively treating the symptoms associated with benzodiazepine withdrawal, no matter how severe.
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Length of Klonopin Withdrawal
How long does Klonopin withdrawal last? The duration of withdrawal symptoms depend on several factors, including how long you were misusing Klonopin, the dose you were taking and whether or not you have any underlying health concerns. In most cases, the symptoms begin within the first 24 hours after the final dose and last for between one and two weeks — sometimes longer.
The half-life of Klonopin is between 30 and 40 hours, meaning it takes a while for the drug to begin leaving the system. Because of the long half-life, withdrawal symptoms might not begin for one or two days after the final dose is taken. Acute symptoms typically resolve within the first two weeks, but if you were taking a particularly high dose for an extended period of time (over 6 months), acute symptoms can last for up to 8 full weeks.
Is Klonopin Detox Always Necessary?
The best way to minimize the severity of symptoms is by checking yourself into a medical detox center within hours after your final dose. Because symptoms associated with Klonopin withdrawal can be severe or life-threatening when left untreated, 24/7 medical care is always recommended. If you do end up experiencing a more severe symptom of Klonopin withdrawal — like a grand mal seizure — you will be treated immediately by a licensed professional. If you have only been taking Klonopin for a short period of time, you might be tempted to attempt detoxing at home. However, because the symptoms associated with Klonopin withdrawal are so unpredictable, it is never a good idea to try detoxing without constant medical supervision.
What Causes Klonopin Withdrawal?
Klonopin works by increasing GABA (gamma-Aminobutyric acid) activity within the brain. GABA is a neurotransmitter that reduces feelings of stress and anxiety by actively reducing the effects of other chemicals within the brain. Over time, the central nervous system becomes accustomed to the presence of Klonopin. A person who has been taking Klonopin will be unable to effectively battle anxiety without the help of the medication. If a person stops taking the medication abruptly they are liable to experience what is known as a “GABA crash” — brain activity goes haywire, and a host of uncomfortable symptoms develop. The person experiences extreme anxiety along with a range of physical symptoms.
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Treatment Options for Klonopin Withdrawal
The most effective and widely utilized method of Klonopin withdrawal is tapering. Tapering refers to the process of slowly weaning a person off of the medication, usually over the course of several weeks.
Medications Used to Treat Klonopin Withdrawal Symptoms
In addition to tapering, some medications might be administered. Over-the-counter pain relievers might be used to treat mild or moderate physical discomfort. Natural and non-addictive sleep aids like melatonin might be used to help with insomnia or sleeplessness. In the case of a pre-existing psychiatric disorder of particularly severe psychological withdrawal symptoms, an anti-anxiety medication or an antidepressant might be prescribed. Upon admission to medical detox, each client undergoes a detailed and personalized addiction assessment which helps the clinical and medical team determine which medications are going to be the most effective for each unique case.
Long-Term Klonopin Addiction Recovery
At Immersion Recovery Center we break our medical detox program down into three distinct stages: evaluation, stabilization and preparation. Upon admission to our detox program each client undergoes a detailed and in-depth addiction assessment, or evaluation. We ask a series of pertinent questions, including:
- What type of substance/substances were being used, and for how long?
- Have you ever been diagnosed or treated for an underlying mental or physical condition, such as a mental illness or chronic health concern?
- Have you undergone treatment for a substance use disorder in the past?
- What dose of Klonopin were you consuming on a daily basis?
The questions we ask during the initial assessment help our clinical and medical team determine which detox methods are the most appropriate for each unique case. Next, we focus our attention on physical stabilization. Clients are able to relax in their private or semi-private bedrooms, and they have the opportunity to participate in group workshops and behavioral therapy sessions if they are feeling up to doing so. The physical and psychological symptoms of Klonopin withdrawal are treated as soon as they develop, seeing as our team of licensed medical professionals are available 24-hours a day. Our main priority is making the Klonopin detox process as comfortable as possible. Once physical stabilization has been achieved, clients make a smooth transition into the next appropriate level of clinical care. In most cases, this means transitioning into a residential inpatient treatment center. At Immersion Recovery Center we offer a multi-staged program of recovery, which includes:
- Medically monitored detox
- Residential inpatient treatment
- Partial hospitalization (PHP)
- Intensive outpatient treatment (IOP)
Long-term Klonopin addiction recovery is possible. With an individualized and effective treatment program in place, even the most severe cases of addiction can be overcome. Contact us today to learn more or to get started with our simple and straightforward admissions process.
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Immersion Recovery Center provides a licensed, individualized and integrated detox program to people of all ages who have been struggling with addictive disorders of all types and severities. We offer a step-down curriculum of clinical care, designed to help our clients make a smooth and seamless transition from medical detox into the next level of care, and eventually back into independent living. We understand how difficult it might seem to choose the best drug and alcohol detox in Florida for your unique personal needs. Fortunately, we are available to help make the decision easier. The moment you contact us, either directly through our website or over the phone, you are put in touch with one of our experienced and compassionate Treatment Advisors. They ask a short series of questions, ultimately helping you determine which level of care is the most appropriate for your unique case. If we believe our program is a good fit we conduct a free, no obligation insurance benefit check and facilitate local travel to our Delray Beach, Florida treatment center. Contact us today to begin.