In a recent emergency room survey conducted by SAMHSA, it was found that the most commonly abused prescription-based drugs were sedative-hypnotics. Out of those sedative-hypnotic types, benzodiazepines—like clonazepam—made up the majority.
How is Clonazepam Abused?
Clonazepam was originally developed as a drug to treat patients with seizures or anxiety disorders, such as panic attacks. Due to its calming effects, clonazepam is a highly effective drug for such treatment.
Although clonazepam can be effective for treating disorders, it is usually prescribed for acute symptoms. Patients who try to take the drug on a long-term basis usually find themselves needing to take more to feel any effects. As a result, patients can become easily addicted and will suffer from withdrawal symptoms.
People who abuse clonazepam and are trying to quit are best advised to wean themselves off gradually because of the many withdrawal effects associated with quitting abruptly. However, some people will continue down the vicious cycle of abuse so as not to experience their original symptoms or the difficulties of withdrawal.
Recreational Use of Clonazepam
Abusers of clonazepam do not typically use it as their sole drug of choice. Abusers may treat it as a “secondary” drug to be used in conjunction with alcohol and other drugs because of its calming effects—for example, to ease the feelings of coming off a cocaine “high.” Some people will also combine it with drugs like methadone to increase the effects. Any abusive combination can be dangerous.
Clonazepam comes in a pill form that is intended to be taken orally. However, abusers who want immediate effects will crush it and snort it like cocaine. This results in the drug entering the blood stream almost immediately, giving an instant “high” or intended “low.” Abusers may also inject clonazepam, but this is less common.
Are You Addicted to Clonazepam?
Clonazepam (also known by the brand name Klonopin) is one of the most widespread and readily available drugs today. Continual use can result in physical and psychological damage and dependence.
There are thousands of people who have abused drugs, gone through treatment, and now live normal, healthy lives. If you or someone you know is a consistent, long-time clonazepam user, most likely he or she is an addict or is quickly becoming one.
There is hope. Please call our toll free number today. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about clonazepam addiction treatment. We are here to help.