The brand name Klonopin refers to clonazepam, which is an anti-anxiety medication in the benzodiazepine family. While clonazepam is often prescribed for anxiety, it is more often used for certain types of seizures.
Like all benzodiazepines, clonazepam can cause physical dependence. After a few months of daily use, it is recommended that discontinuation be managed through a gradual reduction of the dose. It is important not to stop using clonazepam abruptly, or you may experience withdrawals. If you suspect that a family member or friend is dependent on clonazepam or addicted to it, you should be on the watch for withdrawal symptoms, especially those that are potentially dangerous.
Clonazepam Withdrawal Symptoms
Some of the general withdrawal symptoms of clonazepam include the following:
- Dry mouth, extreme thirst
- Increased sweating and flushing
- Abdominal cramping with pain
- Bloating and belching
- Constipation, diarrhea, and hemorrhoids
- Indigestion or heartburn
- Nausea or vomiting
- Difficulty swallowing
- Bruising or swelling
- Weight fluctuations (gain and loss)
- Joint and muscle cramping, stiffness, weakness, and pain
- Dizziness or fainting
- Shortness of breath, coughing
- Laryngitis, bronchitis, sinusitis
- Dry lips or skin
- Eye irritation
- Abnormal or blurred vision
- Anxiety or excitability
Serious Clonazepam Withdrawal Symptoms
Clonazepam withdrawal can also bring about a wide array of more serious withdrawal symptoms that must be managed effectively, including:
- Increased or decreased heart rate, palpitations
- Gastrointestinal reflux or tumors
- Chest pains
- Elevated cholesterol
- Urinary tract infections
- Kidney stones
- Grand mal seizures
- Suicidal tendencies
Ultimately, an intervention is an opportunity for an addict to see how many people care about them and how much support they have. Friends and family members are letting the abuser know that their addictive behavior is having a negative impact on their lives as well as the abuser’s life. These same people are letting the addict know that they care enough to stop looking the other way, become involved, and provide support.
While there are no specific guidelines about what does and does not constitute an intervention, the Partnership for a Drug-Free America reminds us, “The point of any intervention is to ask the person to take concrete steps to address the problem and lead them to the help they need.”
For some people, simply having an informal discussion with a friend or loved one can motivate the abuser to seek help. By achieving this goal, that conversation could be considered an intervention. A more traditional intervention involves a structured group conversation undertaken with the supervision of a counselor, therapist, or other appropriate professional, with the express purpose of convincing the person to get help immediately.
Conducting an intervention is not easy, but no part of living with an addict is easy, and for many who overcome the obstacles associated with an intervention, their motivation is knowing that interventions can literally be life-saving.
National Intervention Referrals, a network of intervention professionals, claims that more than 90% of interventions performed under the direction of licensed specialists result in the addicted individual agreeing to enter a treatment program or enlisting in some other form of rehabilitation.
Clonazepam Intervention Help
Intervention is an effective strategy for many people who are addicted to drugs. However, planning and conducting an intervention is not always easy, and we can help. 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, and intervention. We want to partner with you in this process. Call us today at (877) 345-3279.