How Can I Tell If My Child Is High on Clonazepam?
Clonazepam is a benzodiazepine often prescribed to treat anxiety or insomnia. As with other benzodiazepines, clonazepam addiction can develop quickly. It isn’t always easy to tell when someone is abusing the drug, but there are common side effects that you may be able to observe.
Signs of Clonazepam Abuse
People metabolize and react to drugs in different ways, and no one clonazepam user is likely to experience all of the drug’s possible effects. Some observable effects associated with clonazepam include the following problems:
- Euphoria. The sense of happiness that some experience when taking clonazepam is the primary reason the drug is often abused. Although user experiences vary, the euphoric effects are often short lived.
- Drowsiness. When people abuse clonazepam they may yawn frequently or sleep more than normal.
- Lack of coordination. Clonazepam users may stumble, trip or run into things rather frequently as their motor skills are affected.
- Delayed reaction time. This can be especially dangerous when driving.
- Mental slowness. Cognitive difficulties may become apparent. Clonazepam users may lose their train of thought or have trouble understanding what is being said to them.
- Dizziness and lack of balance. If a clonazepam user is dizzy or having trouble with balance, others may notice him holding onto things to steady himself.
If you watch out for these signs, you may be able to identify clonazepam abuse before it becomes an addiction.
Clonazepam Hangover and Withdrawal Symptoms
Because clonazepam is a central nervous system depressant, the effects of being high on clonazepam are similar to being drunk. Like alcohol, clonazepam may cause hangover symptoms the day after indulging. Hangover-type symptoms include headaches, sluggishness and irritability.
When people develop an addiction or dependence on clonazepam, they experience withdrawal symptoms when the drug isn’t taken on a regular basis. Withdrawal symptoms are usually opposite in nature from the drug’s primary effects. Since clonazepam is a sedative, withdrawal symptoms are primarily stimulatory. The most common clonazepam withdrawal symptoms are anxiety and insomnia, but hallucinations, psychosis and seizures are also possible.
How to Treat Clonazepam Abuse in My Child
If you suspect your child is abusing clonazepam, we can discuss the issue with you and help you understand your options. We can check your insurance coverage and answer any questions you have. Our helpline is available 24 hours a day and is toll free, so there’s never a wrong time to call. Call now and let us help you help your child.