How Education Can Prevent Clonazepam Addiction
Clonazepam, sold under the brand name Klonopin, is a powerful benzodiazepine that is commonly prescribed for the short-term treatment of the following conditions:
- Panic attacks
- Generalized anxiety
- Muscle spasms due to withdrawal or disease
- Symptoms of schizophrenia
- Pre-operative sedation
As with other benzodiazepines, such as Valium or Prozac, clonazepam will give most users a mild high when first taken. It also provides relief of psychological symptoms very quickly. Users soon develop a tolerance to the drug, meaning they no longer experience the euphoria they had previously enjoyed. Many then increase the amount of the drug they take, or the frequency in which they take it, in order to feel the desired effects. Clonazepam is also used recreationally either by itself or as an ingredient in so-called “designer drug cocktails.” This kind of abuse almost always leads to full-blown addiction.
Improving Clonazepam Education to Prevent Addiction
Much of the information regarding clonazepam available is woefully inaccurate. One common belief is that the drug is safe and non-addictive. This is not true. One third of users who take the drug for over one month will become dependent on it to some extent. Improving education about the addictive potential of clonazepam in the following ways could significantly reduce abuse and addiction:
- Informing young people of the drug’s negative potential
- Working within the mental health industry to make sure doctors and patients understand the risks associated with clonazepam
- Motivating patients to share any history of substance abuse or addiction with their doctor
- Helping addicts and their families learn to recognize the symptoms of clonazepam addiction
- Letting addicts know where to turn for twenty-four hour help
Help for Clonazepam Addiction
If you are wrestling with a clonazepam addiction, or if you are concerned about the drug abuse of a friend or family member, please call our toll-free helpline today. Our counselors are always standing by with answers to your questions or to connect you with the best recovery programs for clonazepam addiction. These programs treat addiction though counseling, medical care, and education. Individuals will learn new coping and communication skills and will be well prepared for living drug-free for the rest of their lives.
Our counselors can also provide you with excellent educational materials about addiction in general and clonazepam in particular. If you are considering a conversation with an addicted friend or loved one call us for educational assistance and general moral support. We’re here to help addicts get off of clonazepam for good. Call now.