Treatment for Clonazepam Addiction and Mood Disorders
Clonazepam is a psychotropic benzodiazepine used to treat anxiety and mood disorders. As with all benzodiazepines, one-third of all patients who take clonazepam for over four weeks will become dependent on it. Breaking clonazepam addiction is particularly challenging as it is used by people with an obvious psychological disorder. Getting clean is a very important but risky endeavor that should not be undertaken alone.
The Nature of Clonazepam Addiction
Clonazepam enhances the effects of naturally occurring “feel-good” chemicals. While present the brain stops creating its own supply of these chemicals, and the user grows dependent upon the drug to feel normal. The body also develops a tolerance to clonazepam, meaning the user will need increasingly larger doses to feel the desired effects. But, clonazepam also gives the user a euphoric high as it washes over the pleasure center of the brain. The brain will crave this feeling and will re-wire neurological circuits to reinforce any thoughts or behaviors that get it. The result is a powerful psychological addiction that is often much more difficult to beat than the physical addiction.
Clonazepam recovery is difficult because it treats psychological or psychiatric disorders. These anxiety or mood disorders are often the result of imbalances in the fragile chemistry of the brain. The drug treats the symptoms of these imbalances, but as the patient develops a tolerance to the drug its efficacy diminishes. Treating these disorders simultaneously with the addiction is the only way users will find long-term recovery and healing.
Treatment for Clonazepam Addiction
The most effective treatment for clonazepam addiction is a holistic approach that treats body, mind and spirit. Physical addiction is confronted through medically supervised detox. During this process the most difficult symptoms of withdrawal are relieved through the careful administration of medications. During this time the well-being of the addict is carefully monitored as clonazepam withdrawal can be particularly dangerous. Detox can last from a few days to several weeks.
The next step in the recovery process is the holistic, integrated rehab of the user’s mind. This process takes considerably longer than physical detox but is of paramount importance. Psychological addiction is responsible for more relapses than physical addiction. A wide variety of therapeutic approaches may be employed including these examples:
- Support group environment
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy
- 12-step programs
- Exotic treatments like equine or hydro therapy
- Preparation for life beyond addiction
- Spiritual care
Rehab continues after residential care in the form of sponsor relationships, support groups and ongoing counseling. This process can last several months, years or even a lifetime.
Get Help for Clonazepam Addiction and Mood Disorders
If you have become dependent on clonazepam, or fear you may be heading toward dependence, call us immediately. Our 24 hour, toll-free helpline is operated by specially trained addiction experts who are eager to talk to you, hear your story, answer your questions and help you find the help you need. Getting clean from clonazepam can be scary. Do not try to get clean on your own. We can help you find freedom from the drug and the mood disorders that sent you to it. We’re ready to help when you’re ready to pick up the phone and give us a call.