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Treatment for the Underlying Causes of Clonazepam Addiction

Treatment for the underlying causes of clonazepam addictionClonazepam is a prescription drug commonly used to treat panic disorders and seizures. Clonazepam, among other benzodiazepines, can produce a high tolerance, meaning more pills are required to produce the same level of treatment. Over time, an addiction to clonazepam can develop. Users often find that they must increase their dosage in order to achieve the same effects.

Often times they will experience withdrawal symptoms if they miss a dose of clonazepam, further carrying out the addiction. Withdrawal from clonazepam must take place under the supervision of medical staff. Withdrawal should be carried out gradually in order to reduce the risk of potentially serious side effects. Withdrawal will begin in the 24-72 hour time period. Symptoms will reach maximum intensity at about 5-7 days. Symptoms include the following:

  • Abdominal pain, vomiting
  • Aching
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anxiety
  • Blurred vision
  • Body vibrations
  • Changes in perception
  • Diarrhea
  • Distended abdomen
  • Feeling of unreality
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Food cravings
  • Hair loss
  • Heart palpitations
  • Heavy limbs
  • Increased allergies
  • Insomnia
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of balance
  • Metallic taste
  • Muscle spasms
  • Nightmares
  • Panic attacks
  • Paranoia
  • Persistent and unpleasant memories
  • Severe headaches
  • Shaking
  • Short term memory loss
  • Sore mouth and tongue
  • Sound and light sensitivity
  • Speech difficulties
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Tinnitus
  • Tremors

Often coupled with an addiction, there may also be a diagnosis of a mental health issue. This is called a Dual Diagnosis. In order for recovery to be successful, you will need treatment for both the addiction and the co-occurring disorder. According to a study done by the Journal of American Medicine Association, 53% of drug abusers also have at least one mental illness. The most common psychiatric disorders commonly found among drug users are  the following:

  • Depressive disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Other disorders such as schizophrenia and personality disorders.

When dealing with a Dual Diagnosis, both the emotional issue and the addiction should be treated simultaneously. However, the first thing that must be addressed is the substance dependence. This means that treatment should begin with a period for the body to cleanse itself from the toxins that have built up in your system. Clonazepam withdrawal should take place under the supervision of trained medical staff.

Seeking Treatment for Clonazepam Addiction?

If you are seeking treatment for clonazepam addiction, please call our toll-free helpline. Counselors are standing by 24 hours to assist you with treatment needs. They can even check your insurance coverage to see what will be paid for you. A Dual Diagnosis requires special treatment, let us help. Call today.