Using Clonazepam to Cope with a Loved One’s Illness
Clonazepam is an opiate that produces calm in the user’s brain. This calm is helpful in patients suffering from anxiety, epilepsy, post-traumatic stress disorder and seizures, among other issues. While there are other opiates that are considered more addictive, clonazepam still has the same potential for abuse.
The primary reason for clonazepam addiction is the development of a tolerance to the drug. Patients who have been prescribed the drug may adjust to the effects of the drug and feel the need to increase the dosage to achieve the desired effect. Because of the potential for addiction, the drug is not typically prescribed for long-term use.
Addiction to Someone Else’s Prescription
When a loved one is using a prescription medication, it is often readily available for another resident of the home to try. If the prescription is for a rather large amount, a few missing pills may not be noticed. After a few uses, the desire to return to the drug may increase in strength. Clonazepam, after all, is known for its ability to produce a calming sensation in the brain.
This calming sensation can make it easier for a person who is having to watch his or her loved one suffer. Seeing an illness that requires such a drug firsthand might be difficult for a family member. In many cases, deadening feelings through drug use may seem like a legitimate escape.
On the other hand, some people, especially teenagers, enjoy recreational use of clonazepam, which can produce a potent, but dangerous, high when combined with other drugs and alcohol.
Regardless of the reasons for use, addiction to someone else’s prescription medication can occur quite easily. Just like any other addiction, use escalates as tolerance and dependence build. When addiction occurs, addicts may turn to illegal methods to obtain the drug, such as using street dealers or ethically suspect online pharmacies.
When a loved one is dealing with an illness, the last thing he or she needs is a family member also struggling with an addiction. The family must support their loved one, and a substance abuse situation greatly impairs one’s ability to do this. If an addiction begins to develop, prompt medical attention is necessary.
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