What Happens When Clonazepam Addicts Don’t Get Treatment
Clonazepam belongs to the family of benzodiazepine drugs. These sedative-hypnotic drugs are prescribed primarily for the treatment of anxiety, nervousness, tension and seizures, as they slow the central nervous system down and reduce the symptoms associated with such disorders. Although clonazepam is a dependable drug for treating “as-needed” issues, long-term use can result in serious side effects including addiction. Most users that are prescribed clonazepam take the drug for a particular event when needed such as times of elevated work related stress, social pressure, traumatic death in the family or fear of flying.
Clonazepam Tolerance and Dependence
One problem with clonazepam is that because it is a sedative-hypnotic, the brain can quickly build tolerance to the drug. This results in higher amounts being needed to attain desired effects. Clonazepam acts quickly and can be effective at managing symptoms. However, because of the way it reacts in the brain, it usually only works for four to six weeks, before the desired effects begin to taper off. Clonazepam tolerance leads to dependence and withdrawal symptoms. Both of these contribute to addiction, and this is why it is recommended that clonazepam only be used for a short amount of time.
Clonazepam Withdrawal Symptoms
Users that are trying to kick clonazepam addiction can expect to experience withdrawal symptoms ranging from typical to severe. Some of the typical withdrawal symptoms associated with clonazepam include the following:
Users that have been taking clonazepam for a long period of time or in large doses can expect more serious withdrawal symptoms such as the following:
- Status epilepticus
- Musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal or neurological damage
When an addict has had a long-term relationship with clonazepam, he or she should never stop use without the help of a doctor or treatment facility program.
Untreated Clonazepam Addiction
People that are addicted to clonazepam or any other benzodiazepine type drug are in danger of using other more powerful drugs. Although clonazepam is usually not associated directly with overdose or death, it is often used in combination with other drugs such as alcohol, methadone or heroin. These combinations increase the side effects and dangers of all substances involved. A clonazepam user that continues a lifestyle of substance abuse will not get better without treatment. Clonazepam use will become an endless cycle of tolerance and withdrawal patterns.
Clonazepam Addiction Help
If you or someone you know is addicted to clonazepam, there is hope and help. Call our toll-free helpline to learn more about clonazepam addiction and the treatment options available. We are here to help. Break free from addiction today.