Klonopin is habit-forming for many people who use the drug. Addiction is a real threat for people who use the drug for just a few weeks. A benzodiazepine, addiction kicks in even when prescribed by a doctor. The receptors in the brain are blocked which reduces stress and anxiety. The brain cannot produce feelings of relaxation without it, so the person cannot function as before when not using the drug. This is a sign of dependence and addiction.
Signs of Abuse
When a person is using Klonopin, they may experience some of the following signs of abuse:
- Cravings for the drug
- Losing interest in hobbies, friends, or activities
- Legal issues
- Unable to quit even though they’ve expressed a desire to do so
The addiction kicks in when tolerance builds in the body. This comes from using the drug as prescribed, but noticing it does not have the same effects. Some people start taking more than prescribed, which ends with addiction in some cases. With tolerance comes withdrawal symptoms. If a person tries to quit once tolerance builds, they will experience negative side effects ranging from anxiety to seizures, which can be lethal for some people.
Effects of Klonopin
Klonopin is effective in treating medical problems such as epilepsy, but it is a potent drug with high potential for abuse. Any use of the drug can create dependence challenges. Klonopin depresses the central nervous system. This creates a short rush or ‘high,’ followed by a feeling of being intoxicated. Some people crush tablets into a fine powder and snort them which intensifies the effects. With abuse comes some of the following symptoms:
- Reduced libido
Respiratory failure is one side effect of using this drug. Some people abuse it because it produces hallucinatory effects.
While Klonopin can certainly help some people, it is also a drug that may be abused by some who become addicted. Some people may choose to drink alcohol while using Klonopin to enhance the effects. In combination, this may slow down a person’s nervous system to where they stop breathing. Cocaine may also cause some people who use these drugs to overestimate what they need and they risk overdose. Any polydrug use, or using two or more drugs at once, is risky and puts a person’s life in danger. For people who struggle with dependence or addiction, the best help is rehab to detox and move on from the effects of the drug.
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