Tips for Finding Klonopin Withdrawal Help
Klonopin, a benzodiazepine medication commonly called clonazepam, is habit-forming and can cause a person to become dependent on the drug. While this can be a normal outcome of long-term drug use, it can also create intense withdrawal symptoms that can be difficult for people to get through alone. Below are some tips for finding klonopin withdrawal help.
Many people may need to attend formal Klonopin detox if they have begun to experience withdrawal symptoms. According to the NLM, Klonopin withdrawal can include symptoms such as:
- “New or worsening seizures”
- Stomach cramps
- Muscle cramps
- Changes in mood or behavior
- “Uncontrollable shaking of a part of your body”
Those who have been abusing Klonopin will need to attend this type of formal detox in order to slowly come off Klonopin use and to attend behavioral therapy. In these cases, those who become dependent on the drug are often experiencing cravings and addiction as well. Those who abuse Klonopin in order to get high will need to attend formal detox, often at an outpatient center but some may choose to attend inpatient detox.
How Do I Find These Facilities?
Detox facilities are all over the country at different pay rates and offering different treatments. According to SAMHSA, the majority of substance abuse treatment facilities are “partial free with a sliding fee scale.” This means that the patient may need to pay some of the amount for his or her detox but that the payment works on a scale instead of the person having to pay everything upfront. This can be highly necessary if the individual is having monetary issues.
Some ways to find these types of facilities are:
- Asking your doctor about detox facilities
- Going to a free clinic and asking the doctors and nurses there
- Researching klonopin detox facilities on Internet databases and choosing one based on your needs
- Visiting SAMHSA‘s treatment locator
- Calling your local government and asking about government funded detox facilities
However, if you are not addicted to or abusing Klonopin, you may still experience withdrawal symptoms. There are other ways to find help in this case.
Tapering Off Klonopin
If you hope to stop using Klonopin but have been using the drug for a while, discuss your needs with your doctor. Your doctor may want to switch you to another medication, but there will definitely be a tapering off process so that your withdrawal from Klonopin is not as intense. According to SAMHSA, “this taper may be conducted over several weeks or perhaps even months,” although it could take considerably less time depending on the patient.
Other tips for finding Klonopin withdrawal help include:
- Talk to your family and friends as withdrawal is a difficult process to go through alone.
- See a therapist or counselor if you are not already doing so in treatment.
- Discuss all matters with your doctor, especially if you were prescribed Klonopin in the first place.
- Attend Narcotics Anonymous or another kind of mutual-help group meeting if you are struggling with addiction. They can be found in almost any town and also online.