Treatment for Klonopin (Clonazepam) Addiction
Overcoming a Klonopin addiction requires several types of treatment. Some treatments help users get over the physical aspects of addiction, and others address the psychological ones.
People addicted to Klonopin start having withdrawal symptoms about one or two days after their last dose. Most users experience some level of anxiety, mood swings, depression and restlessness. At their most severe, Klonopin withdrawal symptoms can be fatal.
Medically supervised detox is essential for heavy Klonopin users.
Ongoing therapy and support groups continue after Klonopin detox. These treatments help former Klonopin users cope with drug cravings and co-occurring mental disorders.
Klonopin-Specific Treatment Centers
Thousands of people check into rehab for a Klonopin addiction every year. Finding the right Klonopin treatment center depends on the individual’s location, price and personal needs. Helpful treatment centers for a Klonopin addiction have physicians and certified mental health counselors on staff.
It his highly advised that individuals seeking treatment for Klonopin addiction meet with a trained addiction professional for an evaluation to determine the level of care for each individual. The following are a brief description of the various levels of care for Klonopin addiction treatment.
Inpatient rehab provides people addicted to Klonopin an environment with around-the-clock support and medical supervision. As many Klonopin users are also polydrug users, inpatient rehabs are equipped to treat multiple addictions and co-occurring mental health disorders.
The length of time in rehab depends on the severity of the Klonopin addiction in question. Most inpatient rehabs have programs that last 28, 60 or 90 days.
Typically, the longer someone has been using Klonopin, the longer their stay in rehab. Singer and songwriter Stevie Nicks spent 47 days at the Betty Ford Center for her Klonopin addiction. One person who recovered from their Klonopin addiction reported needing more than 90 days in inpatient rehab to break her addiction.
Not all inpatient rehabs offer the same treatment. Some might put a stronger focus on the 12 steps while others rely on counseling techniques like dialectical behavioral therapy. Klonopin users looking into rehab should make sure to research what each treatment center has to offer. It is important to call a treatment center and request an evaluation to determine the appropriate level of care based on the individual’s needs.
Some common treatments used in inpatient rehabs include:
- 12-step programs, such as AA and NA
- Individual and group family therapy
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Experiential therapy
- Dialectical behavioral therapy (DPT)
- Art therapy
- Recreational therapy
- Individual and group therapy
Inpatient rehabs follow a rigorous schedule focused on counseling and support groups. Most inpatient rehabs also offer activities to provide socialization and a chance to decompress. These activities might include trips outside the treatment center or visiting days with family and friends.
Ongoing Treatment and Relapse Prevention Strategies
Outpatient rehab may be a better fit for those diagnosed with a mild addiction to Klonopin. Outpatient rehab still offers medical detox and therapy, but patients are able to continue working and keep living at home.
Outpatient is best suited for individuals after they complete a proper detox and inpatient treatment stay. It is rarely recommended that someone start out with outpatient care if possible, because it is less likely to be successful. Almost everyone, especially due to the life-threatening potential Klonopin withdrawal, needs detox. The best probability of success is then stepping-down to inpatient or residential treatment, followed by PHP for 2-4 weeks, followed by outpatient for up to 3 months.
Once a former Klonopin addict completes inpatient or outpatient rehab, it’s important to continue counseling and/or group therapy.
Ongoing treatment for a Klonopin addiction provides a network of support and compassion for those in recovery. This is important because there will be days after rehab that are stressful, potentially tempting the person in recovery to take a Klonopin to relax.
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With just 30 days at a rehab center, you can get clean and sober, start therapy, join a support group, and learn ways to manage your cravings.
Some relapse prevention tips for former Klonopin users include:
Setting specific goals after rehab can give former addicts the resolve to stay sober. Making financial, spiritual and professional goals are all good ways to distract from temptations to use Klonopin. Even picking up a new hobby can stifle Klonopin cravings.
Attend counseling and meetings
Once a former Klonopin user is in recovery, it’s important to keep attending therapy or support groups. Regular attendance with a counselor or at a 12-step meeting gives people a place to vent frustrations and stay focused on their recovery.
Take care of yourself
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can make a big difference for people addicted to Klonopin. Eating healthy, exercising and getting good sleep all reduce stress and anxiety, factors that often lead to Klonopin abuse.
Those who have strong relationships with people they care about are often more likely to stay sober. Conversely, those who maintain relationships with the same people they partied or used drugs with are more likely to relapse.
Know your triggers
People in recovery from Klonopin addiction need to be aware of things that triggered their desire to use. Common triggers are anxiety and frustration, but could also be a person, place or thing related to past Klonopin abuse. Some triggers are unavoidable, so it’s good to be prepared for how to handle them.
We have to change everything about ourselves, and it’s worth it. Don’t keep painful or uncomfortable feelings inside. Talk about it, work the steps, help others, be willing to accept something bigger than yourself.
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Admitting that you need help getting off Klonopin is an important step toward getting sober. The next step is finding an inpatient or outpatient rehab that meets your needs. No matter your situation, there is a treatment center out there for you. There are also many options to help pay for treatment.
Getting help for a Klonopin addiction is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Treatment has changed the lives of countless people who now live happy, healthy lives in recovery.
My recovery is the most important thing in my life. I have a career in the performing arts, my lifelong passion. I have a good relationship with my family, wonderful friends, a beautiful loving relationship with the best man I have ever met, and I laugh real laughs every single day. I am a happy person. Not long ago I wanted to die.
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