Symptoms of Klonopin withdrawal can be uncomfortable and dangerous without the help of medical professionals. Klonopin is the brand name for the benzodiazepine clonazepam. Doctors typically prescribe Klonopin for patients with panic disorders or seizures.
When abused, Klonopin can cause feelings of euphoria and deep relaxation that make some people want to misuse it. A tolerance can develop quickly, making it harder to achieve the high and leading to withdrawal without the drug. Even when taken as prescribed, you can develop a tolerance to Klonopin and experience withdrawal symptoms like rebound anxiety when you stop taking it.
Benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome is a cluster of symptoms that occur during benzo withdrawal. The type and intensity of Klonopin withdrawal symptoms is different for everyone. Possible benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms from Klonopin abuse include:
- Sleep disturbances
- Increased tension and anxiety
- Panic attacks
- Hand tremor
- Difficulty concentrating
- Memory problems
- Weight loss
- Irregular heart rate
- Muscular pain and stiffness
- Suicidal thoughts
The withdrawal process from benzodiazepines like Klonopin (clonazepam) can be uncomfortable and dangerous. It’s important you don’t attempt benzo detox without medical supervision.
Sometimes people who’ve regularly used sleeping pills or benzodiazepines for anxiety experience rebound effects when they stop taking the drug. This is a temporary return of the symptoms the benzodiazepines were helping manage. Sometimes the Klonopin withdrawal symptoms are very strong for several days. For example, benzos may be prescribed for anxiety and insomnia or panic disorders. Once you quit taking them, you may have rebound anxiety and insomnia. The central nervous system has gotten used to benzos depressing these symptoms. There can be a period of distress as your brain tries to re-balance itself without benzos.
The Klonopin withdrawal timeline may vary by individual situation. Your Klonopin withdrawal and detox process can be impacted by your physical make-up, whether you’re abusing other substances, amount of Klonopin used, and period of time you’ve been taking Klonopin.
Klonopin withdrawal symptoms typically begin six to eight hours after your last Klonopin dose and peak within 48 hours. It may take up to a week for uncomfortable symptoms to wane. The withdrawal timeline depends on:
- How long you’ve been using benzodiazepines
- The amount of benzos you abuse
- The type of benzo you’re abusing
- Your physical and mental health
- If you’re abusing other drugs and alcohol
You may experience lingering psychological symptoms for weeks or months. This is called protracted withdrawal syndrome or post-acute withdrawal. These symptoms might include:
- Sleep issues
- Low or fluctuating mood
Benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms can be uncomfortable and sometimes dangerous. Klonopin detox should be medically supervised. If you quit cold turkey without medical help, you could be at risk for issues like seizures, tremors, and muscle cramps.
Klonopin addiction often includes polydrug abuse, which means you’re misusing more than one substance to get high. Benzos are most commonly abused with opioids or alcohol. Abusing benzos with drugs and alcohol can make the withdrawal process potentially fatal if you stop taking Klonopin and other substances without medical interventions.
By nature, benzodiazepine abuse is dangerous. Benzos were linked to 7,000 overdose deaths in 23 states from January 2019 to June 2020. Medical detox is the first step in recovery from benzodiazepine addiction.
Medical detox helps ease clonazepam withdrawal symptoms. Going through Klonopin detox in a treatment center ensures you’re safe and as comfortable as possible during the detox process. A drug and alcohol rehab will also provide behavioral therapy approaches after detox that will help you maintain long-term recovery.
A common approach for benzo detox involves tapering clonazepam in patients dependent on the drug. This is a gradual decrease of your Klonopin dose. It may also include interventions such as:
- Gradual reduction with a long or short half-life benzo
- Switching to non-benzo anti-anxiety medication
- Supplementing with antidepressants or anticonvulsants
Some research finds gradually quitting Klonopin with medical supervision over at least 10 weeks is ideal. This approach has supported long-term abstinence from benzo abuse.
At Footprints to Recovery, benzo detox is personalized to your situation. After a thorough assessment of your physical health and substance abuse history we’ll determine the best drug detox approach. Our physicians will ease benzo withdrawal symptoms with safe, clinically backed interventions. Nurses will regularly assess your vital signs and comfort level while you undergo drug detox in a home-like setting with comfortable beds and furnishings.
Klonopin treatment doesn’t end with drug detox. Professional treatment for Klonopin addiction and abuse is the next step. After detox, you’ll transition into a recovery program to address the issues that led to your substance use disorder. These often include challenges like:
- Mental health disorders (co-occurring disorders or a dual diagnosis)
- Complex trauma and PTSD
- Grief and loss
- Poor coping skills and self-worth issues
- Dysfunctional attachment styles in relationships
You’ll also learn healthy coping skills through behavioral therapy and other approaches so you’re prepared to manage difficulties without drugs and alcohol when you return to everyday life.
Substance abuse and mental health treatment may include:
- Individual, group, and family therapy
- Medication management
- Fitness and nutrition
- Mindfulness and yoga
- Art and music therapy
- Trauma therapies like EMDR
- 12-step involvement
- Relapse prevention training
Does Insurance Cover Rehab?
Drug and alcohol detox programs may be covered by your insurance. Many insurance plans consider alcohol and drug detox a medical necessity. Your insurance may also cover substance abuse treatment. Footprints to Recovery works with several insurance providers. Call our recovery advisors for a free insurance benefits check. We’ll work directly with your insurance company to determine if your insurance will pay for treatment and find out about any out-of-pocket costs to you.
Footprints to Recovery has helped thousands of clients and their loved ones recover from substance abuse. We’ll make sure you’re safe and comfortable during benzo detox. From there, we’ll craft a personalized treatment plan to help you take back your life. We offer a full continuum of care that includes:
- Medical detox
- Inpatient rehab
- Partial hospitalization
- Intensive outpatient programs
- Outpatient treatment
- Sober living residences
Call us today for a free, confidential consultation.