What is Klonopin?
Klonopin is the brand name of the generic drug clonazepam. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, clonazepam is generally used to treat anxiety and panic disorders, though it can also be prescribed for the treatment of sleep-related issues (like insomnia) and for the treatment of severe symptoms associated with alcohol withdrawal. NAMI also suggests that individuals who take clonazepam exactly as prescribed are at risk of experiencing several known side effects, including dizziness, drowsiness, lightheadedness, fatigue, a lack of coordination and difficulty concentrating. Even when this medication is taken at the appropriate dose for a relatively short period of time, physical and psychological dependence has been known to occur.
An article published by the Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine titled, “Prescription Sedative Misuse and Abuse” explains that in order for Klonopin addiction treatment to be truly effective it must combine hospitalization (during withdrawal) with ongoing behavioral counseling and relapse prevention training. The article mentions that the most effective methods of prescription sedative withdrawal are often tapering and an extended stay at an inpatient detox facility, where symptoms can be closely monitored. At CuraSouth we offer an integrated detox program that focuses on effective treatment and preparing each client for the next appropriate level of clinical care.