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Klonopin is a benzodiazepine prescription drug that is given to patients with anxiety disorders and as an anti-convulsant. It is a sedative and a controlled substance due to the risk of addiction and abuse.
Klonopin reduces stress and agitation by blocking certain receptors in the brain. Once someone is addicted to this medication, their brain cannot produce these feelings of calm and relaxation without it. This physical dependence leaves them unable to quit or to function normally without the drug.
- Constant cravings
- The person continues using the drug despite negative consequences
- Wanting to quit, but not being able to
- Loss of interest in obligations
- Isolation from friends and family
- Experiencing financial or legal issues
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When someone continues to abuse Klonopin, it reduces their body’s ability to produce naturally-occurring chemicals. Withdrawal symptoms set in as a result of this imbalance once they stop taking the drug. These symptoms often drive the user to continue to abuse the substance.
In rehab, the patient can be assessed and then entered into a detox program to help them safely withdraw from the substance and normalize their body function. Once close-to-normal function has been restored, the patient is ready to begin therapy.
Treatment methods such as motivational interviewing, cognitive-behavioral therapy and motivation incentives are utilized to help the patient break their mental dependence on the drug. Addicts learn that by taking the drug, their problems can be dealt with, ultimately forming a mental dependence due to the lack of coping skills. The patient is given alternative coping skills so that they can deal with the problems in their life without having to consume drugs.
Relapse prevention is another crucial part of a Klonopin addiction treatment program. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, as many as 40 to 60 percent of recovering addicts relapse after drug treatment. Relapse prevention is about being aware of the stages of relapse so that when temptations arise, the right steps can be taken to avoid relapse.
Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs: Inpatient treatment requires patients to reside at the rehab facility for a set period of time. Typical residential rehab programs can last anywhere from 30 to 90 days. This form of treatment offers many benefits, including:
- More supervision
- A safe environment to recover
- No outside distractions
- Scheduled daily activities
- Intensive individual and group therapy throughout the day
For patients with serious and long-term addictions, and a history of relapse, inpatient treatment is often the best and most recommended approach.
Outpatient Rehab: Outpatient drug and alcohol treatment allows recovering addicts to come to the rehab facility for therapy sessions and group activities. They may continue to go to school or work, but if their home environment is not suited for recovery, then outpatient rehab programs are not advised.
The addiction treatment plan that works for one person will not necessarily work for another. Everyone has different needs, therefore, each patient should be treated as an individual case, and the treatment plan should be designed for them specifically. This will ensure the best treatment results.
For example, if a patient does not respond well to motivational incentives as a therapeutic method (a patient is given incentives for positive behavior), then maybe motivational interviewing (in which a patient is allowed to talk about their behavioral issues at their own pace) may be more effective.
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Last updated on April 7th, 2017 at 08:10 pm