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The Klonopin High: More Dangerous Than Cocaine?

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When it comes to prescription drug addictions, we hear a lot about opioids like Hydrocodone, Oxy, and Fentanyl. After all, there’s an epidemic sweeping the country. These drugs were responsible for more than 30,000 overdose deaths in 2016 alone. It’s no wonder they make headlines. We also hear horror stories about Xanax and Valium. However, there is another highly addictive script we should all be wary of. It’s called Klonopin.

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Klonopin may not get a lot of coverage in the news, but it is still one of the most dangerous and widely abused prescription pills in the United States. In fact, the most current data available reports that almost 24 million prescriptions were written for this medication in 2015. This is up from just 12 million in 2005. If you are among the millions of Americans using this prescription tranquilizer, beware.

So, what is Klonopin? What is that makes it such a terrifying substance of abuse? Let’s discuss this drug in greater depth. If you’re experimenting with it, you should have all the facts. If you’re addicted, you’re going to need help to quit.

What is Klonopin Prescribed for

What Is Clonazepam?

Klonopin is the brand name for a generic prescription drug called “Clonazepam.” We will use these two words interchangeably in this article. It is classified as an anti-epileptic drug used to treat seizures, panic attacks, and anxiety. It is also considered a central nervous system (or CNS) depressant. It is administered orally in pill form.

Like Valium and Xanax, Clonazepam is a benzodiazepine. Benzos interact with the brain by enhancing the gamma-aminobutyric acid neurotransmitter, more mercifully known as “GABA.” GABA’s main function is to inhibit particular functions of the brain. This helps reduce nerve activity. It slows down over-activity and soothes the mind.

The rapid firing of neurons in the brain is what often leads to seizures and panic attacks. Those who have epilepsy or seizure disorders need an increase in GABA production. It also helps quiet the feeling of anxiety for those who suffer from panic attacks, PTSD, and other anxiety disorders. Plus, as a CNS depressant, this drug slows down the brain and calms the central nervous system. This produces a tranquilizing effect.

Klonopin vs Xanax: What’s the Differenc

What’s the Difference Between Klonopin and Xanax?

Like other benzos, Clonazepam and Xanax both have a similar effect on the body. These are among the most commonly abused benzos. They’re both CNS depressants that interact with the neurotransmitter GABA. They both reduce symptoms of anxiety. And, both produce a calming effect that can help the body slow down a bit.

Despite their similarities, though, they’re generally prescribed to treat different conditions. Klonopin, for instance, is mostly used to combat panic attacks and seizures. Xanax, on the other hand, is primarily used to treat anxiety. However, both medications are often prescribed by doctors to treat insomnia.

Also, these drugs affect the body differently in terms of half-life. Xanax is fast-acting. It is released into the bloodstream almost immediately. And, the body starts to push it out of your system in about one to two hours. The medicine’s effects are intense and short-lived. Usually, the drug starts to wear off in about four to six hours.

Klonopin is slower acting than Xanax and it is not as powerful. It requires more time for the drug to take effect because the half-life is greater. This means it takes about four hours for the body to start processing it out of your system. As a result, the lingering effects of the drug are much longer. Users say they feel drugged for up to 12 hours.

The Klonopin High

Zombies and Blackouts: The Klonopin High

Many people abuse Clonazepam. They either misuse their own prescribed medication, take other people’s, or they buy it on the street. Those who love this drug say they take it because it makes them feel fantastic. The high from popping Klonopin is similar to being intoxicated on alcohol, stoned on weed, or blissfully sedated. It is very calming, soothing, and relaxing.

As with most other benzodiazepines, the Klonopin high results from the slowing of internal functions. Breathing, coordination, mental processes, and perception of the world all slacken to a snail’s pace. For some, this can be an enjoyable experience.

But, if you’re looking to experience the kind of euphoria produced by opioids or party drugs, Klonopin is bound to disappoint. The high from Clonazepam has been described as feeling a mild to moderate sedation. This is why most people take a handful of pills – because they want to maximize their pleasure.

While many enjoy the Klonopin high, others say they hate the way it makes them feel. Many people say it puts them into a zombie-like state. They feel as if they are paralyzed and can’t move. Others have said it makes it feel like their brain is on fire or they are being electrocuted. It also causes many users to blackout. Doesn’t sound like much fun, does it?

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The Klonopin And Alcohol Cocktail: A Deadly Combo

Many people who abuse this drug mix it with other drugs, especially alcohol. The effects of this benzo are intensified by mixing it with other substances, which is why users like to do it. However, we should mention that mixing this drug with alcohol, in particular, can be extremely dangerous.

Both substances are CNS depressants. This lowers the functioning of essential processes like breathing and heart regulation. Clonazepam slows down the system. Alcohol slows down the system. When mixed, they work together to increase this process of slowing down. This means you could stop breathing or your heart could stop beating.

If you are taking Clonazepam for kicks, stay away from the alcohol. Mixing these two substances together means taking a gamble with your life.

Klonopin Overdose

Proper Doses of Clonazepam

Following your doctor’s exact orders when taking Klonopin is critical. Even the slightest change in dosage can result in physical dependency, which will send you down a road you don’t want to go down. (We’ll talk more about Clonazepam addiction in a bit).

The general Clonazepam dosage guidelines are as follows:

For seizures – Adults and children 10 or older will likely first receive 0.5-milligram doses three times a day. Your doctor might decide to adjust this dose as they see fit to 1 mg or 2 mg pills. More often than not, doses won’t exceed more than 20 mg a day. (This is a high dose).

For panic disorders – Dosage for adults will start with 0.25 mg twice a day. Your doctor, once again, may change your dose depending on your condition. In most cases, it won’t be any more than 4 mg per day.

If you’ve missed a dose, you should take it as soon as you can, but do not double dose. If it’s almost time for your next dose, just wait. It’s important that you do not double dose this medication. Doing so may increase the risk of dependency, adverse effects, and eventual Klonopin addiction. People who take Clonazepam to get high are at the greatest risk for overdose. Those who take the drug recreationally don’t know how much is too much. They end up taking way more than they should. We want to remind you that you should only take this drug if it has been prescribed by a doctor for a legitimate medical condition.

Klonopin Side Effects

What Are The Klonopin Side Effects?

Popping a few of these pills comes with an extensive list of side effects. These can be extremely intense and may even lead to permanent physical damage.

Here is a long list of the Clonazepam side effects:

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Hives
  • Loss in sexual desire and ability
  • Swelling around the lips, face, tongue, and eyes
  • Heavier bleeding
  • Irritated skin
  • Double vision
  • Loss of taste
  • Stomach pain
  • Tunnel vision
  • Hair loss
  • Feeling like you or your surroundings are constantly moving
  • Poor coordination
  • Loss of voice
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Shakiness
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Bloody urine
  • Muscle aches
  • Shivering
  • Nervousness
  • Lower back pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sweating
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Vomiting

Some of these side effects could be considered a medical emergency. The takeaway from all this? This medication can have some pretty nasty side effects, which will only get worse if you abuse it. Plus, they can be life-threatening. You’re better off if you don’t take the stuff in the first place.

Klonopin Long-Term Side Effects

What Are The Long-Term Effects of Klonopin Abuse?

With regard to the long-term impacts of Clonazepam abuse, there’s still quite a bit of research that needs to be performed. After all, it only came onto the market in 1975. Benzodiazepines in general, however, have been the subject of many studies. The long-term side effects of abusing this type of substance can be quite sobering.

Multiple studies have found that prolonged benzodiazepine abuse may result in a wide variety of long-term physical and cognitive side effects. These include:

  • Impaired reaction time
  • Decreased sensory perception
  • Slower reasoning
  • Damaged visual-spatial cognizance
  • Deteriorated short-term and long-term memory
  • Weakened judgment
  • Poorer information processing
  • Compromised immune system
  • Heightened risk of mood disorders like depression
  • Irreparably altered sleep patterns
  • Lack of restraint (psychologically, socially, emotionally, and physically)
  • Sexual dysfunction

The most notable long-term side effect of this drug is addiction. Let’s talk about this.

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Is Klonopin Addictive?

Like opioids, benzodiazepines are highly addictive substances. When you take this medication (whether you are using it recreationally or as prescribed by a doctor), Klonopin tolerance will inevitably happen. Before you know it, you will be in the throes of a full-fledged addiction.

Let’s go into Clonazepam tolerance in greater depth. This is a powerful substance. When you take a medication like this on a regular basis, your body gets used to it. In the beginning, you only need a little bit of it to feel the tranquilizing effects. Over time, you will get used to the way the drug affects your body. This means you need more to get the same effect you got from the medication in the beginning.

If you are taking Klonopin for a legitimate reason, you will begin upping your dose so you can still benefit from the drug. If you are taking it to get high, you will take more to feel the rush you once enjoyed. In the end, anyone who takes Clonazepam for any length of time will experience tolerance. Tolerance leads to addiction.

What Happens if You Get Addicted to Clonazepam?

If you are hooked on Klonopin, you are in trouble. The drug adversely affects the way the mind and body work. Just like many other prescription pills, this medication can have adverse health effects long after you stop taking it.

Also, your life will quickly become unmanageable if you abuse tranquilizers. Here are a few examples:

  • Your work or school performance will take a hit.
  • Your relationships with the people you care about will suffer.
  • You will become unreliable and irresponsible.
  • You will likely drive under the influence, putting your life and the lives of other drivers in jeopardy.
  • You can spend a lot of money on this habit.
  • You might put yourself in unsafe situations.
  • You are likely to buy this drug illegally, which could lead to a felony arrest.
  • You will lose yourself in a haze of sedation to the point that you will become someone you do not recognize.
  • You will perform actions and say things you do not remember, which can have detrimental consequences.

To be clear, abusing this drug never leads to a good place.

Celeb Stevie Nicks Talks About Klonopin Addiction

Take a lesson from Fleetwood Mac’s lead singer Stevie Nicks. She calls Klonopin a “horrible, dangerous drug” that is deadlier than coke. In case you didn’t know, Nicks was once hopelessly addicted to cocaine. Ironically, she was prescribed this medication from a psychiatrist who recommended that she use it to stay away from coke.

Nicks said Clonazepam made her feel as if “somebody opened up a door and pushed me into hell.” She also told Newsweek in 2011, “What started happening was that if I didn’t take it, my hands started to shake.” Thankfully, Nicks is now completely drug-free.

In this 2001 video, Nicks talks about her addiction to Klonopin:

Klonopin Withdrawal

What You Should Expect From Klonopin Withdrawal

When your body builds a tolerance to a certain substance, it becomes dependent on it to function. Continued use of addictive prescription medications like Clonazepam means you cannot stop taking the stuff on your own – even if you have a desperate desire to do so. If you do quit, you will experience Klonopin withdrawal (also known as “detox” or “detoxification”). You could also be putting your life at risk.

Withdrawal is basically your body’s reaction to suddenly stopping the use of an addictive substance. You might think of it as your body’s way of expressing its anger toward you. When you detox, you will experience certain symptoms.

To put it mildly, the symptoms of Klonopin withdrawal aren’t pretty. In fact, many people like Stevie Nicks consider Clonazepam withdrawal symptoms to be even more unbearable than those of “harder” drugs like heroin.

Users going through withdrawal from this benzodiazepine may experience:

  • Cravings
  • Body aches
  • Tremors
  • Extreme anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Irritability
  • Reduced coordination
  • Sweating
  • Chills
  • Mental confusion
  • Fatigue
  • A lack of focus and motivation
  • Insomnia and sleep disturbances
  • Nightmares
  • Seizures
  • Coma or death in some cases

Most people want to know, “How long does Klonopin withdrawal last?” This question is not an easy one to answer. Everybody is different. The length and severity of these symptoms vary from person to person. But, you should know there are two phases to Klonopin withdrawal.

The Two Phases of Clonazepam Withdrawal

Acute Withdrawal Syndrome is the first phase. This lasts from five days to two weeks. During this period, symptoms will be the most unpleasant and even dangerous. Make no mistake about it. You can experience seizures and other health complications when you stop taking this drug. This is why you should never stop taking it without medical supervision.

Post-Acute Withdrawal (also known as Protracted Withdrawal Syndrome) is the second phase. This can last anywhere from two weeks to as long as six months. Yes, it can take that long to completely stabilize after prolonged use of this drug. However, with time, symptoms continue to decrease in severity.

One of the most common results of stopping the use of Clonazepam is extreme anxiety. This is because the medication stops the brain from producing its own natural anxiety-inhibitors. It takes a while to start producing them again in the absence of a tranquilizer. This feeling of panic often drives users to return to the drug to relieve their anxiety.

How Long Does Klonopin Stay In Your System?

A lot of people want to know how long Clonazepam stays in your system. This is usually because they want to pass a drug test. You should know that drug tests for employers or corrections officers are more sophisticated than ever. The only way to be sure you will pass a drug test is, of course, not to used drugs. But you already knew that!

When taking a drug test, you will either give a urine, hair, blood or saliva sample. Luckily, benzodiazepines generally leave the body pretty quickly. This is because they are water-soluble and are quickly flushed out by the water in your body.

But, how long it takes any drug to get out of your system depends on a few factors. These include:

  • Your overall health
  • Your body’s ability to flush toxins (liver function)
  • Your metabolism
  • Age
  • Bodyweight
  • How much you have been using
  • How long you have been using
  • If you have been using other drugs
  • Genetics

Nevertheless, here are some basic guidelines when it comes to how long it takes to get Klonopin out of your system:

Saliva: Between 18-60 hours

Blood: Up to five days

Urine: Approximately two weeks to one month

Hair: About four to six months

You should always assume this benzo is going to get out of your system later rather than sooner.

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What Is It Like To Detox Off Clonazepam Cold Turkey?

Truth be told, you don’t want to know what it’s like to detox from this addictive drug cold turkey. It’s just too painful, unpleasant, and dangerous. This is why professional detoxification is recommended if you want to quit. With medical detox, you will put the withdrawal process in the hands of trained addiction experts. They are skilled at making the process safe and comfortable.

During medical detox, you will be monitored and evaluated at a treatment facility or detoxification center by qualified staff members. You will be given medications that will ensure your comfort and safety. Plus, you will be in a safe, secure environment that will support ongoing abstinence.

Recovery From Klonopin Addiction

You may have tried to quit taking this drug on your own many times, only to be unsuccessful. The recovery rate for stopping the use of this benzodiazepine without help is extremely low. Most people have to be navigated through the withdrawal process so they can resist cravings.

Also, most people find that they need to go to drug rehab to sustain long-term, ongoing recovery. Reports indicate that the number of people checking themselves into rehab for benzos has increased by almost 300 percent in the last ten years.

If you are hooked on this powerful benzodiazepine, get help so you can get your life back on track. Take it from Stevie Nicks, who has expressed continued regret that she wasted so many years of her life in a Clonazepam haze. If you’re taking this drug recreationally, stop now – before the drug grabs you by the soul and won’t let go.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Klonopin Prescribed to Treat?

Klonopin is a prescription medication that is often sold under the generic name, clonazepam. It is a benzodiazepine drug that is FDA approved to treat panic disorder in patients who may or may not also have agoraphobia. This medication may also be used to treat seizure disorders and sleeping problems as well.

Many doctors advocate for using Klonopin to treat alcohol withdrawal as well. It can help with many of the symptoms that people frequently experience when they stop drinking, such as anxiety. This medication can also help to reduce the risk of seizures in people who are or could be in danger of delirium tremens.

As with many other similar medications, Klonopin can be highly effective when it is being used properly. But it is a controlled substance, which means that there are risks involved with taking it. This drug can be abused and it can also lead to addiction.

Is There Anything I Need to Know About Taking Klonopin?

Because Klonopin is a controlled substance, you must be very careful when taking this medication. Make sure to follow your doctor’s instructions exactly; otherwise, you could be putting yourself at risk for an overdose if you take too much at one time.

Other information you need to know includes:

  • Please do not attempt to drive a car or operate heavy machinery until you know how you are affected when taking Klonopin. You may find that it makes you feel dizzy or tired.
  • You may find that your anxiety levels improve relatively quickly after you start taking Klonopin. You may feel better within a few days.
  • Benzodiazepines can be addictive even when they are being taken properly. Because of this, it is recommended for people to take them for short periods of time. Talk with your doctor about the appropriate length of time for you to be taking Klonopin.
  • Do not stop taking Klonopin without talking with your doctor. They may want to wean you off it slowly to decrease the severity of any withdrawal symptoms you might experience.
  • Talk with your doctor before taking any type of opioid pain medication, such as Oxycodone or Percocet. Taking these two types of medications together has been linked to serious side effects, some of which can be fatal.
  • Always avoid drinking alcohol when taking Klonopin.

How do People Abuse Klonopin?

Most people who abuse Klonopin do so without realizing they are abusing it. They may not even realize that this medication can be addictive if it is abused. Most of the time, people misuse it by simply taking too many pills at one time. They may have started to notice that their usual dose does not work as well as it once did. To get better results, they increase their dose without talking with their doctor.

But this medication is a well-known recreational drug as well. It is often heralded for its long-lasting sedative properties, and it is frequently sold on the streets under many different street names, such as:

  • Tranks
  • Benzos
  • Pin
  • Kpin
  • Klons
  • Super Valium

It is not uncommon for drug dealers to sell Klonopin at clubs, parties and raves. People will abuse it by mixing it with prescription painkillers, alcohol, hallucinogens or other prescription tranquilizers.

Why do People Abuse Klonopin?

People abuse Klonopin for many different reasons. Most people who misuse this medication are probably doing so without any ill intent. They only want to feel better and this medication helps them with their symptoms of anxiety or panic disorder. But there are other reasons for abusing it as well.

Klonopin has become a popular recreational drug that is used for the purpose of getting high. When it is taken in higher doses than normal, or mixed with alcohol or other drugs, it can cause a euphoric sensation that is very appealing.

What Does the Klonopin High Feel Like?

When a person gets high on Klonopin, they are actually experiencing slower brain functioning. They may feel anxiety relief, less agitation and less frustration overall. It is a drug that can make you sleepy if you take too much of it at one time.

Klonopin is very attractive to people who are looking to get high because when they take it, it results in a very calming feeling. They feel carefree and able to let go of their worries for a little while. It becomes a way of escaping reality.

What is Klonopin Addiction Treatment?

Recovering from a Klonopin addiction is possible when you get the proper treatment. This should be a two-fold approach that addresses both the physical and psychological aspects of the addiction.

Prescription drug detox will most likely be recommended because it can help you get through your withdrawal symptoms. A medical approach is best due to the fact that you can take other medications to help you with individual symptoms. Of course, you will probably be tapered off Klonopin first as a way to reduce the severity of withdrawal.

After you have detoxed, which may take around 10 days, you will move on to rehab. During drug rehab, you will work with your peers and professional therapists to determine the cause of your addiction so you can get appropriate treatment.

Will I Need Treatment for a Co-Occurring Disorder During Rehab?

If you are taking Klonopin to get high or to relieve your symptoms of anxiety, then you most likely have a co-occurring disorder. That means you have a mental health issue that has accompanied your addiction to this drug. It is very important for that to be addressed and properly treated when you go to drug rehab.

Co-occurring disorders should never be ignored. When they are, the risk of relapsing increases dramatically. By treating the mental health condition behind the addiction, the root cause is eliminated and there is a greater likelihood for a more positive outcome.

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  1. Kyle December 29, 2018 at 10:06 am

    I am a veteran with a TBI and have been suffering from seizures, anxiety, lack of sleep, depression among other things. This was all before Klonopin, since taking Klonopin my seizures reduced but that’s probably due to other meds specific for that.
    I generally have a high tolerance to meds Xanax especially which is why I got moved to this. So far Klonopin has been working, taking the doses as needed and sometimes taking an extra throughout the day for anxiety/panic attacks.

    I’m not sure if it related but after reading the article, I’m starting to suspect the Klonopin is a big cause of my 2-3 hours of sleep a night, but that’s happened before I starated Klonopin. I’ve been on other meds like xanax or Valium but so far Klonopin has worked the best for anxiety and obviously seizures which is why I’d hate to stop.
    I can’t count how many meds I’ve been on and have been taken off due to my really high tolerance. Klonopin is nice at first to calm everything..but I can forsee having to taper off and try something else.
    All in all the article seems to be correct and was very insightful. I hope other find what they need and be safe about it.

    • Northpoint Recovery January 1, 2019 at 6:04 am

      Thank you for sharing your personal experiences, Kyle! Wishing you the best moving into the new year!

  2. Michelle February 7, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    This is excellent. I wish I had read this before taking Klonopin. I was prescribed Klonopin for insomnia and anxiety, not knowing that it was highly addictive. After two or three years, I realized I was addicted. I told the doctor this, but she corrected me. “You’re physically dependent on the drug, not addicted.” Less than two months after this, I very nearly died from a suicide attempt. I was severely depressed and didn’t know what I was doing. Had I known then what I know now, I would never have taken Klonopin.

    • Northpoint Recovery February 18, 2019 at 10:22 pm

      Thank you for sharing your experiences! Sorry, this medicine had such terrible side effects for you! If you find yourself in need of help stopping your medication we are here for you 24/7 via phone at 844-213-0909 or visit us online

  3. Ben February 10, 2019 at 4:35 am

    I had a lengthy panic attack in January of 2017 after getting the flu and taking Mucinex Night Time to try and sleep. After two or three doses, over a 24 hour period, I became severely restless and began to panic. A trip to the emergency room was warranted after two or three hours of terror. I was given a sedative after much skepticism by the NP but finally calm again. She recommended I follow up with my family doctor and in which I did. My family doctor diagnosed me with an anxiety disorder and first prescribed a SRI but later after not tolerating it he prescribed Klonopin.
    It was great at first. I was told to use when I needed or felt panicked. It became a use every time I had any anxiety. Very low doses. I would break up a .05 pill into quarters. I was being careful or so I thought. The problem was anytime I would go 4 or five days without it I became very irritated and anxious. My body was craving it.
    After taking Klonopin for one year I became depressed and started having mental breakdowns. I was anxious about everything. I became reclusive and fearful of even my favorite mystery television shows. I know it sounds weird.
    It was time to get off Klonopin. I called my doctor and tried to get an appointment to no avail. It was December of 2017 and they were booked up with winter illnesses and couldn’t see me even though I explained what I was experiencing. I decided to wien myself off using techniques I learned from Google. I documented my technique and began what was to be the worst year of my life. I became fearful and paranoid of everything and everyone. I became reclusive and depressed. I had constant dizziness and insomnia. Insomnia to the point that I sleeping less than four hours a night,

    My short term and long term memory were shot. I couldn’t stand to be alone but also hated crowds. I would come home from work some days and hide in my bedroom and lay on my bed in the fetal position with stomach cramps hoping my kids wouldn’t see me in this shape. After a month or two of no Klonopin I was still having severe “brain fog”. It was like having a severe hangover without the headache. I just couldn’t think straight. It was like something was keeping my brain from fully functioning. I felt impaired and scared to drive at times. The only relief from the “brain fog” was running. Physical exertion seemed to release the chemicals I needed to feel normal.

    This went on for months. I sought out counseling for my depression after ending up in the ER for my depression, April 2018. Best thing I could have ever done. My counselor probably saved my life. He kept me focused on my faith, family, and future.

    It wasn’t until the fall of 2018 or late summer that I started feeling somewhat “normal”. Little or no brain fog. Anxiety attacks, not panic attacks, were very seldom and I had established behavioral tools to help me cope with those moments.

    From the month of February through June, I had tried roughly 5 or 6 different antidepressants but couldn’t tolerate the side effects. I’m pretty sure the Klonopin withdrawals had me too paranoid to stay on a few of them. I also tried several herbal remedies and compounds that were meant to help with anxiety. Nothing seemed to cure me from the withdrawals or side effects of getting off Klonopin. It was all in vain! I even took a month off work at the height of my depression and anxiety to try and sort things out but it was useless. Time was what was needed.

    My brain had to relearn how to be happy and how to deal with anxiety all over again. Today, February 2019, I can’t say that I’m 100%, but I’m close. I’m laughing again. I’ve regained a confidence that I once had. I enjoy my family and friends again. I have hope!

    It had been a long journey but I’m hopeful for my future once again and thankful for God’s mercy. Many days I wanted to throw in the towel but I’m forever grateful that I kept going and much stronger for the journey I’ve been on.

    I said if I ever make it through this I would help people by sharing my experience. So I hope this helps someone out there to pull through and change their lives for the better.


    • Northpoint Recovery February 18, 2019 at 10:17 pm

      Thank you for sharing your experiences, Ben! We wish you nothing but success as you continue your journey!

  4. John March 30, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    I was on Klonopin for anxiety/panic attacks and after taking it for about a month, I told my therapist I wanted to stop. He explained that I could do so by cutting my 1mg dose in half for three days, then my 0.5 mg dose to 0.25 mg for three days, then poof…I’d be off the drug. Whether it was my metabolism or the drug itself, that simple formula didn’t work and I found myself in the throes of a full on withdrawal (panic, sweats, insomnia, migraines). My therapist didn’t see this as withdrawal symptoms and said that this proved I needed the drug to deal with my mental health issues. Both cognitively and intuitively I knew this wasn’t right. It took me several years of titrating down from 1mg to 0.99 mg to 0.98 mg to 0.97mg…using a pharmaceutical scale to ween myself of the drug. Once I made up my mind to do so, it worked with practically no withdrawal symptoms and it’s been over four years since I took my last .05 mg dose. It got me thinking that extremely gradual titrated step-down dosing could probably address almost all addictions including opioids. I had to make these cuts myself and I know big pharma has zero interest in developing a formulary such as the one I describe to help people get off opioids, benzos and other addictive substances.

    • Northpoint Recovery April 2, 2019 at 4:06 pm

      Congratulations on your 4+ years off the medication! Sounds like you did it correctly by lowering it so gradually that your body was able to adjust! Thanks for sharing your experiences and offering hope to those searching!

    • Kathy April 10, 2019 at 9:09 pm

      I just read your post on Klonopin withdrawal. I’m currently on .5mg and am at lost on how to proceed. I know I need to get off this medication I’m interested in learning more about titration

      • Dorothy M Engel June 20, 2019 at 11:34 pm

        There is a group called Benzo buddies on facebook that can help you withdraw. I am currently doing the water filteration. i started at 1mg and am only 2 weeks into it but am having very few withdrawal symptoms. they are very minimal. I suggest you look into this group for they are very knowledgable and will help you to wean off this poison the correct way. Good Luck!

  5. Dalton April 19, 2019 at 2:42 am

    This is a very bittersweet medication it can give your your life back but at the same time it can also destroy someone’s life. Only certain people get relief from these kinds of drugs a normal person this will slow down and makes them sleep but a person with an anxiety disorder it slows them down enough to we’re they can proceed it works well for so long but when will it be long enough.

    • Northpoint Recovery April 25, 2019 at 4:49 pm

      Medications are created to assist those in need, but very often find themselves in the hands of those who don’t need it, which can lead to addiction. That is why it is always best to find what works the most for you.

  6. andrew April 24, 2019 at 7:22 am

    I just read your post on klonopin. This was very good and helpful and I will recommend to all my collegues who are on klonopin.

    • Northpoint Recovery April 25, 2019 at 3:58 pm

      Glad that the article resonated with you!

  7. Dee Sweeney May 6, 2019 at 1:26 am

    I am 64 years old. I was first prescribed Valium for anxiety when I was 20. I managed to get off that with no problem when I was 27 because I wanted to get pregnant. When I was 42, I was going through some really tough times and I was put on Xanax for severe panic attacks. Since the Xanax didn’t last long and I had to work every day, I was put on Klonipen. That was in 1996. I have been on it for 23 years. I do not abuse it and even though I am prescribed 4 mg., I only take 3 mg. I have tried 7 times in the past 11 years to get off it, on my own and 4 times in detox. The results have been disastrous and I had to go back on it. My doctor told me that at my age and the length of time I’ve been on it, I will probably have to be on it the rest of my life. I take it mainly to maintain my motor functions. When I’ve tried to detox, my throat closes up, I can’t eat, sleep or walk. I get terribly agitated and my arms feel like they are on fire. I feel that the detox facilities I have been to do not have a clue on how to detox someone from a 23 year Klonipen addiction. I need help. Is there any hope for me?

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