Klonopin Addiction Treatment
Klonopin is a brand-name formulation of clonazepam, a benzodiazepine used to treat panic and seizure disorders.1 Like other benzodiazepines, Klonopin is a depressant that increases inhibitory tone in an over-excited central nervous system (CNS).2 Although Klonopin can be a useful medication when taken as prescribed, it has the potential for misuse, physiological dependence, and addiction.1, 3
If you or a loved one is struggling with drug addiction, treatment is available. This article will help you learn more about the types of Klonopin addiction treatment programs and how to find a clonazepam rehab.
Klonopin Addiction Treatment Programs
Clonazepam addiction treatment can take place in different settings and can vary in approach, duration, and intensity. There isn’t one treatment approach that’s suitable for everyone; effective treatment is individualized and considers a person’s substance use as well as any medical, psychological, social, and vocational issues, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).4
Clonazepam detox and rehab can take place in inpatient and outpatient settings. While treatment looks different for everyone, patients can generally expect their individualized treatment plan to include a combination of:5
- Behavioral counseling/therapy.
- Evaluation and treatment for co-occurring disorders.
- Long-term follow-up care focused on preventing relapse.
Benzodiazepines are often a person’s secondary substance of misuse, and benzodiazepine misuse is most commonly seen in those whose primary substances of misuse are alcohol or opioids.6 Polysubstance use, as well as misusing benzodiazepines by taking higher doses can hasten the development of physiological dependence and also increase the risk of overdose. People who misuse multiple substances can benefit from treatment that addresses the misuse of all substances.4, 7
Additionally, some people struggling with benzodiazepine addiction have a co-occurring mental health condition like anxiety or depression.4 Integrated treatment that addresses drug and alcohol addiction as well as co-occurring mental illness is the standard of care and allows for concurrent treatment of each disorder.4
Benzodiazepine discontinuation can result in withdrawal symptoms and can be dangerous and potentially life-threatening, requiring medical supervision. Medically managed detox can help to mitigate the potentially deadly risks associated with severe benzodiazepine withdrawal, such as delirium and seizures.8 Medication may be used to ease symptoms and address potential complications.8
While medical detox is often an important first step in recovery from substance use disorders, detox on its own is generally not sufficient for people to achieve long-term abstinence.4 Following detox with comprehensive, individualized treatment for benzo addiction can help patients focus on recognizing and changing the thoughts and behaviors that contributed to the addiction and can aid greatly in reducing the risk of relapse.4
Inpatient Rehab for Klonopin Addiction
Inpatient treatment programs provide 24-hour intensive, structured care and medical supervision. Patients live onsite and participate in a variety of therapeutic approaches for the duration of treatments.5, 9
Inpatient Klonopin addiction treatment may be beneficial for people who:5, 9
- Have more severe addictions or are addicted to multiple substances.
- Have a co-occurring disorder.
- Don’t have safe or stable housing.
- Don’t have a supportive network at home.
Behavioral therapies are commonly used to help change behaviors and thought processes that underly addiction.2 Some of the behavioral therapies that patients may receive include:5
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), which can help patients stop misusing substances, including benzodiazepines like Klonopin, by changing their behaviors, expectations, and thinking while developing ways to cope with stress in ways that don’t include the use or misuse of substances.
- Contingency management, which is a form of positive reinforcement that provides tangible rewards when people achieve desired behavioral changes (e.g., abstaining from drugs).
- Motivational interviewing, which is a counseling approach that aims to motivate patients to stop drug use and remain in treatment.
Outpatient Rehab for Klonopin Addiction
Outpatient rehabs differ from inpatient facilities in that patients live at home and may be able to continue daily responsibilities like attending school or work.5, 9 Patients travel to a treatment center on a regular schedule and participate in counseling and therapy.
Outpatient Klonopin addiction treatment may be beneficial for people who:5, 9
- Have less severe addictions.
- Can attend regular appointments and counseling sessions.
- Have a stable living situation.
- Have a supportive network at home.
Outpatient rehab can vary widely in duration and intensity.5, 9 Some programs require daily attendance, while others may only require patients to attend treatment once per week.5, 9 Some programs may simply offer drug education while other more structured programs, such as a partial hospitalization program (PHP) or an intensive outpatient program (IOP), may be similar to the approach and intensity offered by inpatient rehab programs.5, 9
Continuing care, also known as aftercare, refers to ongoing recovery efforts after a patient completes an initial period of treatment.10 Continuing care following primary addiction treatment aims to support a patient’s individual recovery goals, including relapse prevention or a return to substance use.10
Continuing care can look different for everyone but may involve one or more components, such as:4, 11
- Individual and group counseling.
- 12-step meetings (e.g., Alcoholic or Narcotics Anonymous) or mutual support groups (e.g., SMART Recovery).
- Regular follow-up visits with a doctor, nurse, or case manager.
- Family or couple’s therapy.
- Prescription medication.
- Telehealth or regular telephone follow-up with a counselor or treatment professional.
- Residing in a sober living home or similar type of recovery housing.
- Participating in a rehab treatment center’s alumni program.
Helping a Loved One
It’s not easy when your loved one is struggling with addiction, but there are things you can do to encourage and help them to seek treatment, such as:4, 12
- Educating yourself on addiction. Understanding that addiction isn’t a simple matter of “just quitting.”
- Researching treatment options and familiarizing yourself with different resources can help you help your loved one.
- Preparing yourself to talk with your loved one. Make a list of your concerns. Set aside time when you’re both free of distractions so you can have an uninterrupted conversation.
- Talking about your concerns. Let the person know specific ways you notice their addiction impacting their life and your relationship. Use “I” statements, such as “I am concerned about you,” rather than stigmatizing or critical statements. Avoid referring to the person as an “addict.”
- Offering to help. Let them know what you’re willing to do, such as scheduling a doctor’s appointment for an evaluation, calling treatment centers, or helping them find nearby mutual support meetings. You might offer to go to family or couple’s therapy or provide other forms of additional support that you feel comfortable with.
Choosing a Rehab for Klonopin Addiction
If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction, there are several ways you can find a Klonopin addiction treatment center near you. You can start by talking to your doctor or a qualified mental health practitioner to discuss your situation and ask for referrals to treatment. You can also use the SAMHSA Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator or our rehabs directory to search for a treatment center based on specific criteria, such as insurance coverage and location.
If you’re ready to reach out for help, you can contact American Addiction Centers (AAC) to learn more about treatment, resources, and support. You can contact our helpline at 24 hours a day to speak to a caring admissions navigator about the options that might be right for your needs.