Alcohol withdrawal is a complex and challenging process, one that can produce a variety of uncomfortable or even distressing symptoms in the person recovering.
There are multiple ways a person can navigate these symptoms, all of which are best to be discussed with and approved by a professional — Klonopin, a sedative drug, is one way. This type of drug is known for reducing physical and mental stress in a person; for those still adjusting to sobriety, it can be beneficial to their recovery.
In this article, we’re going to take a closer look at Klonopin, and identify the different ways it can help people who are going through alcohol withdrawal as they recover from substance abuse.
What is Klonopin?
Klonopin — commonly known by its generic name, clonazepam — is a type of benzodiazepine (a category of drugs that sedate) that is most commonly prescribed to treat anxiety disorders, panic disorders, sleep disorders and seizures.
Klonopin, being a benzodiazepine, is known for its calming and relaxing properties, making it a valuable prescription for people struggling with heightened stress anxiety, or insomnia.
There are many different uses for which this drug is prescribed — one of which is that it can help reduce the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal in people recovering from abuse or addiction.
Can Klonopin help with alcohol withdrawal?
Klonopin and alcohol withdrawal are not the most common combination, but Klonopin has proven to be a valuable tool in the hands of medical professionals, when prescribed responsibly to the right individuals.
When someone who has been chronically abusing alcohol suddenly quits consumption, the abrupt disruption to what their body has learned to ‘need’ can produce a wide range of unpleasant symptoms. Many of these symptoms can be life-threatening which is why an at-home detox is never recommended; the comfort of your own home is not a substitute for the safety of a medical environment.
The best way to begin detoxing from a substance use disorder is to enroll in a professional, medically supervised detoxification program. The initial and ongoing evaluation by physicians will determine if klonopin would serve as a beneficial aid to the person’s recovery process.
The benefits of Klonopin for alcohol withdrawal
An alcohol dependence is one of the most difficult challenges to overcome. It’s legal everywhere in the United States, as well as the most socially accepted and indulged substance.
The frequency of exposure and how easy it is to consume, in addition to how addictive it is, means that the withdrawal symptoms can be both unpleasant and dangerous.
Withdrawal symptoms can be as mild as experiencing body aches and dizziness, all the way to the extreme of triggering a heart attack, stroke or seizures in the individual. For those experiencing more severe withdrawal symptoms, Klonopin may help ease their discomfort.
Some of the benefits of using Klonopin for alcohol withdrawal include:
- Reducing heightened anxiety and nervousness
- helping prevent and manage seizures
- Improving sleep by reducing restlessness or insomnia
- Stabilizing mood and improving overall emotional wellness
Alcohol abuse and addiction can be life-threatening when left untreated. While it may seem like a good idea to start recovery at home with a detox, this can pose a serious risk to your health, as many symptoms of alcohol withdrawal can cause permanent damage, or even death.
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