Klonopin and Alcohol
Mixing Klonopin and alcohol is a deadly combination. It’s really that simple. Of course, knowing the why of something is different than learning the how.
So, today Lighthouse is going to answer the how of Klonopin and alcohol overdose. Are you struggling with benzo and alcohol abuse? Do you have a loved one who can’t stop taking pills, drinking, or both? Then this article is just for you.
Sit back and learn what mixing Klonopin and alcohol is really like.
Klonopin and Alcohol Overdose
Klonopin and alcohol overdose is more common than many people realize. This is due to the fact that both Klonopin and alcohol act on GABA receptors in the brain. This means they potentiate each other, making the combination stronger than the sum of its parts. Due to their potentiating effects, it takes less Klonopin and alcohol to produce an overdose when combined than it would separately.
Add to this the fact that Klonopin and alcohol produce something called retrograde amnesia. This is the medical term for experiencing a blackout. Oftentimes someone will take Klonopin, drink alcohol, forget they took Klonopin, and take more. This leads to a Klonopin and alcohol overdose in no time.
What does a Klonopin and alcohol overdose look like? Well, it’s characterized by dangerously decreased respiration, heartbeat, blood pressure, and a loss of coconsciousness. Other symptoms include: blurred and double vision, loss of motor skills, hallucinations, unresponsiveness, vomiting, and disorientation.
Having covered the dangerous effects of a Klonopin and alcohol overdose, let’s look at the withdrawal symptoms associated with their use.
Klonopin and Alcohol Withdrawal
As we’ve mentioned time and time again, Klonopin and alcohol withdrawal are both potentially fatal. This is due to the nature of how both chemicals interact with the brain and the central nervous system.
Klonopin and alcohol withdrawal are essentially the same. Both have symptoms like vomiting, extreme anxiety and depression, irritability, aggressive behavior, and Grand mal seizure. Both should only be attempted in a medically supervised environment which employs a taper.
Interestingly enough, Klonopin is often the drug of choice for both benzo and alcohol detoxes. This is due to its long half-life. Klonopin takes longer to reach peak effects and is metabolized by the body slower. This makes it, in theory at least, less abusable and better suited for detox.
Of course, Klonopin as a detox tool doesn’t come without a fair share of risks. Klonopin is a benzo and, as such, is physically addicting. Even when a taper is correctly applied, individuals will often have to “detox from detox.”
This raises the question of how to best offer Klonopin and alcohol treatment.
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Klonopin and Alcohol Treatment
How can treatment centers best help those who’re addicted to Klonopin, alcohol, or both? How can rehabs offer the best care when those entering their facility may still need to “detox from detox?”
The answer is surprisingly simple. Klonopin and alcohol treatment is most effective when it’s comprehensive, single gender, and long-term. These are also the circumstances under which treatment for any type of addiction is most effective. It doesn’t matter if it’s Klonopin, alcohol, opioids, cocaine, or meth.
To that end, if you or a loved one are struggling with Klonopin and alcohol addiction, give us a call today at 1-844-I-CAN-CHANGE or 1-(561)-381-0015. Our experienced and dedicated team of addiction professionals will share their experience, strength, and hope with you or your loved one.
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