Tag: klonopin

Gambling with Death: Klonopin and Alcohol

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.

klonopin and alcohol

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.

Do you drink to excess? A new government study thinks so

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.

Think your child may be abusing Klonopin? Learn the signs today

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 overdose

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.

[BLUECTA title=”Addiction is not a choice!”]866-205-3108[/BLUECTA]

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.

Learn why our motto is “Lighthouse: Guiding You to a Brighter Tomorrow!”

What are true facts and statistics about Klonopin addiction?

A Deadly Detox: Benzo Withdrawal

Benzo Withdrawal

Benzodiazepines, or benzo’s for short, are an extremely physically addictive anti-anxiety drug. They’re commonly described by users as “alcohol in a pill,” or, more alarmingly, “a blackout in a pill.”

benzo withdrawal
image via Wikimedia Commons

Benzo’s include pills like Xanax, Valium, Ativan, Klonopin, and many others. Despite being addictive and arguably more dangerous than any street drug, benzo’s are prescribed frequently. In fact, in 2007 there were over 37 million Xanax prescriptions filled. If an average prescription contains thirty pills, that’s…a lot of pills.

Okay, enough of the science and statistics. What’s benzo detox really like? What are the benzo withdrawal symptoms that make these pills deadly? Well, that’s what I’m here to answer.

As a recovering addict myself, I’d like to give you an in-depth, firsthand look at the potential dangers of benzo detox.

What’s the deadliest drug combination? Hint: it involves Xanax

Benzo Withdrawal Symptoms

Without giving in to hyperbole, it’s safe to say that benzo withdrawal symptoms are among the most horrible things a human being can experience. Benzodiazepines produce an entirely different type of dependence than opioids. While detoxing from substances like heroin or oxycodone makes you feel like you’re going to die, detoxing from pills like Xanax and Valium can actually kill you.

So, it’s important to always seek professional medical help when attempting to quit benzo’s. To put it another way, don’t try this at home! Not only is it potentially deadly, but why not give yourself the best possible shot at recovery?

Fine a list of common benzo withdrawal symptoms below:

• Sweating
• Insomnia
• Tingling in Limbs
• Nausea & Vomiting
• Confusion
• Anxiety & Depression
• Hallucinations
• Agitation & Aggressive Behavior
• Arrhythmia
• Tachycardia
• Hypertension
• Seizures
• Cardiac Arrest

[BLUECTA title=”Addiction is not a choice!”]866-205-3108[/BLUECTA]

The Dangers of Benzo Withdrawal

The benzo withdrawal symptoms listed above make it abundantly clear how nasty of an experience detox is. They also highlight how dangerous it can be. With seizures and heart attacks as two potential symptoms, benzo withdrawal is serious business indeed.

For this reason, and some of the other unpleasant benzo withdrawal symptoms, benzo’s should never be stopped cold turkey. Rather, a medically supervised and individually appropriate taper should be used.

A taper is a decreasing dose of less powerful benzo’s. For example, if you were detoxing from Xanax, medical professionals would use a taper of Klonopin, Librium, or some other long-acting benzo.

benzo withdrawal symptoms
image via Wikimedia Commons

In this way, the body can safely be weaned off of the drug without experiencing any potentially life threatening benzo withdrawal symptoms.

If you or a loved one are thinking about quitting benzo’s, seek professional help. Give Lighthouse Recovery Institute a call today at 1-844-I-CAN-CHANGE or 1-(561)-381-0015. We’ll be happy to discuss any and all information about how to safely and best move from addiction to a benzo free life!

Did this man’s doctor turn him into a drug addict?

We are here to support you during your time of need and help you make the best decision for yourself or your loved one. Click below to speak to a member of our staff directly.