Klonopin High is not the name of a High School. It is a serious discussion of the perils of taking this powerful Benzodiazepine for recreational purposes. Benzodiazepines, like Klonopin, are some of the most commonly prescribed medications in the United States. Physicians prescribe Benzodiazepines, often referred to “benzo’s”, for a range of reasons, including;
- chronic anxiety
- post-traumatic stress disorder
- withdrawal from alcohol and opioids
Klonopin High – Recreational Use
“Recreational use of benzodiazepines,” according to one National Institute of Health study, “is associated with polysubstance abuse, lack of medical supervision, rapid tolerance to the euphoric or sedating side effect, and escalation of dose.”
Coming Down Off A Klonopin High – Withdrawal
Withdrawal from klonopin is especially uncomfortable and, if quit cold-turkey, particularly dangerous. Symptoms of klonopin withdrawal peak anywhere from one to two weeks after the drug is stopped and can include some of the following:
- Anxiety, irritability and depression
- Increased body temperature and sweating
- Loss of coordination
- Nausea and or vomiting
- Increased heart rate, seizures and hand tremors
- Intense and unexplainable panic attacks
Klonopin’s Drug Classification
One of the reasons “recreational” use of klonopin is becoming more and more prevalent and habit forming is due to the tolerance a person builds after using it over a period time. The body gradually builds up a “tolerance” meaning they need to begin taking larger amounts of Klonopin and become more and more dependent upon it.
Not everyone metabolizes the medication in the same way and so the amount of time it takes each person to develop a dependence varies.
Listed as a schedule IV substance by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), klonopin and other benzodiazepines, such as Ativan, Xanax and valium, can quickly and easily become habit forming.
Healthcare professionals, all of whom discourage recreational use of benzodiazepines, are often split about whether or not these drugs should even be prescribed to patients.
“It’s amazing how polarizing the conversation gets,” Jerrod Rosenbaum told U.S. News. Chief of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, Rosenbaum added,
- “There is a constituency that views benzodiazepines as evil and harmful; they tend to come out of the substance use disorder community. They’re not perfect drugs, but they do work for conditions for which nothing else is as effective.”
Internet Access to Klonopin
Although efforts are being made to try and curtail buying prescriptions over the internet, the reality is the web has made it easier for people to get controlled substances, like klonopin, and use them recreationally.
The National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) provides a comprehensive page about Clonazepam (Klonopin). The factual sheet includes information about overdosing, long term use, side effects, and a list of medications that react negatively with klonopin.
A “Case in Point” – Rock Star Stevie Nicks
Rock and roll legend Stevie Nicks, front-woman for the band Fleetwood Mac, developed a serious klonopin addiction after getting treatment for cocaine addiction. She talked to the Telegraph, a UK based news outlet, about her struggle to survive withdrawal, saying, “Klonopin is more deadly than coke (cocaine).”
Another Possible Benzodiazepine Case
More recently, however, Chris Cornell, front-man for the band Soundgarten, was found dead in his Detroit hotel room, as detailed by Rolling Stone. Though the coroner’s report listed his death as “suicide by hanging,” Cornell’s wife is speaking out about her husband’s struggles with anxiety. She believes his suicide was brought as a result of too much Ativan, a benzodiazepine similar to klonopin. Though these two high profile cases serve as cautionary tales.