What Happens When You Mix Klonopin (Clonazepam) and Alcohol?
What is Klonopin/Clonazepam?Klonopin is also known as clonazepam and is a part of the benzodiazepine family. Since it’s a minor tranquilizer the drug is commonly used as a sedative to promote muscle relaxation and reduce electrical activity throughout the brain and rest of the nervous system. Klonopin also slows down the respiratory system. However, Klonopin is usually only prescribed in short doses of two to three weeks, as it has a high potential for abuse. Combine this with alcohol abuse and you'll greatly increase your health risks.
Signs of AddictionIf you suspect that either yourself, or a loved one is suffering from addiction to Klonopin and alcohol, then keep an eye out for the addiction symptoms below:
- Changes in personality
- Numbness of limbs
- Memory loss
The Dangers Of Mixing Klonopin and AlcoholIt’s common for people to combine alcohol and Klonopin when they’re using the substances recreationally. Since combining the two substances increase the effects, this also increases the chances of addiction. When you combine alcohol and Klonopin you increase your chances of an accidental and fatal overdose. Since both alcohol and Klonopin influence the GABA receptors in the brain it multiplies the effects of both drugs. This means that it takes a smaller amount of each substance in order to overdose. The combination of alcohol and Klonopin can also lead to blacking out. When you’re in this state, not only is it dangerous, and potentially fatal, but it can lead to the unintended consumption of more Klonopin. Some of the common signs of klonopin and alcohol overdose are shown below:
- Blurred vision
- Loss of motor skills and bodily coordination
- Disorientation and confusion
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Treatment for Alcohol or Klonopin Addiction
Those who have been using klonopin and alcohol together need to seek out a treatment facility that can handle a dual diagnosis recovery. If Klonopin has been prescribed by a doctor, then usually this will be prescribed due to an existing condition. Trying to go through the detox process on your own will only decrease your chances of success.
Klonopin and alcohol use can also worsen existing mental disorders, such as, panic attacks. If you have an existing co-occurring condition it’s important to find a treatment facility that is able to provide relief for this as well.
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