How to Treat a Panic Disorder and Klonopin Addiction
During a panic attack, people often feel as though their lives are coming to an abrupt end. Their hearts beat twice as fast as they should, they sweat, their minds race and their ears ring. The attacks can come again and again, often without any warning at all, and people can begin to feel as though it’s just not safe to leave the house or else another attack will start. Living like this is difficult, and according to the American Academy of Family Physicians, Klonopin is designed to provide short-term relief to people who have this disorder. With the medication on board, people can feel well enough to leave their homes and share their concerns with a therapist, and in time, they can get better, and they won’t need to use Klonopin. These therapists can also provide very real help for people who have both a panic disorder and a Klonopin addiction.
Clearing the Mind
Klonopin can be somewhat sedating, clouding the mind and making clear communication difficult. It’s also a remarkably strong medication that can stay active within a person’s body for a long period of time. As a result, people who attempt to stop taking the drug on their own on an abrupt basis can experience a severe recurrence of anxiety symptoms, and in some cases, they can even develop seizures. Since the risk of medical and mental complications is so high, it’s never advisable for anyone to stop using Klonopin alone without the help of a doctor.
In a detox program for Klonopin, doctors slowly reduce the amount of the drug the person is taking. In a study of this tapering, in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, researchers found that a slow taper was well tolerated among patients, and the whole process took about seven weeks to complete. People with very long histories of addiction and Klonopin abuse may need even longer tapering times, however, as they may be taking very high doses of the drug on a daily basis.
Working With Triggers
Living with an anxiety disorder means living on edge, all the time, waiting for the next little trigger to set off a cascade of reactions. It can be incredibly difficult to live this way, and people may begin to feel as though their life is completely outside of their control. Therapy can be a big help here, as a therapist can help put the power back into the hands of the person with the panic disorder. By using the power of the mind, the person can keep a tiny kernel of anxiety into bursting into a flame of anguish. Therapy techniques include:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy, which allows people to find new ways of coping with situations that provoke anxiety
- Exposure therapy, which slowly exposes the person to the things that cause fear
- Family therapy, which allows the family to repair the dysfunction the anxiety and addiction may have caused
- Group therapy, in which the person practices the skills learned in one-on-one counseling sessions
Therapy like this can help people to control their anxiety, and this may also help their addictions to ease. For example, in a study in the American Journal of Psychiatry, researchers found that providing cognitive behavioral therapy to benzodiazepine-addicted people with anxiety allowed 76 percent of people to stop using drugs. It’s clear therapy can be of vital help. If you’d like to get started, please call us at Alta Mira.