Can You Inject Klonopin?
Klonopin is the brand name of a potent prescription sedative, also known by its generic name, clonazepam. Those who abuse Klonopin generally take it in its pill form, ingesting it orally or crushing it up and ingesting it nasally (snorting it). However, those who develop severe addictions to this specific drug might also use it intravenously (injecting it directly into their veins). Klonopin addiction is dangerous when abused in any form, but using it intravenously can result in a wide range of unique issues and side effects.
Why do people inject Klonopin? The drug is not fast-acting, meaning when taken orally (as intended) it takes a short while for the effects to hit the central nervous system. Snorting the drug will increase the activation time, and injecting it will ensure that effects take hold almost simultaneously. Once the drug enters the bloodstream, the user will begin feeling the “high” they have been seeking – however, intravenous drug use is never safe, and poses a unique set of health-related risks.
At Evoke Florida, we are well-versed in treating Klonopin detox and addiction of all severities. We understand how devastating the progression of addiction can be, and we know that those who have prescribed the drug for an existing anxiety-related disorder often end up addicted, based on its potency and propensity for being harshly habit-forming. If you have been abusing Klonopin (taking the drug other than as prescribed, whether that be taking more than the recommended dose or injecting the drug), we are available to help.
Dangers of Injecting Klonopin
As a general rule, clonazepam has a high rate of abuse, meaning it is highly addictive. When you combine the addictive nature of the drug itself with additional risk factors – such as genetic predisposition, environmental factors, and underlying mental health conditions – the chances of dependence increase dramatically. Even when it is taken as prescribed by a psychiatrist, Klonopin can lead to addiction. It acts on GABA receptors within the brain, which help to regulate stress levels.
Eventually, the brain will come to rely on the substance to combat anxiety and produce feelings of relaxation – when an individual stops taking the drug, he or she will likely have a difficult time feeling relaxed and at ease. This leads to taking the drug in higher dosages, or ingesting it via other means so that the effects take hold more quickly (such as nasally or intravenously).
Injecting a prescription medication may seem like more trouble than it’s worth. However, those who are in the grips of addiction are driven by compulsion; their brains tell them they need the substance, and they need it fast. Tolerance is also built up quickly, meaning that a greater amount of Klonopin will need to be consumed for the same effects to be felt.
All of these contributing factors lead people to inject the drug because it will reach the bloodstream far more quickly upon injection. Again, intravenous drug use is never safe. It can lead to a host of symptoms like collapsed veins, abscesses, scarring, overdose, and severe and irreversible damage done to internal organs.
Klonopin Addiction Recovery
Fortunately, there are numerous addiction recovery options available when it comes to Klonopin addiction of all severities. Whether you have been taking the drug orally or intravenously, we at Evoke Florida are available to help. Our team of experienced and compassionate addiction counselors and medical professionals will work together to help you through the process of Klonopin withdrawal, and transition onto the next step of your recovery journey.
If you have been abusing prescription medications at all, seeking help is imperative. If you have been injecting prescription medications, seeking help is undeniably a matter of life and death. Injecting Klonopin raises the risk of overdose-related death significantly. To learn more about our program of Klonopin addiction recovery or to learn more about the dangers involved in intravenous drug use, give us a call today.