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Differences Between Xanax and Klonopin

Mixing Xanax and Klonopin to get high is very dangerous and can result in serious health issues. Treatment for benzodiazepine abuse is available for men and women.

Abusing drugs like Xanax and Klonopin on their own is extremely dangerous. However, mixing these two prescription medications is even more dangerous and can result in serious health-related side effects. In many cases, one substance will enhance the effects of another substance, which is why so many people engage in polydrug abuse. For example, someone abusing Xanax might develop tolerance and take Klonopin simultaneously to increase the “high.” However, those who mix these two drugs are at a much greater risk of overdose.

If you or someone you love has been abusing Xanax and Klonopin simultaneously, professional treatment must be sought immediately. If recovery is continuously put off, the chances of overdose-related death will only continue to increase.

Xanax Abuse and Addiction

Xanax is the brand name of the prescription medication, otherwise known as alprazolam. Xanax is a tranquilizer, and it is commonly used to treat anxiety disorders. Those prescribed this medication will always be instructed to take it short-term, seeing as it is so potent and potentially habit-forming. It was reported that in 2010 alone, over 46 million prescriptions were written for Xanax throughout the United States. The number of prescriptions has continued to rise over time, and Xanax is still one of the most commonly prescribed medications countrywide to this day. Xanax is the most frequently prescribed of all benzodiazepines.

Klonopin Abuse and Addiction

Klonopin is also a benzodiazepine and a tranquilizer commonly used for the treatment of anxiety disorders and panic disorders. This medication works by directly affecting the central nervous system and facilitating feelings of relaxation. Like Xanax, Klonopin is extremely potent and habit-forming. When taken alone, it can cause serious side effects. When taken in conjunction with another benzodiazepine tranquilizer, the results can be deadly.

Because the two drugs are so similar, they will enhance one another’s effects. Unfortunately, this means that the high will be more intense, and the side effects will be more severe. People who abuse benzodiazepine tranquilizers will seek intense feelings of relaxation and relief from the stress of daily life. Unfortunately, these feelings are fleeting and will quickly be replaced by serious side effects and uncomfortable symptoms like extreme drowsiness, respiratory depression, and severe confusion.

Absolute Awakenings and Polydrug Abuse Recovery

Mixing drugs of any kind are extremely dangerous. Mixing Klonopin and Xanax is always life-threatening. Even if an overdose does not occur, mixing these two prescription medications will likely lead to serious health-related complications. If you or someone you love has been abusing Klonopin and Xanax simultaneously, seeking medical detox will be a necessary first step on the lifelong road of recovery. In medical detox, the individual will undergo withdrawal symptoms in a safe and secure environment, and a team of medical professionals will oversee the symptoms.

Once the individual has been physically stabilized and medically cleared, they will transfer to an inpatient treatment facility. In inpatient treatment – generally lasting between 30 and 90 days – the individual will undergo intensive therapy and a wide variety of other beneficial therapeutic and holistic modalities. We at Absolute Awakenings provide men and women of all ages with the quality clinical care they deserve. We offer a wide range of services, from partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient treatment to trauma-informed care and dual diagnosis treatment for those struggling with co-occurring mental health disorders.


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