Mixing Suboxone and Klonopin
Taking drugs like Suboxone and Klonopin together is a common practice among individuals who have a dependence on multiple prescription medications. In any person, this combination is dangerous and potentially fatal. Specialists who study multiple drug dependency have identified the primary reasons for this behavior, which is common among young adults in the United States.
Many addicts may combine drugs to amplify the kick or high they get from another drug and to increase the half-life of a stronger drug with a short half-life. Another motivation is cost, especially for users who cannot afford it or do not have a steady supply of their chosen drug. This practice is mostly recreational as physicians rarely recommend the simultaneous use of different drugs.
Dangerous Interactions Between Suboxone and Klonopin
Suboxone is a prescription narcotic that contains both buprenorphine and naloxone. On its own, it is used in treating dependence on illicit opioids because it binds to centers in the brain that these drugs bind to. Because Suboxone competes with opioids for binding centers, recovery specialists use it during Medically Assisted Therapy (MAT). However, Suboxone produces its own high or drug euphoria, but compared to illicit alternatives it is less intense. This makes it perfect for helping individuals in recovery taper off addictive opioids and managing withdrawal symptoms. In recreational users, Suboxone can be habit-forming. It also carries a risk of fatal overdose.
On the other hand, Klonopin is a benzodiazepine that is used in managing seizures and panic attacks. Benzos are quite common in the United States, where 1 in 4 American adults have some form of anxiety disorder. Like Suboxone, Klonopin can be habit-forming with long-term use and it is not devoid of the risk of chemical dependence and even overdose.
By combining Suboxone with Klonopin, the user seeks to amplify the potency of Suboxone to produce a more intense and longer-lasting high. While Suboxone has a half-life of 24 hours, Klonopin is longer lasting and has a half-life of 30 to 40 hours. According to health experts, a combination of Suboxone and Klonopin carries a MAJOR clinical risk. Furthermore, the downsides of interaction outweigh the benefits. These include dizziness, drowsiness, confusion, difficulty concentrating, mood swings, severe chemical dependence, and fatal overdose.
Find Help in Rehab for Suboxone and Klonopin Abuse
The recreational practice of using two contraindicated drugs is dangerous. These drugs are only recommended to people who need them and without which their quality of life would be affected. In a perfectly healthy person, using either drug or both can damage physical and mental health. Likewise, for a person who already struggles with one drug, using these drugs together can worsen chemical dependence.
Nevertheless, there is hope. While it is typically hard to overcome multidrug abuse, it is possible with the help of recovery specialists. These professionals will use evidence-based modalities to help you achieve and maintain sobriety. As chemical dependence rarely occurs on its own, rehab will also help you identify and get help for underlying disorders. Let NJ Addiction Resources help you find the best-fit rehab program near you.