In this article, I’m going to teach you how to use Clonazepam for opiate withdrawal. Opiate withdrawal wouldn’t be all that bad if you only experienced the physical symptoms. Unfortunately, the anxiety, psychological terror, and insomnia can make withdrawal a living hell.
Several years ago I was addicted to opiates.
Every few weeks or months I would not be able to get any more opiates.
Sometimes my dealer was out, but usually, it was because I was out of money.
Whenever this happened, I knew that I had about twelve hours after my last dose before the opiate withdrawal symptoms would start coming on.
During this time, I would text everyone I knew to see if I could score some Xanax for opiate withdrawal symptoms. Actually, I didn’t even care if it was Xanax. Other pills such as clonazepam, Valium, or Ativan would work extremely well too.
Note: These medications are in a class of drugs called benzodiazepines. Commonly referred to as “benzos,” these pills are very effective at reducing anxiety and easing nervous tension. They also relax muscles and help you fall and stay asleep, thus clonazepam can help with opiate withdrawal.
Clonazepam For Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms
Clonazepam (sold under the brand name Klonopin) is an anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) prescription drug. Clonazepam is commonly prescribed for anxiety and panic disorder, though many opiate-dependent individuals have used clonazepam for opiate withdrawal.
Clonazepam is a long-acting benzo, so the effects come on slow but last for much longer than the short-acting benzo Xanax. Valium falls in the middle of these two.
Using clonazepam for opiate withdrawal has become popular due to its remarkable ability at treating the following symptoms:
- Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
- Muscle tension and soreness
- Psychological terror
- Poor appetite
When determining whether or not you should use clonazepam for opiate withdrawal, please consider the following key points:
- Everyone is biochemically unique; so while clonazepam worked well for me and countless others, it won’t help everyone ease their symptoms.
- For some individuals, clonazepam will work well, though Ativan, Xanax, Librium or Valium might work better.
- Many individuals say clonazepam helps them calm anxiety and fall asleep, though a small minority complain that it makes them too much like a zombie.
- Clonazepam and other benzos can be habit-forming.
- Taking too much clonazepam can lead to an overdose.
How To Use Clonazepam For Opiate Withdrawal
Taking Clonazepam for opiate withdrawal can be a lifesaver if done properly.
The following key points illustrate a very safe way to use clonazepam for opiate withdrawal symptoms relief:
- Always take clonazepam under the supervision of a physician.
- Clonazepam comes in tablets that have the following strengths (0.5 mg, 1.0 mg, 2.0 mg).
- Due to differences in severity of addiction and biochemical uniqueness, there is no set clonazepam for opiate withdrawal dosage.
- Take the least amount of clonazepam necessary to achieve opiate withdrawal symptoms relief.
- Discontinue clonazepam after 3-4 days; the worst of the withdrawals should be over by day 5, and this way you won’t develop a physical dependence on clonazepam.
- Most individuals will benefit from as little as 0.5 mg per dose, though some will need up to 2.0 mg, especially at night before bed.
What if you Can’t Get Clonazepam For Opiate Withdrawal?
If you’re going through opiate withdrawal right now and can’t get clonazepam from a doctor or drug dealer, I feel your pain. Fortunately, there are two herbs that work in very similar ways to clonazepam.
Clonazepam benefits for opiate withdrawal are due to it binding to GABAA receptors in the brain. GABA is an inhibitory neurotransmitter that acts as a mental relaxant. GABA is basically our natural clonazepam, though our bodies produce it in the precise amounts we were designed to handle.
In one study, 75 participants with nonorganic insomnia were put into two different groups.
One group received 600 mg of standardized valerian extract, while the other group received 10 mg of oxazepam (a benzodiazepine medication) for 28 days.
Assessment tools used to evaluate the effectiveness and tolerance of the interventions included validated sleep, mood scale, and anxiety questionnaires as well as sleep rating by a physician.
Results: Both groups had the same improvement in sleep quality but the valerian group reported fewer side effects than did the oxazepam group.
I used valerian root and passion flower many times for opiate withdrawal anxiety and insomnia. Passion flower (pictured below) is also very beneficial for relieving gastrointestinal upset due to narcotic drug withdrawal.
These two herbs are not as strong as clonazepam for opiate withdrawal, but they still work very well, especially when combined with other herbs, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids used in the treatment of withdrawal.
Note: If you can’t get clonazepam for opiate withdrawal, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND taking passion flower and valerian root as a natural and safe alternative. These will help with anxiety, insomnia, and muscle relaxation, but they will not treat other symptoms. They do nothing for fatigue, hot and cold flashes, diarrhea, or sweating. Furthermore, they don’t help replenish your brain with dopamine. I always encourage people going through opiate withdrawal to take a concentrated supplement specifically designed to treat all of these symptoms in a holistic and synergistic way.
*This Opiate Withdrawal Supplement is an extremely potent withdrawal formula that can work well on its own without clonazepam. However, if you can manage to get clonazepam or another benzo, the Opiate Withdrawal Supplement and Imodium AD, and take all of these together…you’re sure to have the easiest withdrawal ever. If you can afford it, I also highly recommend taking this awesome supplement, because the benefits are just too good to pass up.
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