Klonopin (clonazepam) belongs to a class of drugs called benzodiazepines. Mainly, it is used to treat seizures, so it is also classified as an anticonvulsant. It works by raising the levels of a neurotransmitter in the brain called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which plays a role in regulating nerve activity. GABA is an inhibitory neurotransmitter, which means it calms down your nerves. This action makes the drug effective in countering seizures. The drug is also useful for relaxing tense muscles and relieving panic and anxiety attacks. In some cases, the drug is used to induce sleep.
Despite its medical utility, Klonopin can be considered a dangerous drug. It is classified by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as a Schedule IV controlled substance. This means the drug has potential for abuse. In fact, among all the benzodiazepines, this is one of the most addictive.
If you have become addicted to clonazepam, rehab is in order. However, you may be concerned about the price. Often when considering treatment, cost is the first thing you would consider. Read on to find out how much you will need to prepare.
Why is Klonopin addictive?
There are two factors that make this drug highly addictive: it is quick acting and it stays in the body for a long time. Recreational users are fond of its quick, relaxing effects, which can give them a euphoric high.
If you use Klonopin improperly, you will be vulnerable to these addictive effects. That’s why it’s important to follow your doctor’s prescription to the letter. Changing your dosage on your own will almost always lead to dependence or addiction. If you are on clonazepam medication, and if you feel the drug has a weaker effect than when you first took it, consult your doctor first.
Is it possible to get addicted while on medication?
In some cases, it is possible to get addicted to clonazepam even when you follow your doctor’s prescription. Some patients developed addictions just a few weeks after starting their medications.
How does Klonopin work?
Klonopin blocks certain receptors in the brain to reduce activity in your nervous system. In turn, you will feel more relaxed. Once you become addicted to the drug, your brain cannot calm itself down anymore without the drug. That’s why you may find it hard to function normally without the drug if you have become addicted to it.
Signs of a clonazepam addiction might include:
- Excessive drug cravings
- Continuing to use the drug even if you’re aware of its bad effects
- Wanting to quit but finding yourself unable to
- Ditching responsibilities at home or at work/school
- Getting into debt because of drug use
- Getting into legal trouble
- Involvement in crimes and other illegal activity
Klonopin addiction starts when you develop a tolerance to it. In other words, you will need larger doses of the drug to get the same effects as the first time you took it. If you crave the relaxing effects of the drug, you will keep taking higher doses than what was prescribed. If this pattern persists, you will soon become addicted to the drug.
How much does a Klonopin rehab program cost?
The cost of a rehab program can vary depending on the rehab provider. If you will enroll in basic outpatient rehab, it will most likely be cheaper. On the other hand, you will have to shell out a lot more money to get into luxury residential (inpatient) rehab centers. They have a good deal of amenities like saunas, swimming pools, sports venues, and the like. They are equipped with pools, saunas, alternative therapies, and other premium amenities. There are also residential rehab facilities that are not as expensive, but the fact that you have to pay for accommodation makes it more costly than outpatient programs.
Full recovery programs can last for 30, 60, or 90 days. The total cost depends mainly on two things: First is whether the program you will enroll in is outpatient or inpatient. Second is the number of amenities available and the treatments used in the rehab facility.
If you enroll in an outpatient rehab program, you only need to go to the rehab center during scheduled therapies. Typically, they cost $1,000 to $11,000 for the entire program.
Partial hospitalization involves longer therapy sessions each day. Each session lasts around 5 hours and is done at least 3 days a week. Therapies here are also more intensive and varied. Partial hospitalization programs range from $7,000 to $20,000.
Residential (inpatient) rehab
Inpatient rehab involves living inside a rehab center for the entire program. Your daily schedule inside the center will be designed to maximize recovery outcomes. Your mealtimes, bedtime, and wakeup time will be the same each day to help you develop healthy routines. Also, your days inside the rehab center will be filled with therapy sessions to facilitate your recovery.
Inpatient programs range from a few thousand dollars to more than $25,000. If you choose a rehab center with luxury amenities, you likely have to pay a higher price.
Detox and medications
No matter which program you enroll in, you will go through medically-assisted detox as a first step. The goal of this procedure is to eliminate all traces of clonazepam from your body. After detox, your body will be able to tolerate taking none of the drug at all.
Detox costs between $300 to $800 per day. It usually lasts for five days, so the total cost is $1,500 to $4,000.
In some cases, drug withdrawal will cause a lot of discomfort during detox. To ease your pain, doctors may prescribe certain medications to relieve withdrawal symptoms. These medications will add to the cost of treatment.
Get help today
Despite the cost of Klonopin rehab, getting back a sober lifestyle is worth the price. Contact your primary care doctor or an addiction recovery specialist today to find out what treatments are best for you.