One of the outpatient treatment alternatives for individuals in Benzonia battling with opioid abuse and addiction is called opioid maintenance therapy. Licensed facilities and doctors are certified to administer certain medications to opioid dependent clients, many that are opioid-based themselves and are habit forming. With low enough doses however, the individual doesn't feel high and also doesn't have acute cravings and is not in opioid withdrawal. Methadone is the first medication tried for this sole purpose, but there are a few more options currently to choose from.
Methadone is an opiate and can be taken at an out-patient clinic licensed to administer the drug, that is taken on a daily basis as a pill or liquid. The cost of the drug is around $150 monthly. Buprenorphine is also an opioid-based drug, and is a pill often taken every other day. But different from Methadone which can only be given in highly well-regulated medical centers, Buprenorphine can be prescribed and dispensed in doctor's offices. The monthly cost of buprenorphine is around $300 a month for the generic of the drug. There is also a version of buprenorphine that contains the ingredient naloxone, which is a drug which blocks the effects of opiates. Someone taking this formulation, AKA Suboxone, would find it more difficult to feel high from opioids if they relapsed while taking the drug. It is also taken on a daily basis, and costs about $450 monthly. Naltrexone is an additional drug taken in opioid maintenance therapy, but unlike the other medications mentioned it's an opioid blocker and isn't an opiate. A person has the choice to take this medication as a monthly injection, and that is called Vivitrol. As an opioid blocker, it prevents a person from experience high feelings from opioids, and in turn lowers the risk associated with relapse. This daily shot costs anywhere from $1000 to $1200 a month.
There are 4 Alcohol and Drug Treatment Facilities offering this service near Benzonia, MI