One of the outpatient treatment options for clients in Fort Gratiot struggling with opioid dependence and addiction is opioid maintenance therapy. Some facilities and doctors are authorized to administer specific medications to opioid dependent people, many that are opioid-based also and are habit forming. In low enough amounts however, the user does not feel high and also does not experience severe cravings and isn't in opioid withdrawal. Methadone is the first medication administered for this reason, but there are alternative options currently to choose from.
Methadone is an opiate and can be taken at an out-patient clinic certified to dispense the drug, which is taken daily in liquid or pill form. The price of the med is about $150 per month. Buprenorphine is also an opioid-based med, and is in pill form often taken one day on, one day off. But unlike Methadone which is only be dispensed in highly well-regulated clinics, Buprenorphine can be prescribed and administered in doctor's offices. The price monthly of buprenorphine is about three hundred dollars monthly for the generic of the med. There is also a type of buprenorphine that contains the ingredient naloxone, which is a drug that reverses the effects of opiates. Someone taking this version of the drug, AKA Suboxone, would find it harder to feel high from opioids if they relapsed while taking the drug. It too is taken every day, and costs approximately $450 monthly. Naltrexone is another drug taken in opioid maintenance therapy, but unlike the other drugs mentioned here it's an opioid blocker and is not an opiate. There is an option to take this medication as a monthly shot, and that is called Vivitrol. As an opioid blocker, the drug prevents an individual from feeling high from opioids, and in turn lowers the risk associated with relapse. This daily shot costs in the range of $1000 to $1200 /month.
There are 4 Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centers offering this service near Fort Gratiot, MI