One of the out-patient treatment options for people in Houghton who are struggling with opioid abuse and addiction is opioid maintenance therapy. Licensed clinics and doctors are certified to dispense certain meds to opioid addicted individuals, many that are opioid-based themselves and are addiction. In low enough amounts the individual doesn't experience high feelings but also does not have severe cravings and is not in opioid withdrawal. Methadone is the first drug tried for this reason, but there are other options to pick from.
Methadone is an opiate and is meant to be taken at an outpatient clinic licensed to administer the drug, that is taken daily in liquid or pill form. The price of the drug is approximately $150 monthly. Buprenorphine is also an opioid-based med, and is in pill form often taken every other day. But different from Methadone that can only be dispensed in highly structured medical centers, Buprenorphine can be and is prescribed and dispensed in doctor's offices. The cost monthly of buprenorphine is approximately three hundred dollars per 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. An individual consuming this formulation, AKA Suboxone, would find it more difficult to get high from opioids if they relapsed while taking the drug. It is also taken daily, and costs approximately $450 monthly. Naltrexone is an additional medication used in opioid maintenance therapy, but unlike the other medications mentioned it is an opiate blocker and is not an opioid. There is an option to take this medication as a monthly shot, which is called Vivitrol. As an opioid blocker, the drug prevents someone from experience being high from opioids, and therefore lowers the risk associated with relapse. This daily injection costs anywhere from $1000 to $1200 monthly.
There are 4 Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation Centers offering this service near Houghton, MI