One of the out-patient rehabilitation alternatives for clients in Houghton who are struggling with opioid dependence and addiction is called opioid maintenance therapy. Licensed centers and doctors are certified to administer certain meds to opioid addicted individuals, many of which are opioids also and are addiction. With low doses however, the user doesn't experience high feelings and also doesn't have acute cravings and is not in opioid withdrawal. Methadone is the first med used for this reason, but there are alternative options to choose from.
Methadone is an opiate and can be taken at an out-patient medical center licensed to administer the med, which is taken daily as a pill or liquid. The price of the med is about $150 monthly. Buprenorphine is also an opiate based med, and is in pill form often taken every other day. But different from Methadone that can only be administered in highly well-regulated clinics, Buprenorphine can be and is prescribed and dispensed in doctor's offices. The monthly cost of buprenorphine is about three hundred dollars per month for the generic of the medication. There is also a version of buprenorphine that contains naloxone, which is a drug which reverses the effects of opiates. A person consuming this version of the drug, AKA Suboxone, would find it more difficult to feel high from opioids if they relapsed while taking the drug. It too is taken every day, and costs around $450 per month. Naltrexone is another med taken in opioid maintenance therapy, but unlike the other medications aforementioned it's an opioid blocker and is not an opiate. A person has the choice to take this drug as a monthly injection, which is called Vivitrol. As an opioid blocker, it prevents an individual from experience high feelings from opioids, and in turn lowers the risk associated with relapse. This daily shot costs anywhere from $1000 to $1200 monthly.
There are 4 Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation Facilities offering this service near Houghton, MI