One of the outpatient treatment options for clients in North Street battling with opioid dependence and addiction is called opioid maintenance therapy. Licensed facilities and doctors are authorized to dispense specific meds to opioid addicted individuals, many of which are opioids also and are habit forming. In low enough amounts however, the client doesn't feel high and also does not have intense cravings and is not in opioid withdrawal. Methadone is the first medication administered for this sole purpose, but there are alternative choices currently to choose from.
Methadone is an opioid and is meant to be taken at an outpatient medical center licensed to administer the med, that is taken daily as a pill or liquid. The price of the med is around $150 a month. Buprenorphine is also an opioid based med, and is in pill form often taken every other day. But unlike Methadone that can only be given in well-regulated clinics, Buprenorphine can be prescribed and administered in doctor's offices. The cost monthly of buprenorphine is about three hundred dollars monthly for the generic version of the medication. There is also a type of buprenorphine that contains naloxone, that is a med that reverses the effects of opioids. A person taking this formulation, also known as 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 about $450 a month. Naltrexone is an additional med used in opioid maintenance therapy, but unlike the other drugs aforementioned it is an opioid blocker and is not an opioid. There is an option to take this drug as a monthly shot, and that is called Vivitrol. As an opioid blocker, it prevents someone from getting high from opioids, and in turn lowers the risk associated with relapse. This daily injection costs in the range of $1000 to $1200 monthly.
There are 4 Alcohol and Drug Rehab Centers offering this service near North Street, MI