One of the out-patient treatment options for people in Richmond who are battling with opioid dependence and addiction is called opioid maintenance therapy. Licensed facilities and doctors are certified to give certain meds to opioid addicted individuals, many of which are opioid-based also and are habit forming. With low enough amounts however, the user doesn't experience being high and also does not have intense cravings and isn't in opioid withdrawal. Methadone is the first drug tried for this reason, but there are other options currently to select from.
Methadone is an opiate and is meant to be taken at an outpatient clinic licensed to dispense the drug, that is taken on a daily basis as a pill or liquid. The price of the med is about $150 per month. Buprenorphine is also an opioid-based med, and is a pill often taken every other day. But unlike Methadone that is only be given in highly structured clinics, Buprenorphine can be and is prescribed and dispensed in doctor's offices. The price monthly of buprenorphine is about just under $300 monthly for the generic of the medication. There is also a type of buprenorphine containing the drug naloxone, that is a med that reverses the effects of opioids. An individual consuming this formulation, also known as Suboxone, would find it harder to get high from opioids if they relapsed while taking the drug. It is also taken on a daily basis, and costs about $450 /month. Naltrexone is another medication taken in opioid maintenance therapy, but unlike the other drugs mentioned it is an opioid blocker and is not an opiate. There is an option to take this medication as a monthly shot, which 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 shot costs anywhere from $1000 to $1200 /month.
There are 4 Alcohol and Drug Treatment Programs offering this service near Richmond, MN