One of the outpatient treatment options for clients in Cisco battling with opioid dependence and addiction is called opioid maintenance therapy. Licensed centers and doctors are certified to administer certain meds to opioid dependent clients, many that are opioid-based also and are habit forming. In low enough doses however, the client does not experience being high and also does not experience severe cravings and isn't experiencing opioid withdrawal. Methadone is the first med tried for this reason, but there are alternative options to choose from.
Methadone is an opiate and can be taken at an out-patient clinic certified to dispense the med, that is taken on a daily basis as a pill or liquid. The cost of the med is about one hundred and fifty dolloars a month. Buprenorphine is also an opiate based med, and is a pill often taken every other day. But different from 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 around $300 per month for the generic of the med. There is also a version of buprenorphine that contains the ingredient naloxone, which is a drug that blocks the effects of opioids. A person consuming this formulation, also known as Suboxone, would find it more difficult to feel high from opioids if they relapsed while taking the drug. It is also taken on a daily basis, and costs approximately $450 /month. Naltrexone is another drug 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, and that is called Vivitrol. As an opioid blocker, the drug prevents a person from feeling high from opioids, and therefore lowers the risk associated with relapse. This daily shot costs anywhere from $1000 to $1200 /month.
There are 4 Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Facilities offering this service near Cisco, TX