One of the out-patient treatment options for people in Fresno who are struggling with opioid dependence and addiction is opioid maintenance therapy. Some clinics and doctors are authorized to dispense certain medications to opioid dependent individuals, many of which are opioid-based also and are habit forming. In low enough doses however, the user doesn't experience being high but also doesn't experience intense cravings and isn't experiencing opioid withdrawal. Methadone is the first drug tried for this reason, but there are a few more choices to pick from.
Methadone is an opioid and can be taken at an out-patient medical center licensed to dispense the drug, that is taken on a daily basis as a pill or liquid. The cost of the med is around one hundred and fifty dolloars a month. Buprenorphine is also an opioid-based med, and is in pill form often taken every other day. But different from Methadone which is only be dispensed in highly structured clinics, Buprenorphine can be prescribed and administered in doctor's offices. The price monthly of buprenorphine is about $300 /month for the generic of the med. There is also a type of buprenorphine that contains naloxone, which is a med which blocks the effects of opiates. A person consuming this version of the drug, also known as Suboxone, would find it harder to feel high from opioids if they relapsed while taking the drug. It too is taken daily, and is priced around $450 a month. Naltrexone is an additional med taken in opioid maintenance therapy, but unlike the other drugs aforementioned it is an opioid blocker and isn't 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 someone from experience being high from opioids, and therefore lowers the risk associated with relapse. This daily shot costs anywhere from $1000 to $1200 per month.
There are 4 Alcohol and Drug Treatment Facilities offering this service near Fresno, TX