One of the out-patient treatment alternatives for individuals in Groom 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 clients, many of which are opioid-based themselves and are addiction. In low enough doses however, the individual does not experience being high and also doesn't have severe cravings and isn't in opioid withdrawal. Methadone is the first medication administered for this sole purpose, but there are other options currently to pick from.
Methadone is an opioid and can be taken at an outpatient clinic certified to dispense the drug, that is taken daily as a pill or liquid. The cost of the med is around $150 per month. Buprenorphine is also an opioid-based drug, and is a pill often taken every other day. But unlike Methadone which can only be dispensed in well-regulated clinics, Buprenorphine can be prescribed and administered in doctor's offices. The monthly cost of buprenorphine is around three hundred dollars /month for the generic version of the drug. There is also a type of buprenorphine that contains naloxone, that is a med which blocks the effects of opiates. An individual taking this formulation, also known as Suboxone, would find it harder to feel high from opioids if they relapsed while taking the drug. It is also taken on a daily basis, and is priced approximately $450 /month. Naltrexone is another medication taken in opioid maintenance therapy, but unlike the other drugs mentioned it's an opioid blocker and isn't an opioid. There is an option to take this medication as a monthly shot, and that is called Vivitrol. As an opioid blocker, it prevents a person from getting high from opioids, and therefore lowers the risk associated with relapse. This daily injection costs in the range of $1000 to $1200 a month.
There are 4 Alcohol and Drug Treatment Programs offering this service near Groom, TX