One of the outpatient treatment alternatives for individuals in Tomball struggling with opioid abuse and addiction is opioid maintenance therapy. Licensed centers and doctors are certified to dispense specific medications to opioid dependent clients, many that are opioids also and are addictive. In low enough doses however, the user does not experience high feelings but also doesn't experience severe cravings and isn't in opioid withdrawal. Methadone is the first medication administered for this reason, but there are a few more choices to pick from.
Methadone is an opioid and is meant to be taken at an outpatient clinic certified to administer the drug, which is taken daily as a pill or liquid. The cost of the drug is around $150 per month. Buprenorphine is also an opiate based drug, and is in pill form often taken one day on, one day off. But different from Methadone which can only be given in highly structured clinics, Buprenorphine can be prescribed and dispensed in doctor's offices. The price monthly of buprenorphine is approximately $300 a month for the generic of the med. There is also a version of buprenorphine that contains the ingredient naloxone, which is a med that blocks the effects of opiates. Someone taking this version of the drug, AKA Suboxone, would find it more difficult to get high from opioids if they relapsed while taking the drug. It too is taken every day, and costs around $450 monthly. Naltrexone is another drug taken in opioid maintenance therapy, but unlike the other drugs mentioned it is an opioid blocker and isn't an opiate. 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 feeling high from opioids, and in turn lowers the risk associated with relapse. This daily injection costs anywhere from $1000 to $1200 a month.
There are 1 Alcohol and Drug Treatment Facilities offering this service in Tomball, TX