One of the out-patient treatment alternatives for people in Tow struggling with opioid dependence and addiction is called opioid maintenance therapy. Licensed facilities and doctors are authorized to give specific meds to opioid dependent clients, many that are opioids themselves and are addictive. In low enough amounts however, the client does not experience being high but also does not have severe cravings and isn't experiencing opioid withdrawal. Methadone is the first med used for this reason, but there are alternative options to choose from.
Methadone is an opiate and is meant to be taken at an outpatient medical center certified to administer the med, that is taken on a daily basis in liquid or pill form. The price of the med is around $150 a month. Buprenorphine is also an opioid based med, and is a pill often taken one day on, one day off. But unlike Methadone that is only be administered in highly well-regulated medical centers, Buprenorphine can be prescribed and administered in doctor's offices. The price monthly of buprenorphine is around $300 /month for the generic of the med. There is also a version of buprenorphine that contains the ingredient naloxone, which is a med which reverses the effects of opiates. An individual taking 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 daily, and is priced around $450 monthly. Naltrexone is another medication taken in opioid maintenance therapy, but unlike the other drugs mentioned here it's an opiate blocker and isn't an opiate. There is an option to take this medication as a monthly injection, which 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 /month.
There are 4 Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Programs offering this service near Tow, TX