One of the outpatient treatment alternatives for clients in Woodson battling with opioid abuse and addiction is called opioid maintenance therapy. Licensed centers and doctors are authorized to administer certain medications to opioid dependent individuals, many that are opioids themselves and are addictive. In low enough amounts the user doesn't feel high and also does not have acute cravings and is not experiencing opioid withdrawal. Methadone is the first drug used for this purpose, but there are alternative choices currently to pick from.
Methadone is an opiate and can be taken at an out-patient clinic licensed to administer the med, which is taken on a daily basis in liquid or pill form. The price of the med is about under $200 per month. Buprenorphine is also an opioid based drug, and is in pill form often taken every other day. 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 cost monthly of buprenorphine is around $300.00 monthly for the generic version of the med. There is also a type of buprenorphine that contains naloxone, which is a med which blocks the effects of opiates. Someone consuming this formulation, AKA Suboxone, would find it harder to get high from opioids if they relapsed while taking the drug. It too is taken daily, and is priced around $450 /month. Naltrexone is an additional drug taken in opioid maintenance therapy, but unlike the other drugs mentioned it's an opiate blocker and isn't an opiate. There is an option to take this medication as a monthly shot, which is called Vivitrol. As an opioid blocker, it prevents someone from experience high feelings from opioids, and in turn lowers the risk associated with relapse. This daily injection costs anywhere from $1000 to $1200 monthly.
There are 4 Alcohol and Drug Rehab Programs offering this service near Woodson, TX