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What Does Opiate Addiction Treatment Cost?

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Medically reviewed: 02/07/2019
Last updated: 05/13/2019
Author: Addictions.com Medical Review

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Addiction to Oxycontin, Morphine, Oxycodone, heroin, opium, or any other opiate can be very harmful to your health and well-being. Chronic use of opiates leads to tolerance, and searching for the next high puts you at risk of overdose. With chronic opiate use your body stops producing endorphins and starts depending on the drugs to act in their place. Because of this dependence, trying to get off of opiates usually comes along with withdrawal, and withdrawal makes it very difficult for users to quit. Symptoms of withdrawal include irritability, anxiety, insomnia, hot and cold sweats, nausea and muscle pain. Opiate addiction treatments can help users to stop drug use and sometimes help in dealing with withdrawal symptoms.

If you or someone you love is struggling with opiate addiction, it is important to find help. This information will help you to weigh the costs of different opiate addiction treatments. The cost of treatment will depend on the level and type of treatment you receive, the location, and your insurance plan.

Inpatient or outpatient programs

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You can find a treatment plan that works for your personal and financial situation.

Inpatient and outpatient programs are both different types of treatments and different levels of intensity. With inpatient programs you will live at the treatment center and usually have daily care. This is typically more expensive than outpatient care as you have to account for the costs of food and housing, as well as potentially more counseling sessions. It is recommended, however, for people who lack support in their current environments and who are often exposed to opiates. Inpatient programs may be close to home or far away, depending on which you choose. When considering this, you should also consider the transportation cost of getting to and from the center at the start and end of your program and the income that you will not receive while in treatment.

Outpatient programs are usually close to one’s home and allow individuals to continue working, which can reduce the total cost of treatment. They are usually less intensive and may not include daily sessions, which also lowers costs. Again, with outpatient programs you should consider transportation costs of getting to and from the program. More self control and independence is required with outpatient programs, as you are not living in the treatment facility.

Substitution medications for opiate addiction treatment

Buprenorphine, Suboxone, and methadone are substitution treatments for opiate addiction. According to the CDC, they prevent withdrawal symptoms and are intended to stop a person’s use of opiates. The first two can be prescribed by physicians, and for this reason they can be more convenient than methadone for some users. The costs of these drugs are determined by the pharmaceutical manufacturer, your insurer, the health plan of the clinic that is prescribing the medicine, and the retail pharmacies that sell the medicine. Since buprenorphine and suboxone are administered in physicians’ offices, the cost often also includes a charge for the doctor’s visit. Methadone is usually cheaper and is administered in specialized clinics, thus not including a physician’s fee. Some people choose to take substitution therapies alone, but they are most effective when accompanied by counseling and support groups.

Insurance coverage – your plan may help offset the costs of opiate addiction treatment

Both private health insurance and employer-subsidized plans often include some coverage for substance abuse and addiction treatment. If you have a policy, you should check with your provider to find out if you are covered in some way. The Affordable Care Act may also have helped to make these supports more widely available.