WebMD features Dr. Cali Estes: Harm Reduction Approach to Opioid Treatment




Web MD features Dr. Cali Estes Opioid Use Disorder expert on how to obtain opiate treatment utilizing harm reduction approaches. She discusses MAT such as Suboxone, Methadone, and Vivitrol and the grants and scholarships available.

Read on for an excerpt from the article and then continue to the full article.


6 Ways to Cover the Cost of Opioid Treatment

Here’s how you can get the help you need, whether you have health insurance or not.

Facing the prospect of paying for opioid addiction treatment can seem daunting, especially if you’re underinsured or you don’t have insurance. But there are many federal, state-level, and local programs that can help you pay for the treatment you need.

Treatment options for opioid addiction include medication-assisted treatment with drugs like methadone and naltrexone, inpatient rehab, and outpatient programs. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), medication-assisted opioid dependence treatment through an outpatient program costs between $460 and $1,176 per month. The average cost of inpatient treatment is $4,383, says a 2018 study in the Journal of Pain Research.

When you look for ways to pay for opioid addiction treatment, it’s important to realize there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. Available programs will vary depending on where you live.