According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, recent preliminary cost estimates from the U.S. Department of Defense for treatment in a certified opioid treatment program (OTP) as of March 2018 provide a reasonable basis for comparison:

  • methadone treatment, including medication and integrated psychosocial and medical support services (assumes daily visits):  $126.00 per week or $6,552.00 per year
  • buprenorphine for a stable patient provided in a certified OTP, including medication and twice-weekly visits: $115.00 per week or $5,980.00 per year
  • naltrexone provided in an OTP, including drug, drug administration, and related services: $1,176.50 per month or $14,112.00 per year