Montana Opiate Addiction Treatment

The state of Montana has stayed right in line with current trends throughout the U.S. regarding opiate addiction. Like many other states, Montana has seen an increase in opiate addiction related cases including a rise in criminal activity, increased numbers of prescription drug related overdoses and a rise in heroin overdose related deaths. The DEA has worked hard to keep Oxycontin off the streets of Montana but with little justice.

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  • Opioid addiction treatment has more options than almost any other type of addiction rehab program. A person can choose between multiple pharmacological, therapeutic, and holistic options for their recoveries.
  • Most opioid addicts prefer being treated with methadone or buprenorphine, but some may benefit from naltrexone treatment. The drug is not well tolerated by most individuals, but according to Harvard Medical School, it can be helpful to those who are “highly motivated to get free” of the drug like white collar individuals or healthcare professionals.
  • Behavioral therapies can help patients become more motivated to quit abusing drugs and to live a happier, healthier life without substance abuse.
  • 12-step support groups like Narcotics Anonymous can be helpful during addiction treatment and even as an aftercare option.
  • The earlier a person begins their treatment for opioid addiction, the better the outcome often is and the faster they can create a strong recovery.


  • According to the Montana Department of Human Services, “Between 2000 and 2015, 693 deaths in Montana were attributed to prescription opioid poisoning.”
  • Benzodiazepines were the drugs most commonly associated with deaths caused by prescription opioids and another drug (51). This is followed by tricyclic and tetracyclic antidepressants (31) and other unspecified antidepressants (22).
  • One of the reasons why the Montana rate of opioid-related overdoses may have dropped in the last few years is because of the spike of individuals enrolled in opioid treatment programs. Between 2011 and 2012, the number of individuals receiving methadone in the state jumped from 80 to 150.
  • Unfortunately, though, the amount of opioid pain relievers sold rose from 2009 to 2010 at least one kilogram per 10,000 population (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). These numbers have been increasing since 2006 and show that there is still a large amount of opioids in the state, similar even to that of the national average.


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