Vivitrol is a once-a-month treatment that can help reduce opioid and alcohol dependence. The main ingredient is Naltrexone, which targets both conditions differently (but with the same goal of supporting your recovery).
Vivitrol treatment is available in an injectable form. Every four weeks, you visit the Rose Medical Clinic team for an injection.
What makes Vivitrol unique is that it’s the only type of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) that isn’t a controlled substance. It’s not a narcotic and doesn’t carry the same potential for substance misuse as methadone.
Vivitrol is an opioid antagonist that bonds to the opioid receptors in your brain, but doesn’t activate them. It can reduce cravings and prevent opioids from attaching to your receptors.
You can’t get high on Vivitrol, so you’re less likely to use opioids. Without intense cravings or the ability to get high, you may enjoy a safer recovery process.
Like opioid addiction, Vivitrol targets your opioid receptors to change the way your brain reacts to alcohol. Taking Vivitrol minimizes the euphoric effects of alcohol, so you have less incentive to drink alcohol.
However, it’s important to note that vivitrol’s effects aren’t instant. Vivitrol gradually blocks the rewarding feeling you get when drinking alcohol, but it doesn’t prevent its effects completely. This is why following your treatment plan without missing any injections is essential for a long-lasting recovery.
The team administers Vivitrol as an intramuscular (IM) gluteal injection. Whether you take the medication for opioid or alcohol dependence, you must complete your detox first. The team recommends abstaining from opioids and/or alcohol for at least seven to 10 days before starting Vivitrol treatment.
Vivitrol cannot cure opioid or alcohol addiction, but it can help treat addiction symptoms. Combining the treatment with regular counseling can help reduce your dependence on alcohol and/or opioids, which lowers your chances of relapse.
At Rose Medical Clinic, the team always performs a comprehensive physical exam and mental health evaluation prior to treatment to ensure that Vivitrol is best for you.
To schedule an appointment for Vivitrol treatment, call Rose Medical Clinic in Chillicothe, Ohio, or book online today.