Addiction Treatment with Vivitrol

Opioid and alcohol abuse pose significant problems in the United States, destroying families and putting lives at risk. In fact, there are currently nearly three million Americans suffering from an opioid addiction and 15 million adults struggling with an alcohol use disorder.

For those fighting addiction, the road to sobriety can be an uphill battle. In many cases, seeking to break the cycle requires professional assistance, detox in a certified treatment facility, and, in many cases, medical intervention. With options ranging from buprenorphine for pain reliever addictions to naloxone to address in-the-moment opiate overdoses, there are numerous opportunities available to help those tempted by drugs.

If you or someone you love is trapped in the grasp of an addiction to alcohol or opioids, Vivitrol may be able to help. A pharmaceutical response to taming withdrawal symptoms and reducing temptations, this prescription substance is growing in popularity from coast to coast. With availability at The Treatment Center in conjunction with our rehabilitation services, Vivitrol may be the saving grace you need to get clean and stay clean. Call us today at (866) 295-6003.

What Is Vivitrol?

Also known by the generic name naltrexone, Vivitrol is a non-addictive extended-release drug designed to prevent opioid and alcohol dependence after detox, not during the initial stages. In essence, this reduces the sedative and euphoric effects that central nervous system depressants can cause, effectively reducing the physical drivers behind cravings.

Unlike many medicines that attempt to offset the effects of alcohol or drugs in the moment or immediately following use, Vivitrol helps those in recovery to stay clean after breaking an addiction. Vivitrol should also to be combined with counseling in order to maximize effectiveness, combining medical and psychological treatments to help patients approach sobriety from as many angles as possible. In this regard, Vivitrol is best used as a part of a long-term strategy for sobriety, not a quick fix in the thick of addiction.

How Does Vivitrol Work?

Vivitrol works by interfering with the function of addictive substances in order to minimize both cravings for drugs and the effects of the drugs themselves.

The draw to depressants like alcohol and opiates comes from the interaction within the central nervous system. When consumed, these drugs alter neurotransmitter levels, leading to an increase or decrease of molecules that bind to receptors within the brain. This can then affect the ways in which the brain produces neurotransmitters on its own without drugs, creating a physical component to addiction. In order to overcome this, Vivitrol acts as an antagonist, creating molecules that bind to opioid receptors in a way that does not trigger a release of dopamine. In essence, this creates a barrier, blocking opioid molecules from attaching to these sites.

As an extended-release medication, Vivitrol is intended to work for up to one month per dose. Instead of functioning in a pill form, naltrexone is administered by your doctor as an intramuscular solution.

Why Vivitrol May Work for You

The idea of prescription therapy to treat addiction is not a new concept. Employed by rehabilitation clinics and drug treatment facilities across the country, those with ongoing addiction issues have likely encountered other options before attempting recovery with Vivitrol.

Many drugs exist in the opioid and alcohol treatment realm, including Antabuse and Campral for alcohol detox and Suboxone for opioid addiction. Antabuse functions by triggering highly unpleasant side effects when alcohol is consumed while Campral is believed to re-balance neurotransmitters within the brain to counteract physical changes. Suboxone, on the other hand, tames craving by negating the effects of opioids if taken.

For many patients, these drugs help in the moment, working to address struggles during and immediately after detox. However, this period of time is extremely short. Recovery, on the other hand, is a long journey and entails plenty of commitment and dedication. Without the benefit of drugs after rehabilitation, many patients feel extremely susceptible to relapse. Vivitrol, however, begins after detox is complete, with seven to 14 days of sobriety required for doses to begin. This effectively provides support during the most vulnerable stage of recovery, helping patients to focus on getting better with a clear head and a diminished desire to use.

In a six month double blind study combining Vivitrol and a placebo with counseling, researchers found that those treated with Vivitrol had 90% opioid-free weeks versus 35% in the placebo group at the primary endpoint. Furthermore, at the secondary endpoint, the Vivitrol group experienced a 55% decrease in cravings, longer treatment stints of 168 days versus 96 days, and a significantly reduced chance of relapse. Results were similar in an alcohol addiction study, with a 25% greater reduction in the number of heavy drinking days experienced after treatment in Vivitrol users versus a placebo group.

Rehabilitation and Vivitrol

At The Treatment Center, we are able to offer Vivitrol to recovering patients in conjunction with individual counseling, support groups, and more in our residential treatment center. With a focus on personalized care, we are dedicated to creating solutions that are correct for you, working to address the individual drivers behind addiction, the likelihood of relapse, and the personal struggles that can stand in the way of recovery.

Our services complement medical therapies, ensuring patients receive a well-rounded experience focused on long-term health. Options include:

There is no magic cure for opioid addiction and alcoholism, but Vivitrol can help. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse, The Treatment Center can assist in achieving sobriety, providing a specially curated approach to care targeted to unique patient needs. Please contact us today at (866) 295-6003 to learn more.