Vivitrol Treatment in Philadelphia, PA

Vivitrol treatment can help with opioid and alcohol use disorders. Alcohol and opioid abuse can lead to a physical dependency on either substance. Regular injections of Vivitrol after detox can prevent relapse and overdose during addiction recovery. Wave Treatment Centers of Philadelphia, PA, offer Vivitrol injections as an option for medication-assisted treatment (MAT).

What is Vivitrol?

Vivitrol is a leading medication used to treat opioid use disorder and alcohol use disorder. Approved in 2010 by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Vivitrol helps prevent relapse after an individual fully detoxes from opioids. Unlike other medications like methadone and buprenorphine that can be taken during the detox process, it is extremely important that Vivitrol is not used until detox is complete. Taking Vivitrol too soon can trigger the onset of painful withdrawal symptoms. Individuals must wait 7-14 days after detox to begin treatment with this medication.

Vivitrol is a once-monthly injectable medication administered by a healthcare provider. The length of time that a person continues to receive Vivitrol injections will depend on several personal factors, such as the severity of their opioid dependence and their progress in treatment. Vivitrol is proven to prevent relapse only when combined with counseling services.

How Does Vivitrol Work?

Vivitrol is an opioid antagonist, meaning that it fully attaches to the opioid receptors in the brain, blocking any effects that the use of opioids could produce. Any attempt to abuse opioids will yield no desirable results, such as a sense of euphoria or relaxation. The once-monthly injection provides effectiveness for approximately 30 days.

Because Vivitrol blocks the opioid receptors in the brain, someone who abuses opioids will not get the effect they are looking for. While this is how the medication is supposed to work, there are instances where individuals will use excessive amounts of opioids to over-power Vivitrol. When this occurs, the risk for overdose increases exponentially. Combining Vivitrol with social support and psychotherapy helps patients recover from opioid relapses and promotes recovery. At Wave Treatment Center, our medical staff administers Vivitrol injections.

Vivitrol for Opioid-Use Disorder

Vivitrol helps prevent relapse with opioids after an individual has fully detoxed from opioids. Wave Treatment Centers has extensive experience introducing Vivitrol during the transition from active opioid dependence to early recovery. We can provide the ambulatory (outpatient) detox services necessary for your success.

Vivitrol for Alcohol-Use Disorder

Vivitrol can help heavy drinkers struggling to manage their symptoms. The active drug in Vivitrol, naltrexone, is FDA-approved for treating both alcohol and opioid use disorders. Vivitrol blocks the pleasurable feelings associated with drinking to cut down on cravings, reduce drinking, and maintain sobriety.

Who Can Benefit From Vivitrol?

Vivitrol has proven to be highly effective for individuals struggling with opioid dependence or alcohol dependence. Vivitrol is a long-acting injectable form of a medication called naltrexone. Naltrexone is also available as an oral tablet for opioid use disorder (OUD) and alcohol use disorder (AUD). Oral naltrexone is most commonly prescribed for later stages of recovery.

Individuals recovering from opioid use disorder often experience difficulty with cravings for continued use. Intense cravings are common, especially in those dependent on opioids in the past. Dependence refers to an individual being physically unable to stop using opioids without developing withdrawal symptoms that can range in severity from mild discomfort to life-threatening. Those individuals tend to see the most success when Vivitrol is incorporated into their overall treatment plan, as it can help curb cravings and extend their early recovery period.

Who Won’t Benefit From Vivitrol?

Vivitrol is not appropriate for patients in whom ongoing prescribed opioids are necessary. Wave Treatment Centers also has expertise in managing chronic pain and can help determine if alternative treatment options are available. Because of how Vivitrol (long-acting injectable naltrexone) binds to and blocks (antagonist) opioid receptors, administration of naltrexone in either form can precipitate opioid withdrawal if given too soon after discontinuing opioids (typically between 7-10 days). When this occurs, there is a risk of opioid overdose. However, there are circumstances when Vivitrol can be given before this time frame. 


Get Vivitrol in Philadelphia, PA

At Wave Treatment Centers, we treat substance use disorders with the utmost seriousness. We understand that addiction can profoundly impact and forever alter the course of one’s life and the lives of their loved ones. We provide additional services to enhance the overall treatment process, such as Vivitrol. To get started on your recovery, give us a call or use our contact form today.


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