Vivitrol

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 has fully detoxed from opioids. Unlike other medications like methadone and buprenorphine that can be taken during the detox process, it is extremely important to Vivitrol is not consumed until detox has been completed. Taking Vivitrol too soon can trigger the onset of painful withdrawal symptoms, which is why it is recommended for individuals to wait 7-14 days after detox to being treatment with this medication.

Vivitrol is a once-monthly injectable medication that is 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 the progress they have made in treatment. Vivitrol is proven to work 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 and all effects that could be produced by the use of opioids. Therefore, any attempt to abuse opioids will yield no desirable effects, 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 goes to abuse opioids will not get the effect they are looking for. While this is exactly how the medication is supposed to work, there are instances where individuals will abuse excessively large amounts of opioids in an effort to get high. When this occurs, the risk for overdose increases exponentially. Combining Vivitrol with specific types of psycho-social support and psychotherapy helps patients recover from opioid relapses and promotes recovery. Unlike many programs, at Wave Treatment Center, Vivitrol is administered by our medical staff.

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

Who Can Benefit From Vivitrol?

Vivitrol has proven to be highly effective for those individuals who are 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 and has the same indications for opioid use disorder (OUD) and alcohol use disorder (AUD). We may discuss oral naltrexone as an option depending on several individual factors but it is most commonly prescribed for later stages of recovery.

Individuals recovering from opioid use disorder often experience difficulty with cravings for continued use. This is highly common, especially in those who were 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 being uncomfortable to debilitating. 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 is 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 risk of opioid overdose. However, there are circumstances when Vivitrol can be given prior to this time frame. Wave Treatment Centers can go over this with you in more detail.

 

Vivitrol in Philadelphia

At Wave Treatment Centers, we take treating substance use disorders with the utmost seriousness. We understand that this disease of the brain can deeply impact and forever alter the course of one’s life and the lives of their loved ones. That is why, when appropriate, we provide additional services to enhance the overall treatment process, such as Vivitrol. To get started on your recovery, reach out to Wave Treatment Centers right now and speak with one of our compassionate and skilled team members.

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