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An addiction can ruin the lives of everyone involved. Whether addiction is alcoholism or an abuse of opiates, the results are often the same. Addicts lose jobs, careers, income, and the respect of friends and loved ones. If they have not gone too far down the road of abuse, clinical help is available through a professional VIVITROL program.
VIVITROL blocks opioid molecules from attaching to opioid receptors in the brain. The drug also works to block the release of dopamine. Dependence on drugs or alcohol forms when a person becomes addicted to the highs that result from dopamine being released by the brain. It is necessary for patients to undergo a thorough mental and physical examination, along with detox, before starting VIVITROL. This is done to catch and treat any co-existing mental conditions that may impede, or have caused, the patient’s addiction.
VIVITROL TREATMENT FOR OPIOID
WHAT IS IT?
Naltrexone is an opioid blocker that is also useful in the treatment of opioid addiction. Naltrexone blocks the euphoric and pain-relieving effects of heroin and most other opioids. This type of medication-assisted treatment does not have addictive properties, does not produce physical dependence, and tolerance does not develop. Whereas naltrexone is traditionally administered in a once-daily pill form, Vivitrol is a monthly injectable form of the drug naltrexone.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Naltrexone works by blocking opioid receptors in the brain. In other words, naltrexone blocks the “high” which compels addicts to continue using. The absence of the high means less possibility of relapse, and a better opportunity for you to focus on recovery. For some patients, naltrexone can also reduce cravings.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Vivitrol treatment as part of our MAT therapy is a good fit for those who have largely stabilized in recovery. Patients receiving a monthly Vivitrol injection can continue their counseling and lead their daily lives without daily medication. Responsibility to family and/or employers can be maintained while receiving treatment.
Our programs can also be an excellent fit when used as post-inpatient treatment program. People who continue on with an Outpatient Treatment program have the best chance for long term recovery.
Treatment does not require participation in a highly-regulated federal program such as a methadone clinic. Success rates, as measured by retention in treatment and one-year sobriety, have been reported as high as 40 to 60 percent in some studies.
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VIVITROL is the brand name of naltrexone’s injectable form. It has to be administered by a professional clinician when used to treat an alcohol addiction. Alcohol, like opioids, affect brain chemistry by stimulating the release of chemicals that produce acute feelings of pleasure. Long-term use of alcohol eventually interferes with how the brain naturally produces feelings of pleasure. In time, the alcoholic needs more and more alcohol to produce their high. VIVITROL blocks the release of stimulating chemicals brought on through alcohol use.
A VIVITROL Shot for Opiate Addiction works in the same way as arresting an alcohol condition. The best results follow a successful detox