Vivitrol is a monthly prescription injection that is used for the treatment of alcohol and opioid addiction. This prescription injection is an antagonist or blocking medication, it blocks opioid receptors in the brain, and curbs the cravings that lead to relapse. When Vivitrol is used in conjunction with other therapy treatments, the chances of relapse are less likely to occur.
Vivitrol allows the brain to be more open for available treatment by blocking those euphoric feelings an individual would have from being under the influence of alcohol or opioids. A proper medical detox is required before the use of Vivitrol, and then should be combined with a substance addiction therapy program. The chance of relapse diminishes significantly because of the substantial decrease in cravings. Research shows that taking Vivitrol® for six months in conjunction with counseling aids patients in having significantly longer periods of abstinence, remaining in treatment longer, a significant decrease in cravings, and were less likely to relapse due to physical dependence. The benefits from this injection helps numerous addicts enter recovery smoothly, and we properly assess each client to determine if they require vivitrol in their treatment plan.
Our Vivitrol Program at Banyan Treatment Center in Pompano is available for clients who are struggling with alcohol and/or opioid addiction. A proper and full assessment will be given by our highly-skilled medical staff to determine if Vivitrol is an acceptable intervention and should be added to an individual’s custom treatment plan. Recovery requires different methods for each individual and Vivitrol may not be right for you.
There are common side effects of the Vivitrol injections that all individuals should be aware of. These include:
- Nausea- You may experience nausea after your first injection and this effect usually improves after a few days.
- Headaches and dizziness
- Decreased appetite
- Painful joints
Addiction is a chronic brain disease that completely changes how the brain works and operates. This causes an uncontrollable urge to seek and use opioids, despite the damaging effects to your body and your life. As the brain builds up a tolerance, you need more and more opioids to feel the satisfying effects the same way as the first time. Over time, the body starts to feel withdrawal symptoms and if proper measures are not taken to tackle this disease, there could be life-threatening results. Most people need ongoing care and treatment to effectively fight addiction and enter recovery. Medications for treating addiction work by mixing with some of the same receptors in the brain that are triggered by different substances.
We are here to fully guide and assist you in all your recovery efforts for a new and healthy lifestyle. Vivitrol may be right for you and it’s never too late to change the course of your life. Sustained recovery is obtainable with the proper treatment methods.