Vivitrol is an extended-release, injectable version of the drug naltrexone, and it is commonly prescribed to those in recovery for alcohol abuse and addiction or opiate addiction. The drug is designed to stem the cravings of those who have already quit drinking and to help those who are in recovery to avoid relapse by blocking the effects of opiate drugs.
Do you think Vivitrol would increase the efficacy of your drug and alcohol addiction treatment program? Call now to be matched with a program that includes Vivitrol providers and Vivitrol maintenance as an option.
Where Do You Get Vivitrol?
The best way to locate a provider who can help you to utilize Vivitrol is to contact us at the phone number listed above. Speak to a counselor about your issues with alcohol or an opiate drug like heroin or prescription painkillers (e.g., OxyContin, Vicodin, hydrocodone and others).
Possible Vivitrol Side Effects
Beware of side effects that can include:
- Reactions at the injection site
- Liver damage or hepatitis
- Risk of opiate overdose
- Allergic pneumonia
- Severe depression
Vivitrol Quick Facts
- Vivitrol is an injectable version of naltrexone.
- It is recommended that those who take Vivitrol for alcohol abuse or addiction stop drinking prior to starting their prescription.
- Vivitrol is not a cure for alcoholism or opiate dependence. It is best used as part of a well-rounded addiction treatment program that includes therapy and support services.
- You must be drug- and alcohol-free for between seven and 10 days prior to starting a Vivitrol prescription.
Vivitrol is NOT for:
- Anyone under 18 as its effects in this population have not been studied
- Those who are drinking
- Those who are still actively using opiates
- Those who are experiencing withdrawal symptoms
Benefits of Taking Vivitrol
Vivitrol can be extremely helpful to those in recovery. For alcoholics, it can help to mitigate cravings and allow those in early recovery to turn their attention to the psychotherapeutic healing that is so crucial to the development of their new life without alcohol. For those struggling with opiate addiction, it can block the effects of opiates taken during relapse – sometimes just the knowledge that shooting up heroin or taking certain painkillers will be a waste of time is enough to stop people from using drugs in sobriety.
Risks of Taking Vivitrol
Because Vivitrol blocks the effects of opiates for a time, many try to “override” its capability by overloading the system with a huge amount of opiate drugs. Because the drug only overrides the feelings of euphoria and not the effects on other body systems, it can still lead to an overdose that can be deadly.
Is Vivitrol Right for You?
Vivitrol is not right for everyone but for some people it can be an integral part of their successful recovery. Contact us now at the phone number listed above to speak to someone who can help you determine whether or not your drug rehab should include the ability to utilize Vivitrol.