Prevent relapse to opioid dependence after detox with Vivitrol, the first and only once-monthly, non-addictive medication that must be used with counseling. Before starting Vivitrol, you must be opioid-free for a minimum of 7-14 days to avoid sudden opioid withdrawal.
Vivitrol Treatment for Opioid Addiction
Most people are unfamiliar with the injectable medication Vivitrol and how it used in the treatment of opiate addiction. While there is no generic available for Vivitrol, there are oral medications that contain the same ingredient. The oral version is available as the generic naltrexone and may also be known as Revia.
The following questions and answers are provided to educate, dispel myths and familiarize people with Vivitrol and its use in opiate treatment. As always, if you have any additional questions or would like to share your comments you can always contact Clearpoint at 203.293.1723.
Drug use often begins as a choice, but frequent use can cause the brain cells to change the way they work. The brain is re-set to think that the drug is necessary for survival. Researchers have discovered that many drugs, including opioids, cause long-term changes in the brain. These changes can cause people to have cravings years after they stop taking drugs. Research has shown that addiction is a chronic, relapsing brain disease, but treatment can help achieve recovery.
In a study of alcohol-dependent patients participating in counseling plus Vivitrol, patients had significantly fewer heavy drinking days (defined as a self-report of 5 or more drinks on a given day for males and 4 or more drinks for females). A small group of alcohol-dependent patients who completely stopped drinking one week prior to their first dose of Vivitrol and had counseling had significantly fewer drinking days and more success maintaining complete abstinence.
Once you have received an injection of Vivitrol, the medication acts on the receptors in the brain causing the blocking effect. This effect will slowly decrease over time, allowing you to only have to receive the medication once per month.
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