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Can Vivitrol treat alcohol addiction?

Posted by Jennifer Dellasanta on Nov 1, 2018 5:12:05 PM

can vivitrol treat alcohol addiction

Alcohol addiction, also known as alcohol use disorder (AUD), is a serious disease that affects 17 million people in the US. In fact, excessive alcohol use causes 88,000 deaths a year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The good news is that alcohol addiction, just like many other diseases, is treatable and recovery is possible. An addiction treatment program such as medication assisted treatment (MAT) with Vivitrol can help people struggling with alcohol use disorder leave a life of addiction behind.


What is Vivitrol?

Vivitrol is the injectable form of the medication naltrexone. It is used to help treat both opioid and alcohol addiction. Vivitrol prevents the intoxicating effects of alcohol, which helps people struggling with alcohol addiction reduce drinking, remain in treatment and avoid relapse. Because it does not cause a high, there is no potential for abuse.

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Can Vivitrol treat alcohol addiction?

Used as part of an addiction treatment program like medication assisted treatment (MAT), Vivitrol is an effective option for treating alcohol addiction. If you or a loved one needs treatment for alcohol use disorder, you should know that recovery doesn’t happen with medication alone. An addiction treatment program should include behavioral therapy to address the underlying causes of addiction.

Research shows that Vivitrol is most effective when taken as part of a comprehensive addiction treatment program that is at least three months long and one that includes psychosocial support, such as therapy.

Where can I find help for alcohol addiction?

Recovery does not happen overnight. It takes work and is often a lifelong effort. There are success stories that demonstrate that recovery is possible, regardless of how long you have been struggling with alcohol addiction. If you’re ready to choose recovery, contact one of our counseling centers. We have locations in Central Florida and Tennessee and our caring team of mental health professionals are here to help.


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