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How Vivitrol can help you on your road to recovery

Posted by Jennifer Dellasanta on Jul 15, 2019 12:00:00 PM

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For those suffering from opioid dependence or alcoholism, the road to recovery can be full of challenges. The good news is that you don't have to do it alone. There are addiction treatments that work and achieving recovery is possible. One treatment option  is medication assisted treatment (MAT) with Vivitrol. Vivitrol is a once-monthly medication that has been proven to be effective for treating alcohol and opioid dependence and can help prevent relapse after detox.

Quick facts about Vivitrol:

  • MAT with Vivitrol is safe and effective.
  • Patients receiving Vivitrol are 17x less likely to relapse.
  • Patients stayed in treatment longer while on Vivitrol, compared to those who did not receive the medication.
  • Opioid cravings decreased by 55% among those in treatment with Vivitrol.
  • Vivitrol treatment typically lasts nine months to one year.
  • You must be free of opioid substances and alcohol for at least 7-14 days before starting treatment.
  • Vivitrol is most effective when paired with behavioral therapy.

 

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How does Vivitrol work?

Before starting addiction treatment with Vivitrol, you must complete medical detox to remove all alcohol and/or opioid substances from your system. This is because Vivitrol can cause sudden withdrawal, so it's important to be free from substances for at least 7-14 days before starting treatment.

After detox, your treatment will include counseling and a once monthly injection of Vivitrol. Vivitrol works by blocking the effects of opioids and alcohol, while counseling can help you address the underlying causes of your addiction.

Many patients who are receiving addiction treatment with Vivitrol remain in treatment for nine months to a year. For treatment to be successful, Vivitrol should always be paired with behavioral therapy, like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), as part of medication assisted treatment.


 

 


 

Recovery is possible. We can help.

Medication assisted treatment (MAT) with Vivitrol is available at our counseling centers. Contact us to make an appointment. Our caring staff of mental health professionals are here to help you find the treatment that's right for you.

 

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