Unfortunately, chronic relapse is a reality for many who suffer from alcohol or opioid addiction. Vivitrol, the injectable brand name version of naltrexone, can be used to help individuals maintain abstinence while recovering from alcohol or opioid dependence. Many addiction experts agree that Vivitrol is the safest form of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) on the market. MAT is an evidence-based approach to substance use disorder (SUD) treatment proven highly effective. Ashpoint Recovery at Northpoint is proud to offer Vivitrol services to patients suffering from addiction to alcohol or opiates. Reach out to us at 208.274.8609 to learn more about Vivitrol and whether it is right for you.
What to Expect from Vivitrol MAT
The first step is detox when you have decided to seek treatment for substance use disorder. Detoxing is essential because it removes all traces of toxins from the body. Many people suffering from alcohol or opioid addiction have tried to cut back or quit on their own but quickly return to using because of the discomfort of withdrawal symptoms. The fear of detoxing is often reported as a barrier to seeking treatment. In professional detox, you have the supervision and support needed to help detox as comfortably as possible.
You can expect to remain in the detox center for 72 hours or longer, depending on your circumstances. The factors considered in creating your detox plan include:
- General physical and mental health
- Length of addiction
- Severity of addiction
- Method of abuse (injecting, snorting, swallowing, etc.)
- Type of substance(s)
- The severity of withdrawal symptoms
The decision to use medications to alleviate withdrawal symptoms is made case-by-case because your detox plan is curated to your unique needs. No matter your substance abuse or addiction level, it is always best to seek help from professionals like the team at Ashwood Recovery when you are considering drug or alcohol detox.
Your doctor will determine if Vivitrol MAT is suitable for you following detoxification. The first step is typically an oral dose of naltrexone to ensure that you tolerate the medication. If so, Vivitrol therapy can begin 7-14 days after detox, after which shots are repeated every 28 days. Most people will use Vivitrol for an average of 9-12 months.
It is essential to remain aware that there is no magic cure for substance use disorders. Vivitrol is an excellent option for many, but like other MAT, it should be used in conjunction with counseling and behavior therapy to address the root causes of addiction.
Side Effects of Vivitrol Medication-Assisted Treatment Program
Naltrexone is an antagonist that attaches to opioid receptors but does not trigger dopamine release. For those with alcohol or opioid addiction, Vivitrol creates a barrier on opioid receptors that prevent the euphoric and sedative effects or “high,” helping to reduce cravings. Unlike other MAT medications like Suboxone and Methadone, Vivitrol does not cause dependence, and you do not have to taper down use when you are ready to stop taking it.
Most medications have potential side effects, and Vivitrol is no different. Possible side effects can include:
- Injection site tenderness
- Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
- Muscle aches or joint pain
- Restlessness or nervousness
- Fatigue or sleep disturbances
- Vertigo (dizziness)
Most people do not experience any side effects. For those who do experience side effects, they are generally mild and improve after the first injection. It is critical to report any side effects to your doctor, no matter how minor they seem. Other more serious but extremely rare side effects include depression, allergic reactions, and chest pain or difficulty breathing.
The Benefits of Vivitrol Treatment
Substance use disorder negatively impacts all areas of life. Every day is a battle for those suffering from addiction to alcohol or opioids. Many begin to believe there is no hope of recovery, especially if they have experienced multiple relapses. Vivitrol is proving that successful and lasting recovery is possible.
The benefits of Vivitrol as part of comprehensive substance use disorder treatment include:
- The shot is convenient and easy to administer
- Vivitrol is long-lasting
- There is no risk of abuse or non-compliance
- There are little to no side effects
- Vivitrol is non-addictive and does not cause withdrawals
- Vivitrol is proven effective
Contact Ashwood Recovery for Vivitrol Services in Boise, Idaho
At Ashwood Recovery, we have firsthand seen the benefits of medication-assisted treatment using Vivitrol. When you are ready to overcome your alcohol or opioid addiction once and for all, we want to help. Contact us today to learn about all of your treatment options, including Vivitrol. Call 208.274.8609.