Vivitrol can help you stay sober and drug-free
Medication assisted treatment and psychotherapy work together to help you stay sober and drug-free. Naltrexone, known by the brand name VIVITROL®, can be part of your recovery plan.
How naltrexone works
If you are addicted to opioids: Naltrexone blocks the effects of opioids at their receptor sites. As a result, you no longer get the “high” feeling.
If you are abusing alcohol: Naltrexone blocks opioid receptors that are involved in the rewarding effects of drinking and in the craving for alcohol. It reduces relapse of drinking and is highly effective in some patients. Genetic differences may affect how well the drug works in certain patients.
Naltrexone can help you become more open to behavioral treatments. For an overview of how naltrexone fits into a treatment approach for addiction, including behavioral therapies, click here to read more from the National Institutes of Health.
Is Vivitrol a “cure for addiction”?
Naltrexone can help you stay drug-free and alcohol-free. Vivitrol is not a cure for addiction. Naltrexone should be part of an overall recovery program that may include counseling, group therapy, lifestyle changes, attending support group meetings, and other parts of the customized treatment plan that you and Dr. Fohrer will develop to meet your need.
Will naltrexone enable me to avoid withdrawal symptoms?
No. You should start naltrexone treatment after you have completed detoxification.
Isn’t this just exchanging one addiction for another?
Vivitrol is not a narcotic. It does not produce a “high”. Vivitrol will not produce any narcotic-like or alcohol-like effects or cause mental or physical dependence.
How is naltrexone administered?
Naltrexone is administered by injection. Vivitrol is given as a shot into the buttocks (gluteal) muscle and is administered every 28 days.
How do I get Vivitrol?
Vivitrol is a prescription medication and should be given only under the direct supervision of your doctor. When you meet with Dr. Fohrer at Thalia Medical, you will discuss a treatment plan that may include naltrexone (Vivitrol). No single treatment is right for everyone. Dr. Fohrer will tailor the treatment approach to your needs. Reach out today to find out more.