What is Vivitrol and how does it work?
Vivitrol is a once-a-month injection that is used to treat alcohol addiction and help prevent the relapse to opioid dependence after opioid detox. Vivitrol works by blocking certain receptors in your brain that cause the pleasurable feelings associated with taking opioids. Vivitrol also works as a blocker for people dependent on alcohol.
*It is important that the use of Vivitrol begins after you’ve been opioid and alcohol free for at least 7 to 14 days; the use of Vivitrol before this time can cause increased symptoms of withdrawal.
What are the benefits of Vivitrol?
- While Vivitrol blocks the sensation associated with an intense high from opioids or alcohol, it does not interfere with your feelings and emotions that are associated with everyday activities.
- Vivitrol is taken just once a month. Each injection of Vivitrol takes effect within two days and typically lasts for the entire month.
- Vivitrol is non-addictive and has no mood- or mind-altering effects. Unlike other treatments for opiate dependency, Vivitrol has little potential for abuse and has no street value.
*Please note, it is important to understand the side effects and risks with this medication.
How do I know if Vivitrol is right for me?
To see if Vivitrol is the right treatment option for you, call Maine Recovery Center at 800-A SOBER U (800-276-2378). Our addiction specialists will work with you, as well as mental health professionals, to determine the best path for your recovery. Call now and let today be your independence day.