Vivitrol Medication Therapy for Addiction Recovery in SF Bay Area
In order to provide the most up to date drug treatment available, we are pleased to offer Vivitrol treatment at our facility. Vivitrol is a medication that’s prescribed for the treatment of both opiate and alcohol addictions.
What Is Vivitrol Treatment?
Vivitrol is an FDA-approved medication that helps curb the physical symptoms and cravings that occur during the withdrawal phase. It works, by blocking opioids from acting on the receptors in the brain. This helps to reduce drug cravings, and it blocks the pleasurable effect that a drug might have, aiding in the resistance against relapse.
Treatment usually involves several series of injections, usually every four weeks. Though the treatment is performed over several months, it is not habit-forming and is used by medical professionals nationwide. Vivitrol also does not appear in drug tests that are screened through the urine.
Vivitrol is also applied when treating alcohol dependency in some cases, but only when it is seen as an effective way to help. The medication works by blocking the receptors in the brain that cause cravings.
As the medication blocks the receptors, thus rendering the substance ingested unpleasurably, it is also used to prevent the user from relapse after the detox process. In comparison to other medications like Suboxone, Topamax, or Campral, Vivitrol is seen as the better option as it is not a daily replacement medication that lasts several years.
If you have any questions about Vivitrol, or any other modes of, treatment, please contact us and confidentially speak to one of addiction specialists at xxx-xxx-xxx.
How Effective Is Vivitrol Treatment?
Vivitrol has been shown to be very effective. In fact, one study showed a 99% effectiveness rate when given to opiate users. Another study showed that, after 12 months following completion of a drug treatment program, patients who used Vivitrol during a medication assisted treatment program, were still maintaining an entirely sober life.
The medication has also been known to reduce cravings up to 10% when compared to patients who were not given Vivitrol, and 50% of patients remained opiate-free after completion of their treatment programs.
In fact, overall, the majority of patients reported positive results.
How does Vivitrol work?
Vivitrol is a prescription medication that has gained popularity in the world of drug addiction research and is now often found in medication assisted treatment programs nationwide. It is an FDA-approved drug that has been around since 2006, and treats both opiate addiction, as well as alcoholism, although it is more often used as a treatment for opiates.
It is an opioid-antagonist that’s been designed for extended-release. It latches onto and binds with the brain’s opioid receptors and blocks a pleasurable effect that opiates that are ingested. The endorphin response to alcohol is also reduced when using Vivitrol, which has a similar effect.
This is done to eliminate (or severely reduce) the desire to drink or use opiates. The active ingredient in Vivitrol is Naltrexone and is specifically used in this instance to be a time-release drug that does not need to be taken daily. The medication only requires an injection shot once every twenty-eight days. This makes it a better option than daily replacement therapy medications such as Suboxone.
There are setbacks associated with Vivitrol, mainly that if a patient tries to take it while still using opiates, it will trigger withdrawal symptoms. This is because it is an antagonist and will work against the opiate. It is a maintenance medication to be coupled with a holistic treatment plan after the detox process is finished. The ideal time before the first injection is 7 to 14 days or the length specified by a doctor or addiction specialist.
For drinking, it is not a requirement that a patient stops drinking before using Vivitrol. However, a significant amount of cases has shown that patients find more success in staying sober if they stop drinking one week prior, or, after a thorough detox process.
After the first injection of Vivitrol, the ideal treatment plan will be to lower the dosing schedule until it is eliminated slowly. The medication goes to work immediately and will block the receptors until the medication is no longer administered. Ideally, the patient can live a life without the need for Vivitrol maintenance, and only uses it during the crucial first months of sobriety.
Is Vivitrol Addictive?
Vivitrol is not an opiate, and there are pleasurable effects that take place during use. Therefore it is not addictive, and chemical dependency does not occur.
How Long Does Treatment Take?
Ideally, the treatment takes place after the initial patient detox. Then, those designing a treatment plan for the patient can decide on the best course of action for them. The amount of time that Vivitrol treatment should be dependent on other factors. Short-term treatment may work better for some, while others with more deeply rooted psychological issues may need a longer-term plan, so the health professionals are treating them can bring them to clarity more safely.
With short-term plans, there is always a threat of relapse. Physical dependence is only part of the issue when it comes to treating addiction. Patients with more time to learn about what goes into an addiction-free lifestyle have a higher chance of success. Therefore treatment should continue if the patient is not ready to come off of the medication.
There are no withdrawal symptoms when a patient ceases use of Vivitrol. It is imperative that any patient(s) that plan to stop using it do so when their medical team deems it acceptable. A clear-cut relapse prevention plan should be in place, and a trained counselor should also give their blessing.
Please consult with your doctor about Vivitrol treatment, and make sure that they are in contact with the addiction counselors also working with you. Clear communication between all parties involved in your treatment plan will lead to the best outcome for you if you’re looking at Vivitrol as an option.
What Will Vivitrol Treatment Be Like?
Due to the highly individual nature of our treatment plans, the administering of Vivitrol may vary. It may not even be necessary. Please contact us to confidentially speak with an addiction specialist about all of your options.
Once a patient is accepted into our program, our seasoned treatment providers will evaluate them to assess better the levels of medication needed. We will only prescribe those drugs we deem necessary for a patient, to give them the best chance for successful sobriety.
All known side-effects associated with Vivitrol are minor, and those that do occur are mild and do not last long. If the patient is approved for Vivitrol treatment, our staff will monitor them to make sure they are safe, and any sign of complications will prompt us to stop treatment immediately.
Why Use Vivitrol Treatment and Counseling?
We offer a comprehensive, holistic approach to addiction treatment, which means we treat the whole person. To give our patients the will to beat addiction, we not only take care of the physical symptoms but the psychological ones as well. Research shows that those treated for addiction with this all-encompassing approach do spectacularly well as opposed to those who try to treat just the physical symptoms with medication only.
How To Get The Most Out Of Medication Assisted Treatment:
Medication-assisted treatment is just that: treatment that uses medication to assist in treating a patient for addiction. For an addict or alcoholic to maintain sobriety, there is a larger process that the patient will need to commit to. Just simply taking medication won’t make it all better. Serious changes to a person’s lifestyle and habits need to be made.
However, medication reinforces the patient’s chances, of not only sobriety but of fully grasping everything they will earn through psychological counseling. Vivitrol treatment helps to reduce the chances of relapse by relieving any incentive someone might have during the treatment phase. This gives them enough time without cravings to learn how they can live drug-free, without the assistance of medication.
Vivitrol injections are just one piece of the puzzle. It protects against some of the symptoms but does not treat the actual causes of addiction. You have a better chance of not relapsing during medication assisted treatment than you yo without it, but it must always be clear that it is not an end-all-be-all approach.
Reducing cravings during the first few stages of treatment significantly increases someone’s chances of success in sobriety, as physical cravings are the number one cause of early relapse. It is inevitable that an addict or alcoholic will at some point crave their substance of choice, but with medication assisted treatment, that feeling can be postponed until a later date when they’ll better be able to handle it.
How is Vivitrol Different From Suboxone?
Suboxone is another popular medication that’s used to treat opiate addiction. We do offer Suboxone treatment if a patient’s doctor, and the team here, agree that it is a viable option. However, there are several differences between Suboxone and Vivitrol treatment.
Suboxone falls under the “replacement therapy” category and is administered daily, usually via a pill. It contains two drugs, an opiate, and an opiate blocker. Therefore we do not prescribe it for long-term use. It is used to wean a patient off of opiates slowly, and until their body has fully adjusted during detox. Since it contains an opiate, it can be habit forming, which is why we don’t use it if we don’t have to, and if we do, it’s short-term only.
Vivitrol is an injection, that is only administered in cycles of 3-4 weeks. It contains only the opioid blockers, therefore is not habit forming.
When using both of these medications to assist in treatment, Suboxone may be used during the detox phase to help get the patient off of the drugs comfortably and safety. Then, after a full week of abstinence, we will administer Vivitrol. It is imperative that we follow this plan, as Vivitrol will activate withdrawal symptoms if opiates are still present in the patient’s body.
Is Vivitrol Injection Right For Me?
As stated before, we offer Vivitrol treatment as part of a larger comprehensive treatment plan. Vivitrol may work for you, and it may not. Our team will do our best during the evaluation and assessment phase should you seek treatment with us.
The hardest part of getting clean and sober is the physical strain that’s put on your body. This, more than any other factor, is what leads to early relapse, which takes down good people before they even get a chance to rebuild their lives.
You can be assured, that our staff will do whatever we can to make sure you get back to your life on time, and if Vivitrol is approved by your primary physician and our expert staff, then we may work it into your treatment program.