Vivitrol Medication Therapy for Addiction Recovery in SF Bay Area
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.
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.
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.
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.