Vivitrol is a prescription injectable given to individuals who are addicted to alcohol or opioids. This medication helps to prevent relapse and withdrawal symptoms when it's administered properly. It's generally prescribed along with counseling in order to be most effective. Each person who takes this will have a different treatment plan. For example, one person might take injections of Vivitrol in addition to going to psychotherapy. Another person might receive the same injections and go to a counseling program as an alternative to psychotherapy.
Recovery programs are extremely important when a patient is taking this prescription. Without the proper recovery program, Vivitrol will not be nearly as effective and may not work at all. Both of these things together can treat alcohol dependence as well as opioid dependence. Support from friends and family members is essential during this time. Without the proper support, relapse has an increased chance of happening.
When someone takes this medication, they will find that they do not experience withdrawal from their choice drug nearly as badly as they would without it. Vivitrol actually blocks receptor sites for opiates so they do not have any effect on the body. This means within a short amount of time, getting clean is possible. Even if someone did take opiates they wouldn't feel the effects because their receptor sites aren't able to feel their effects.
This medication is given in injection form just once a month for most people. This means it doesn't have to be taken on a daily basis, but it will still work just as well as medications given every day. It's designed to make getting sober easier than it would be when quitting cold turkey. It reduces withdrawal symptoms and it helps to decrease cravings for the desired drug.
While there are addiction treatment medications that can become addicting, Vivitrol is not one of them. It's actually not addictive at all, which makes it especially effective for individuals who really need it. If someone were to suddenly stop taking this, they wouldn't suffer through any withdrawal symptoms at all. This means that once someone gets through their addiction, they will be able to stop taking this medication without any consequences.
Each person will experience different side effects when taking this. For some those side effects will be mild and with others they can be severe. The most common include:
Large doses can cause damage to the liver, which means doctor supervision while taking this is extremely important.
Treatment with Vivitrol has to be done in combination with therapy. This will help the patient get to the root of the reason why they were addicted in the first place. Throughout this process the patient will also learn tools that will help them fight addiction in the future. This is absolutely essential since there will be temptations that occur when they are out of their rehab program. Without the proper tools, relapse is extremely likely.
Setting up a support system for when out of rehab is important as well. This will mean having friends and family members that can offer support at all times. Generally it's just as important as those support people to go to group therapy as it is the patient. Through those meetings they can learn how to better help their loved ones when times get tough.
The most common name for this medication is Naltrexone. It may also be known as Revia or "Rev" to some individuals. Since it's not addictive it's generally not sold on the black market and is only available from prescriptions.
- Injections are done through the butt cheeks. Once it has been administered, the medication will dissolve into the blood stream. This makes it possible for the medication to last a month without needing a new injection.
- The benefits of this medication can generally be seen within a few days of the first injection.
- It has to be used in conjunction with rehab or an outside treatment program.
- Most patients only suffer mild side effects that go away after the addiction has been treated. It's a very safe treatment option that is not addictive.