Vivitrol Detox - Recovery Unplugged Texas

Vivitrol Detox

What is Vivitrol Treatment?

Vivitrol is a non-narcotic medication that is used in the treatment and management of alcohol dependence and in the prevention of relapse for opioid dependence. Vivitrol was approved by the FDA for treatment of alcohol dependence in 2006 and for relapse prevention from opioids in 2010. It is given once a month and is administered via intramuscular injection by an addiction specialist, or in a controlled medical setting such as a treatment center by a licensed medical professional. It dramatically reduces the psychological craving for alcohol. In the context of opioid addition, it prevents the relapse for opioid abuse for patients being treated for opioid addiction after the patient has completed detoxification. This makes Vivitrol much more manageable compared to other anti-addiction medications such as Suboxone, Topamax, or Campral that require daily maintenance over the course of several years. Recovery Unplugged offers Vivitrol Treatment in Texas.

How Does Vivitrol Work?

The active ingredient in Vivitrol (naltrexone for extend-release injectable suspension) is an opioid antagonist that binds to the brain’s opioid receptors. This stops the stimulation of the brain’s reward system from responding to any opioids that may be administered, rendering the patient incapable of feeling any of the pleasurable effects of the drugs. This removes any incentive for continued abuse of opioids. This also affects the body’s endorphin response to alcohol, causing a reduction in the desire to drink. It is designed to be time released and therefore is only required to be administered once every twenty-eight days. Vivitrol detox does not prevent the effects of other non-opioid narcotics or alcohol. Patients can learn if they are eligible for Vivitrol treatment in Texas.

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Effectiveness of Vivitrol

More patients have been able to achieve and maintain complete abstinence from opioid-use on Vivitrol when compared to a placebo. Patients being treated for alcoholism that participated in counseling in addition to taking Vivitrol have been shown to have significantly fewer days of heavy drinking and to also be far more successful attaining and maintaining total abstinence from alcohol. Participants that have taken Vivitrol in addition to psychiatric care have had significantly longer stays in treatment, being retained 1.7 times longer on average. Many detox centers in Texas do not provide Vivitrol detox.

Side Effects of Vivitrol

Patients should not take Vivitrol if they are still taking opioids or suffering from any symptoms of physical withdrawal, and should wait at least 7-14 days after taking any opioids before being administered Vivitrol to avoid any negative side effects. Patients that use opioids of any kind while taking Vivitrol run the risk of accidental overdose, coma, or death. Side-effects of Vivitrol include vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, anxiety, weakness, thirst, muscle aches, mood swings, light-headedness, wheezing, and increased heart rate. Naltrexone may also cause liver damage. If patients begin to experience any of these symptoms they need to seek medical attention immediately. Do not make any changes to your Vivitrol routine without consulting your physician. Recovery Unplugged offers comprehensive and safe alcohol and drug detox in Austin, Texas. Call us today at (855) 384-6340 to start healing.