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Recovery Unplugged is a proud, authorized provider of Vivitrol. Vivitrol has proven to be extremely effective in the treatment of opiate and alcohol abuse, especially as part of a comprehensive drug rehab program. Vivitrol is a voluntary part of our program, and patients are only deemed a candidate after being evaluated by our medical staff.
What is Vivitrol?
Vivitrol is a non-narcotic medication that is used in the treatment and management of alcohol dependence and also 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 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.
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 does not prevent the effects of other non-opioid narcotics or alcohol.