VIVITROL FOR ALCOHOLISM
Whether for alcohol or opiate use disorder, Naltrexone (or Vivitrol) can be a useful treatment tool. Its unique chemical configuration blocks receptor sites within the central opioid and pleasure receptor pathways making intoxication difficult for up to a month after application, and sometimes longer.
Naltrexone, or Vivitrol, binds tightly to opioid receptors and as such can induce a withdraw syndrome if you are dependent on opioids and have recently used. For this reason, we request patients be opioid free for one week prior to administration, to avoid an induced withdrawal syndrome. Though there is an oral version, which comes in pill form, studies suggest the most effective dose is via a medically supervised injection once monthly.
Vivitrol can be useful for opioid addiction, as studies have shown increased rates of long term opioid abstinence in patients treated with Vivitrol and counseling compared to counseling alone. Additionally, Vivitrol for Alcoholism has shown some surprising efficacy, with studies showing a decrease in alcohol cravings reported by patients and decreased overall relapse rates.
Our Addictions Treatment Center in Yardley, PA 19067 strives to provide cutting edge, individualized care for people suffering from mental health and substance abuse issues. We believe Naltrexone, or Vivitrol, can be a useful tool toward the treatment of alcoholism and opioid use disorder, and as such have added it to our armamentarium of services offered.
Naltrexone, or Vivitrol, has a favorable side effect profile and is a great option for those looking for a non-psychoactive medication to assist in long-term recovery. Studies do suggest, in all forms of substance abuse and mental health disorders, combined treatment with medication and therapy does appear superior to the sum of its parts.
Our Addiction Treatment Center in Yardley offers several other treatments for alcoholism including Acamprosate, Antabuse, Zofran, and more. Medications available for opioid use disorder also include but are not limited to Suboxone, and Clonidine. As always, if being treated medically with our group, regular mental health counseling will also be offered at little to no additional cost.
If you’re ready to start working toward better overall wellness, we are ready to help. Contact us today to discuss whether treatment with Naltrexone is right for you!
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