What is Vivitrol Prescribed For?

What is Vivitrol Prescribed For?

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) utilizes medications to help people overcome substance use disorders. It helps people prevent relapse by decreasing the effects of withdrawals and cravings. MAT paired with therapy has been shown to be effective in helping millions of people reach full recovery from their substance use disorders. A common drug used for MAT for alcohol use disorder is naltrexone, commonly known as Vivitrol. 

What is Vivitrol? 

Vivitrol is a long-acting monthly injection that people can get to manage substance use. They must be free of any alcohol or opioid use before getting the injection, otherwise, complications can occur. Vivitrol, also known as naltrexone, is an opioid receptor antagonist. In other words, it blocks the opioid receptors in the brain. Once those receptors are blocked, opioids and alcohol entering the system cannot cause a euphoric effect because there is nowhere in the brain for it to bind to. 

What is Vivitrol prescribed for? 

Vivitrol is prescribed for people struggling with alcohol or opioid dependence. It causes changes in the brain so that opioids do not affect their brain the same way. It helps in preventing relapse and controlling cravings after detoxification.

What are the benefits of MAT? 

Medication-assisted treatment, including Vivitrol, has been found to be effective for people struggling with substance use disorders. It has been shown to improve patient survival, increase retention in treatment, decrease illicit opiate use, increase patient’s ability to gain and maintain employment, and enter overall recovery.

What are the side effects of Vivitrol? 

Common side effects include nausea, sleepiness, headache, dizziness, decreased appetite, painful joints, muscle cramps, cold symptoms, trouble sleeping, and toothache. Naltrexone also has serious side effects that patients should be aware of. The risk of accidental overdose is a serious concern with Vivitrol/naltrexone. If someone tries to use large amounts of opioids to overcome the blocking effect of the treatment, then they can overdose. Other side effects that patients should be aware of and tell their doctor about right away include reactions at the site of the injection, liver damage or hepatitis, depressed mood, pneumonia, and serious allergic reactions.

Why Brightside Recovery Incorporates MAT into Our Treatment Program

Brightside Recovery utilizes MAT in our treatment program because it has helped many patients reach and maintain recovery from substance use disorders. We do not force patients to use MAT in their treatment, but we do present it as an option because many people find it helpful. We use it because it helps minimize the potential of seizures that occur when stopping substance use. It also helps mitigate the discomfort of withdrawal and cravings to minimize any other potential health risks that may arise when stopping the use of drugs or alcohol. 

Why You Should Include Brightside Recovery in Your Journey

Brightside Recovery offers you treatment when and how you want it. Our main priority is that you receive the care you deserve when you are ready for treatment. That means you don’t need to wait for an intake with use. You will get started in treatment the same day and be linked with therapy and a medication provider. We understood that recovering from alcohol and opioid use is hard, so we offer medication-assisted treatment along with therapy to help with cravings and recovery. With over 6 years of experience, Brightside has treated over 2000 people with MAT

In addition to effective medication-assisted treatment, Brightside Recovery also offers different options of evidence-based therapy programs. Our programs include intensive outpatient, outpatient, and dual-diagnosis treatment

Contact us today to get started with therapy and MAT.

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