Menu Close

Vivitrol Treatment

vivitrol treatment programVivitrol injections are available at Northpoint Washington. Vivitrol injections are monthly shots that can help you stop cravings for alcohol and opioids, prevent the euphoric highs associated with these drugs, and remove the motivation to use again.

Studies have shown that Vivitrol is scientifically proven to help treat both opioid addiction and alcoholism. It’s also not a narcotic and is believed to be entirely non-addictive.

Vivitrol is a medication that many people who are addicted to alcohol or opioids should consider. It’s the safest form of medication-assisted therapy (MAT) available. And when utilized correctly, it may make recovery simpler, faster, and more successful.

What Is Vivitrol for Addiction Recovery?

Vivitrol is a non-addictive, once-monthly, injectable prescription medicine. It is the extended-release version of a medication called Naltrexone. Used for opioid and opiate addiction, Vivitrol is one of the best ways to reduce opioid reuse. It is only available by prescription and must be administered by a qualified professional at a rehab clinic like Northpoint Washington.

Vivitrol blocks the opioid receptors in the brain to feel the pleasurable effects of opioids and alcohol. It has also been proven to reduce cravings and the urge to continue using once someone starts.

To avoid abrupt opioid withdrawal, someone must be opioid-free for at least 7-14 days before receiving their first Vivitrol injections. Today, about half of our inpatient opiate and opioid recovery programs patients receive a dose of Vivitrol before moving into outpatient care. Receiving one session before transferring can assist clients in monitoring and managing any adverse effects they may experience.

Side Effects of Vivitrol

Everything has side effects. In the case of Vivitrol, the benefits may outweigh the side effects for most people in opioid and opiate recovery. Side effects may include:
  • Injection site tenderness
  • Fatigue
  • A decreased appetite
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Muscle cramps or joint pain
  • Headaches
Most of Vivitrol’s side effects are not long-term. They’re usually the result of the body adjusting to the medication. Clinicians can adjust doses and help clients assess side effects for the best treatment.

The Importance of Vivitrol Combined with Therapy

Going to therapy while on Vivitrol is critical. Many doctors won’t prescribe this medication unless there is a recovery program in place. A person must have therapy in order to be as successful as possible. Getting to the bottom of why someone continues to use alcohol or opioids is crucial for recovery. Only then can they deal with the situation and modify their actions. Substance abuse is sometimes used as a form of self-medication. They may be attempting to cope with the symptoms of past emotional trauma, underlying mental illnesses like depression or anxiety (often known as co-occurring disorders), or they may feel their life has no meaning or purpose. It might also be caused by a variety of factors. Whatever the cause, tackling this core issue is critical in order to prevent future substance abuse. Patients would rather address the consequences of addiction than the problem itself because

Take the Next Steps to Begin Vivitrol Treatment at Northpoint Washington

If you want to begin treatment for your addiction with Vivitrol, talk with a professional. Here at Northpoint Washington, we’re always available to help you. We can talk with you about your options for recovery. If you are interested in Vivitrol, we can take note of that and arrange for you to talk with a doctor.

If you’re addicted to opiate drugs or alcohol, there’s no better time than now to recover. It is possible, and Vivitrol may be a big part of your success.

Do you have additional questions about our Vivitrol services? Contact us today at 425.437.3298 and let us know how to help you.