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Many addiction centers offer medication-assisted treatment (MAT) which is the use of medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to treat alcohol and drug addictions and prevent opioid overdose. MAT is a controversial practice in the addiction treatment industry but there is one particular medication that is widely used and accepted – Vivitrol. We’ll explain what it does and how it can help you or someone you love going through addiction treatment.
What Is Vivitrol?
Vivitrol is a non-addictive, once-monthly treatment shot that is used to prevent an opioid relapse after detox and treat alcohol dependence. It’s classified as an “antagonist” or “block” medication since it works by blocking receptors in the brains from the effects of opioids, such as heroin or opioid pain medicines. If someone is on Vivitrol and they use opioids (or alcohol), they will not feel like they are high.
When it’s injected, antagonists attach to opioid receptors but do not cause the release of dopamine. Vivitrol blocks opioid receptors in the brain for one month at a time by creating a barrier that blocks opioid molecules from attaching to opioid receptors. Before starting Vivitrol, you must be opioid-free (including opioid-dependence treatments such as buprenorphine or methadone) for a minimum of 7-14 days to avoid sudden opioid withdrawal and must stop drinking before taking the medication.
Benefits Of Vivitrol For Treating Opioid Addiction
We strongly encourage all of our clients to get on Vivitrol when they are with us because it helps prevent relapse, following detoxification, while they focus on counseling. Vivitrol is the only MAT we offer – it’s administered by our experienced registered nurse and the costs are usually covered by insurance.
It’s important to note that after you receive a dose of Vivitrol, its blocking effect slowly decreases and completely goes away over time which is why it’s administered monthly. If you have used opioids in the past, taking the amounts that you used to before Vivitrol treatment can lead to overdose and death. You may also be more sensitive to the effects of lower amounts of opioids:
- After you have gone through detoxification
- When your next Vivitrol dose is due
- If you miss a dose of Vivitrol
- After you stop Vivitrol treatment
Entering into an in-patient alcohol and drug addiction treatment program, like Rally Point, greatly reduces your chances of overdosing and death because you will have counseling to guide and support you.
Alcohol And Drug Addiction Program In West Palm Beach
If you’re experiencing alcohol addiction symptoms or need drug recovery support, we can help. We’re an alcohol and drug addiction center that offers programs tailored to the patient’s unique needs and based on love and inclusion in a family-like atmosphere. Benefits of our West Palm Beach rehab centers:
- Free from distractions and old environments that trigger a relapse
- Personalized attention
- More privacy so you can focus on treatment
- Less likely to give up
- Specialized services for co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders
- Loved ones included in treatment and recovery process
- Comfortable, welcoming environment with year-round tropical weather
We focus on the fundamentals of long-term alcohol and drug recovery through personalized treatment plans and aftercare programs. Since we’re located in beautiful South Florida, our treatment plans often include therapeutic activities that incorporate nature, such as, adventure therapy, fishing, yoga/meditation, painting, and more. Contact us or call us today to see how we can help you achieve lifelong sobriety.