For those who are working to overcome addiction to alcohol or opioids, the Vertava Health Mississippi medical team can make a determination if any medications should be part of their treatment plans. Our Vivitrol treatment program in Mississippi can be a helpful part of our comprehensive approach to treatment. This medication can curb cravings and relieve withdrawal symptoms, which can help patients focus on their recovery.
Learn more about Vivitrol and if it can help you as you work towards healing. Connect with the Vertava Health Mississippi team today at 844.470.0410 to get started in a medication-assisted treatment program.
What Is Vivitrol?
Vivitrol is an injectable form of naltrexone. Naltrexone was developed in the 1970s in pill form to treat addiction, but it did not receive much attention until now. Scientists recently made the drug into an injectable form and found that it is very effective in treating opioid or alcohol addictions.
This new form of the drug is administered through monitored injections. This is the first drug of its kind to be injected once monthly. It is also unique because taking Vivitrol is non-habit forming and stopping treatment does not lead to withdrawal symptoms.
If you are addicted to opioids or alcohol, you must stop drinking alcohol and/or stop taking opioids before starting Vivitrol.
How Vivitrol Can Support Recovery from Opioid and Alcohol Addiction
Vivitrol may be especially effective for those who struggle with taking a pill every day to help keep them on track because this drug is not administered in pill form.
While Vivitrol treatment programs will help individuals struggling to stay sober, it is not to be used as the only method of treatment. Before a patient can use Vivitrol, they must enter a facility first and receive a detoxification treatment. Individuals struggling with an opioid or alcohol addiction must be alcohol and/or opioid-free for at least one to two weeks before taking Vivitrol. This includes not using the following:
If you use opioids during the days before Vivitrol, it can lead to disastrous withdrawal symptoms. These sudden withdrawal symptoms are extremely serious and could lead to hospitalization. Clearing your body of opioids and alcohol before treatment is for your safety.
After the patient is free of alcohol and opioids, they can then be administered a Vivitrol treatment by a doctor or qualified medical professional. In some cases, the doctor may decide that the patient may not need a complete detox program. If this is determined, the doctor can administer Vivitrol in a medical facility that can treat sudden withdrawal symptoms if they do occur. Remember that each case is unique and talk with your doctor to discuss what your individual plan will be. Many patients will enter a detox program at Vertava Health Mississippi before starting Vivitrol treatment.
Our Approach to Vivitrol Treatment Programs
When the patient has received detoxification treatment and Vivitrol, they must also receive some form of counseling. Vivitrol is not meant to be taken without counseling. Alcohol or opioid addiction is a chronic and relapsing mental health condition. Vivitrol works on the physical side of things and will block the pleasurable feelings you had while using opioids and alcohol.
However, receiving counseling will focus on the psychological aspects of the addiction. Going through counseling is very important to your success. Vivitrol (naltrexone) will assist you one month at a time. If a patient suddenly stops using the drug and has not developed coping techniques through a counselor, they run the risk of relapse. Talking with a counselor about underlying problems and learning coping mechanisms along with taking Vivitrol will lead to the highest rates of success.
Reach Out to Vertava Health Mississippi Today
If you have tried other opioid or alcohol treatment options, it may be time to try Vivitrol. Talk to Vertava Health Mississippi to see if taking Vivitrol is right for you. Remember that you will also need to participate in other standard treatments such as counseling along with taking Vivitrol. If you have questions about this topic or are seeking help with your opioid or alcohol addiction, we are here to help. Contact us today at 844.470.0410 to learn more.