VIVITROL (naltrexone for extended-release injectable suspension) is a prescription injectable medicine used to treat alcohol dependence, and to prevent relapse to opioid dependence, after opioid detoxification. You should always stop drinking before starting VIVITROL. To be safe and effective, treatment with VIVITROL must be used along with other alcoholism or drug recovery programs such as those offered at Inspire Malibu.
Opioid dependence is a chronic condition, which means that remaining opioid-free is a challenge. Research has shown that long-term drug abuse results in changes in the brain that remain long after a person stops using drugs. For this reason, relapse is always possible.
Relapse can happen at any time, even long after detoxification. If you relapse, it does not mean that you have failed. However, treatment with VIVITROL® along with counseling after detox means that you may be less likely to relapse.
VIVITROL is the first and only nonaddictive drug approved by the US Food and Drug Administration to prevent opioid dependence after patients have gone through opioid detoxification. Vivitrol is only part of a successful treatment plan and to be effective, it must be used with other recovery programs.
When opioids are in the body, they send signals to the brain’s reward system, creating a feeling of pleasure that can often lead to addiction. VIVITROL blocks these signals.
VIVITROL is given as an injection by a healthcare provider once a month or every 4 weeks. After the injection is given, the medication stays in your body for a month and cannot be removed. Call to speak to a medically trained specialist about your options with Vivitrol.
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