Medically assisted treatment is often the most effective treatment of opioid and opiate addiction. Opioids and opiates change a person’s brain chemistry, making them especially difficult to quit taking. Opioid withdrawal and cravings can last months. Staying sober after initial rehab can be difficult for those in opioid recovery. During today’s opioid crisis, it’s more important than ever to take advantage of opioid treatment programs and medicines like Vivitrol.
If you or someone in your life is struggling with opioid withdrawal, call Northpoint Recovery today. Northpoint Recovery can help you with easy and effective Vivitrol treatment, medical detox, and addiction treatment programs. Call us at 208.486.0130 to start Vivitrol treatment and learn more about how Northpoint Recovery can help you.
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 Recovery.
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.
Someone must be opiate-free for at least 7-14 days before their first Vivitrol injections to avoid sudden opioid withdrawal. Today, about half of patients leaving our inpatient opiate and opioid recovery programs receive a dose of Vivitrol before transitioning into outpatient treatment. Receiving one session before transitioning can help clients monitor and manage any side effects.
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
- A decreased appetite
- Nausea or vomiting
- Muscle cramps or joint pain
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.
Is Vivitrol Right For Me?
Vivitrol can be beneficial for most opioid users. Vivitrol treatment might be right for you if:
- You have tried non-medical detox without success.
- You are a long-time opiate or opioid user.
- You can commit to visiting the clinic monthly for injection.
- Daily or weekly opioid treatments don’t work for you.
- You live in a drug-free home.
- You are highly independent.
- You are in addiction therapy.
- You are comfortable with injections.
Vivitrol can make a world of difference for opioid and opiate addiction. It’s especially helpful for those who cannot visit the clinic daily or weekly for other treatments like methadone or Suboxone.
Start Integrative Dual Diagnosis for Addiction Recovery Today in Idaho
If you or a loved one are struggling with opioid or opiate use, Vivitrol may be right for you. The low-risk medication can reduce craving and prevent reuse during outpatient rehab and aftercare. If you’re ready to learn more about Vivitrol treatment at Northpoint Recovery, call us about our medical detox programs.
Northpoint Recovery provides comprehensive addiction treatment and recovery with several clinics across Idaho. Our inpatient programs provide a dual diagnosis for integrative mental health and addiction treatment. Our clients enjoy individual, group, and family therapy throughout recovery.
Call Northpoint Recovery Now to Find Out if Vivitrol Is Right For You
Vivitrol treatment can help reduce opioid reuse and overdose. Find out more about Vivitrol now by calling us at 208.486.0130 to learn more about our treatment programs. Don’t wait; start opioid treatment in Idaho today.