Once-Monthly Vivitrol Injections

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opioid & alcohol dependence

Supporting recovery by helping to prevent relapses & decrease cravings

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What is Vivitrol?

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VIVITROL is a non-addictive, once-monthly, injectable prescription medicine. It is the extended-release version of a medication called Naltrexone. It is only available by prescription and must be administered by a qualified professional in a clinical setting

Relapse Prevention:

It is used primarily to help prevent relapsing to opioid and alcohol dependence after completing detox

Decrease Cravings:

Vivitrol can lead to a reduction in cravings for opioids and alcohol during treatment

How does Vivitrol work?

Vivitrol blocks the opioid receptors in the brain that allow us 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.

Your body must be opioid-free for a minimum of 7 to 14 days before starting VIVITROL to avoid sudden opioid withdrawal.


About 50% of patients leaving our inpatient programs are given a Vivitrol shot before transitioning into outpatient treatment.

To be effective, VIVITROL should be used as part of a drug or alcohol recovery program that includes counseling. Check out our detox and rehab programs:

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Using Opioids or Drinking Alcohol while on Vivitrol

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What happens if someone uses opioids or drinks alcohol after starting VIVITROL treatment?
If they use prescription opioids, illicit street drugs like heroin or alcohol, they will not feel the normal euphoric effects*.

*Important Note:

After receiving a dose of VIVITROL, its blocking effect will slowly decrease until the next dose is administered.

Although drinking alcohol while on Vivitrol would not give the same euphoric effects, the physical effects of drinking (a lack of coordination, nausea, slurred speech, headaches, etc) would still be felt.

VIVITROL is not right for everyone. There are significant risks from VIVITROL treatment, including risk of opioid overdose, severe reaction at the injection site and sudden opioid withdrawal. According to Vivitrol’s website

Overdose can occur if:

  • Tries to overcome Vivitrol’s blocking effect by taking larger quantities of the opioid drugs
  • Uses higher quantities of opioids than they used to before starting Vivitrol treatment

Side effects

People taking the Vivitrol shot could experience some side effects. However, when side effects are experienced, they are usually not long-term. Side effects may include:

  • Injection site tenderness
  • Fatigue
  • A decreased appetite
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Muscle cramps and/or joint pain
  • Headaches

Most of the side effects experienced from Vivitrol are not long-term. They’re usually the result of the body adjusting to the medication. If side effects are experienced, a qualified clinician can adjust the dosage or in some cases, switch the medication.

How much does the
Vivitrol shot cost?

If you pay for the Vivitrol injection out of pocket it can be quite expensive. Each shot can cost around $1,500

However, most patients are able to receive this injection AT NO COST!

We work with you to get the injection covered by your insurance provider

Even without insurance, there are patient assistance programs available to cover costs

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How long should
you take Vivitrol for?

It’s recommended for most people to take Vivitrol for 6 to 12 months.

Once the recommended period is over, they should be able to remain free of alcohol or opiates on their own.

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