What is Vivitrol?

Jade Wellness Center has been providing Vivitrol since 2011. Vivitrol (Naltrexone) blocks the effects of narcotic medicines and alcohol.

Vivitrol (long-acting injectable naltrexone) is a valuable tool in the realm of drug and alcohol addiction treatment. This medication offers a powerful solution to individuals seeking to break free from the cycle of addiction from opioid or alcohol. 

To start Vivitrol treatment, the first crucial step is to consult with a healthcare professional, typically a physician or addiction specialist. This professional will evaluate your specific needs and medical history to determine if Vivitrol is an appropriate choice for your recovery plan. Once you’ve been assessed and deemed a suitable candidate, a treatment plan will be tailored to your unique circumstances.  Those seeking vivitrol treatment for opioid use disorder must abstain from all opioids for 7-14 days prior to initiation of naltrexone/vivitrol injections.

Vivitrol is used to treat addiction to alcohol or opioids. It is also used to prevent opioid addiction relapse. Key components of Vivitrol treatment includes:

  • Monthly Injection
  • Non-narcotic medication that blocks the effects of alcohol and opiates to the brain
  • Reduces urges and cravings for alcohol and opiates
  • Non-addicting
  • Gives the brain time to healan take Vivitrol?

When is Vivitrol Used?

Vivitrol is primarily used to treat two main types of disorders:

  • Opioid Use Disorder: Vivitrol is highly effective in managing opioid addiction, including the misuse of prescription painkillers and illicit opioids like heroin. It works by blocking the euphoric effects of opioids, reducing cravings, and assisting in the prevention of relapse.
  • Alcohol Use Disorder: Vivitrol is also approved for treating alcohol addiction. It helps reduce the rewarding effects of alcohol, making it easier for individuals to abstain and focus on their recovery.

Vivitrol is administered via a once-monthly injection, making it a convenient and reliable choice for individuals in recovery. This extended-release, non-addictive medication ensures that the active ingredient, naltrexone, remains in the system, effectively blocking the effects of opioids and alcohol throughout the month. The injection is administered by a healthcare professional, providing the assurance of consistent and controlled dosing.

Antagonist Therapy

Antagonist therapy, of which Vivitrol is a key component, is a specialized approach to addiction treatment. It involves the use of medications like naltrexone to counteract the effects of addictive substances. By blocking the pleasurable and reinforcing effects of opioids and alcohol, antagonist therapy helps individuals in recovery stay committed to sobriety. This approach is often used in conjunction with counseling and other supportive therapies, creating a comprehensive treatment plan that addresses both the physical and psychological aspects of addiction.

Vivitrol offers hope and a concrete path to recovery for those struggling with opioid and alcohol addiction. If you or a loved one is considering this treatment option, consult with a qualified healthcare provider to discuss the potential benefits and suitability of Vivitrol as part of your personalized recovery plan. Remember, recovery is possible, and Vivitrol can be a vital ally in the journey toward a healthier, addiction-free life.

What is ReVia?

In addition to Vivitrol treatment services, JADE Wellness Center offers oral, daily Naltrexone treatment ReVia.

  • ReVia, also known as Naltrexone, is similar in composition to Vivitrol, as both contain naltrexone, but they differ in their administration.
  • ReVia is available in oral tablet, This distinction allows for more flexibility in ReVia’s use, but it also requires consistent daily adherence when taken in tablet form.

The Sinclair Method is an innovative approach to treating Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) that utilizes naltrexone, which is the active ingredient in ReVia and Vivitrol. This method is based on the principle of pharmacological extinction and aims to reduce cravings and the pleasurable effects of alcohol. Here’s how it works:

  • Before drinking alcohol, individuals take a prescribed dose of naltrexone (ReVia or its equivalent). Naltrexone acts as an antagonist, blocking the reward system in the brain that alcohol typically triggers.
  • The individual continues to consume alcohol, but the experience is gradually less reinforcing and pleasurable due to the effects of naltrexone. This reduction in the rewarding sensation weakens the drive to drink excessively.
  • Over time, as the pleasure of drinking diminishes, the individual’s alcohol consumption tends to decrease. This is a gradual process and can lead to reduced cravings and, ultimately, more controlled drinking or abstinence.

The Sinclair Method is not a one-size-fits-all approach, and its effectiveness may vary from person to person. 

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