Recovering from opioid addiction is challenging, but at Headrick Medical Center, Daniel J. Headrick, MD, and the team offer Vivitrol® injections to support your recovery. Vivitrol injections are one of your medicinal options in multidisciplinary, medication-assisted treatment for substance abuse and addiction. If you’re ready to start your journey toward sobriety, call the San Juan Capistrano, California, office or make an appointment online today.
Vivitrol is a non-narcotic, non-addictive medicine used in addiction treatment. Rather than taking a pill regularly, your health care provider at Headrick Medical Center gives you an injection each month.
Vivitrol is an opioid antagonist, which means that while it attaches to your opioid receptors, it doesn’t trigger the release of dopamine. As a result, the medication isn’t addictive, but prevents an opioid from having the same effect if you were to use it while also having Vivitrol injections.
In order to take Vivitrol, you need to have already been sober off of all substances for over 2 weeks. Vivitrol doesn’t reduce your withdrawal symptoms. It stops opioids and alcohol from providing pleasure, eliminating one of the factors that contribute to substance abuse.
In fact, if you start to take Vivitrol before you have made it through detox or have stopped using opiates, it can trigger sudden and severe withdrawal.
Vivitrol doesn’t prevent overdose. If you use opioids while you take Vivitrol, you won’t have the same response in your brain, but the drug will still affect your body and damage your organs.
Vivitrol is most effective when it’s part of a multidisciplinary, medicine-assisted treatment plan for addiction.
Vivitrol should reduce your urges to use a drug and support the work you did during the detox process so that you can focus on addressing the mental, physical, and emotional factors that contribute to your addiction in individual and group therapy sessions.
Although Vivitrol supports addiction recovery, it isn't a miracle drug to cure you. You still need to commit to counseling and making the changes necessary to stop using narcotics and opiates.
Unlike some of the other medications used to treat addiction, Vivitrol isn’t addictive. It’s not a narcotic, so even though it won’t reduce your withdrawal symptoms, it also won’t create a dependence on an additional substance.
Also, since Vivitrol is provided as an injection, there’s little room for user error. For example, you don’t have to remember to take a pill every day.
If you’re working toward recovery and want to know if Vivitrol should be part of your treatment plan, call Headrick Medical Center, or make an appointment online today.