Patients who experience alcohol or opiate dependence issues may benefit from Vivitrol®. Vivitrol®, a form of long acting Naltrexone, is an injection administered once per month during treatment and up to a year following treatment. The medication helps reduce cravings, which helps prevent relapse. This is especially important during the difficult early stages of sobriety because cravings are at their strongest during the first 90 days. At this time, the brain is more sensitive to cortisol, the stress hormone, and therefor needs the most protection. Stressful periods can lead to a higher chance of relapse. Naltrexone is able to block the positive feedback receptors that give a person pleasure during alcohol or opiate consumption. Clinical studies have demonstrated a 25% reduction rate under the proper settings.
Not all patients will see benefits from Vivitrol®. At The Center, we can test your genetic profile to see if it will work for you. A specific gene sequence allows us to identify the patients that would experience the best results from the injection. Across the country, we are amongst a select few recovery centers that perform this test on each of our clients.
For Opiate Addicts
The key ingredient in Vivitrol®, Naltrexone, attaches to opioid receptors in the brain, blocking the pleasurable response associated with consuming opioids, like heroin and prescription drugs.
Since Vivitrol® is able to attach only to specific opioid receptors, other positive feelings from healthy activities are not blocked.
Vivitrol® is a slow release medication, allowing its blocking effect to slowly decrease and completely go away over time.
When used with counseling and therapy techniques, Vivitrol® is able to significantly reduce relapse rates for some alcohol abusers. Alcoholics who use Vivitrol® are at least able to experience substantially fewer heavy drinking episodes and maintain higher success for lifelong abstinence.
Our Medical Director, Joseph DeSanto MD, will closely monitor you to allow for the greatest chance of becoming and staying sober.