Vivitrol

Vivitrol

Vivitrol is the brand name for an FDA-approved prescription injection called naltrexone, which is used to help reduce cravings for alcohol, opioids, and prescription drugs in patients who have completed a detox program but are still struggling with drug or alcohol cravings. Cravings can last for weeks, months, or even years after a person has been sober. Medications like Vivitrol are commonly used to combat these cravings and help patients in their recovery and sobriety. When combined with a complete treatment schedule, Vivitrol is most effective. 

At Banyan Treatment Centers Chicago, we offer Vivitrol for addiction treatment patients who want to fight off drug or alcohol cravings and benefit the most from this therapy. Vivitrol is most successful when it is regulated and monitored in addition to other therapies like alcohol addiction treatment. If you’re recovering from addiction or have been sober, you don’t have to battle cravings on your own. If you are interested in Vivitrol in Chicago, we encourage you to contact our team to learn more about Vivitrol prescribing requirements, its benefits, and its possible side effects. 

Vivitrol Prescribing Requirements

To receive Vivitrol treatment, patients must be completely sober and cannot have an active addiction. Vivitrol might not be for everyone. Patients can take Vivitrol for alcohol cravings or opioid cravings. Patients must undergo a complete detox to take Vivitrol and benefit from its effects. If the individual is actively using opioids, taking painkillers, or drinking alcohol while taking Vivitrol, they can experience harmful side effects and increase their risk of overdose. 

After completing detox, some patients can take Vivitrol as part of their opiate addiction treatment or alongside other programs. While it’s an effective way to prevent relapse, treat cravings, and treat addiction, patients will need to undergo additional therapies during their Vivitrol treatment. 

How Does Vivitrol Work?

Vivitrol is taken to reduce cravings and does so by blocking the brain from absorbing drugs like opioids.1 It works by stopping the feeling of euphoria and sedation that the central nervous system experiences when opioids or alcohol are ingested. Vivitrol binds to the receptors in the brain that would normally absorb these substances, protecting it from intoxication. 

Vivitrol is effective at preventing alcohol and opioid cravings, helping patients stay sober. At Banyan Chicago, we offer Vivitrol alongside other programs and therapies. This medication cannot keep a person sober on its own and requires the support of treatment to help the person get sober and stay sober. Although it helps block cravings, it doesn’t confront the other components of relapse like social constraints or other environmental influences. Full addiction treatment is needed to help a person fully recover from their addiction. Vivitrol is only one step in the recovery process. 

How to Get Vivitrol in Chicago

Vivitrol must be prescribed by a doctor or medical professional. Not everyone will meet the Vivitrol prescribing requirements, so it’s important to discuss the possibility of receiving this treatment with a doctor or qualified medical professional. 

Our Chicago rehab center offers Vivitrol treatment for patients who may benefit from this method to control and prevent their drug or alcohol cravings. Every patient will be assessed to decide whether they can gain from this treatment and to identify the best form of treatment for them. 

If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction and cravings, contact our team at Banyan Chicago to learn more about our options for rehab, detox, and relapse prevention. 

Sources:
  1. FDA- Drug Approval Package- Vivitrol

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