What is Vivitrol & Why Do We Use It?
Vivitrol is an opiate antagonist or opiate receptor blocker. Please don’t confuse it with Suboxone, which is a partial agonist that contains an opiate (Buprenorphine), plus an antagonist (Naloxone). Vivitrol blocks cravings, as well as the pleasurable effects of opiates like heroin and morphine, as well as popularly prescribed pain medication like Oxycodone.
Advanced Rapid Detox utilizes Vivitrol during our rapid opiate detoxification procedure. Vivitrol curbs your craving for opiates, as well as block the pleasurable effects of opiates should you use them for a full month. This month is crucial to the long-term success of your recovery. At Advanced Rapid Detox, we urge Vivitrol maintenance therapy for at least one year, to assist you with your recovery. Vivitrol will help heal and repair the damage that has been done to your neuro-circuitry from opiate abuse. Remember that relapse rates are higher in the first year for people that do not maintain Vivitrol treatment in their recovery process, coupled with psychotherapy.
Vivitrol is covered by and Medicaid and most insurances. Advanced Rapid Detox initiates the Vivitrol program through specialty pharmacies. So, if you are unable to return, you can still receive Vivitrol from your local physician. Vivitrol is an important tool used to help you overcome your dependence, cravings, and break the cycle of addiction.