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What is Vivitrol and How Does it Help?

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Vivitrol, a once-monthly medication, is effective for treating alcoholism and preventing “relapse to opioid dependence after opioid detox.” When coupled with counseling and other addiction recovery programs, Vivitrol helps recovering addicts stay sober.

The combination of Vivitrol and counseling target the “two regions of the brain affected by addiction.” These two areas of the brain, otherwise known as the limbic region and the cortex, control pleasure and rewards, as well as decision-making, reasoning and learning. By targeting these areas of the brain, Vivitrol and counseling help recovering addicts resist the urge to use.

Benefits of Vivitrol on Opioid and Alcohol Dependence

Those addicted to opioids who used Vivitrol, along with counseling:

  • Had longer periods of sobriety
  • Experienced more productive addiction treatment
  • Reported fewer cravings
  • “Were less likely to relapse to physical dependence”

Alcoholics who used Vivitrol, along with counseling:

  • “Had significantly fewer drinking days”
  • Were able to successfully maintain complete abstinence

A Once-Monthly Addiction Treatment Medication

Vivitrol is a medication injected once a month by your healthcare provider. “The only FDA-approved once-monthly extended-release injectable formulation of naltrexone,” Vivitrol provides recovering addicts with the chance to reduce opioid and alcohol addiction. The medication lasts for a full thirty days and does not wear off. It is important to receive Vivitrol every month and to keep injection appointments. A “nonaddictive and nonnarcotic” medication, Vivitrol is a competitive opioid blocker. This means that it prevents you from feeling opioids, should they be introduced into your system.

Vivitrol should not be used alone and should always be combined with other forms of addiction recovery treatments. For more information on utilizing Vivitrol and counseling for a successful addiction recovery, get in touch with The Bergand Group. Serving the Baltimore and Harford County areas, The Bergand Group can help you no matter where you are on your road to recovery.

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At The Bergand Group in Baltimore and Harford County, Maryland, our therapists have more than twenty years of experience in the mental health and addiction fields. Our focus is on providing comprehensive mental health care and appropriate care for addictive disorders. We offer both alcohol rehabilitation and drug rehabilitation. If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol or substance addiction, there is help available. We also offer several other services, including family therapy and counseling. We can help. Contact us today. [/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

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