Using Vivitrol® (Naltrexone) for Opiate Relapse Prevention
JC Recovery Center offers Vivitrol to some of our patients to help prevent relapse.
As an individual who’s tried to recover from an addiction knows, fighting cravings during that first week may be the most difficult part of recovery. This drug helps fight these cravings. Vivitrol is an injectable form of sustained-release naltrexone. Extended-release naltrexone was approved in 2010 for the prevention of relapse to opioid dependence. It is formulated to gradually release the drug naltrexone to block any effects of opioids for up to one month after injection. JC Recovery Center favors this medication because it has no known abuse potential and is not a controlled substance.
Naltrexone has gained acceptance in the criminal justice system as a tool for prevention of relapse for opioid dependence. This extended-release opioid antagonist is particularly appealing to patients and providers who are unlikely to access opioid-agonist maintenance treatment such as methadone therapy, or methadone-buprenorphine (Suboxone) therapy and who prefer a relapse-prevention medication.
This drug is specially formulated to gradually release naltrexone to block any effect of opioids for up to one month after a single injection.
The NIH Study
The National Institute on Drug Abuse, a government organization that is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) co-sponsored a large, multisite, randomized trial to test the effectiveness of extended-release naltrexone among community-dwelling criminal justice offenders who were at high-risk for opioid relapse and other related adverse outcomes.
Before Taking Vivitrol – What You Need to Know
Until you’ve been sober or clean from opioid drugs and medications for 7 to 10 days, you can’t take Vivitrol. JC Recovery Center can help you navigate through this time until you can get set on an extended-release naltrexone program. We will provide a safe and structured environment that you can come to for the 7-10 days. During this period you would work one on one with a therapist to make sure you know all the pros and cons of this form of treatment. We want to make sure each client is making a well-informed decision.
Benefits of Vivitrol
If you’re thinking about this program, consider the following benefits that come with it:
JC Recovery Center offers this treatment to those who are struggling with addiction. We have have been having great success with this service. If you think that Vivitrol could help you or family member we would be happy to speak with you about it. Please contact one of our admissions advisors today for more information.