NAD Treatment Center offers VIVITROL as a part of The NAD Treatment Center Detox Method™, a specialized combination of treatment methods that supports the withdrawal process and restores the brain. The physical dependency on substances often leads to relapse and perpetuates the addiction cycle. Vivitrol is an important aspect of the withdrawal treatment process, because it targets the physical dependency aspect of addiction.
What is VIVITROL?
VIVITROL (naltrexone for extended-release injectable suspension) is the first non-addictive drug approved by the FDA to prevent opioid use following detox. The active ingredient, naltrexone, acts on certain opioid receptors in the brain to block the “high” or pleasurable feelings that occur with opioid or alcohol use. Vivitrol is used to prevent relapse to opiate dependence after opiate detox, and is also used to treat alcohol dependence. Vivitrol is typically given as a monthly injection following detox.
Important things to know about VIVITROL:
- Do NOT try to overcome the blocking effects of Vivitrol by taking opiates. Any amount of opiate use could lead to overdose or death.
- You must stop taking opiates or other opioid-containing medications before taking Vivitrol
- You should stop drinking alcohol before taking Vivitrol
- Vivitrol should be used in conjunction with other recovery programs, such as counseling, which is also part of The NAD Treatment Center Detox Method™ offered Dr. Milgram and his team at NAD Treatment Center
Dr. Milgram, the Medical Director of NAD Treatment Center and addiction specialist with over 26 years of experience has this to say about Vivitrol, “Vivitrol works to prevent people from using opiates. It takes the control out of the addict’s hands by curbing the desired effect. Taking Vivitrol during the first six months of recovery, highly increases the chance of having a long-term full recovery.”