Women's Vivitrol/Naltrexone

New River Wellness Center has designed an effective drug and alcohol rehab program that also comprises the administration of Vivitrol, a powerful and productive medication used in the treatment of drug and alcohol abuse. Vivitrol works potentially well along with our psychosocial therapy and our traditional 12-Step recovery program.


Vivitrol is an FDA approved non-narcotic, non-addictive medication used in the treatment of drug and alcohol abuse and relapse prevention.

Method of Administration:

Vivitrol is administered once in a month via intramuscular injection in a controlled setting such as a rehab center by a licensed medical professional or an addiction specialist.

Vivitrol Vs other drugs

Vivitrol reduces the patient’s desire to drink and inhibits the brain from feeling any pleasurable effects of drugs which is the primary step to recover from addiction. Additionally, post detoxification, it serves as an effective approach to relapse prevention. Thus, Vivitrol is a superior, much more manageable anti-addiction medication than its counterparts such as Campral, Suboxone and Topomax that need daily maintenance over several years. Unlike other anti-alcohol medications like Coprine and Antabuse, Vivitrol is an effective anti-alcohol medication that will not make the patient sick in case of consuming alcohol during therapy. A primary advantage with Vivitrol is that it cannot be abused like other medications like Subutex and Suboxone. Unlike other drugs such as Methadone and Buprenorphine that were developed to achieve and sustain meaningful abstinence from drugs and alcohol, but failed, Vivitrol offers long-term support for recovery from such habit-forming drugs.

Vivitrol composition and recommended dosage:

Vivitrol is the trade name of the active ingredient called Naltrexone which is marketed in a pill form or as an injectable. The injectable extended-release form of the drug is called Vivitrol and it is administered once a month through intramuscular injection in a recommended dosage of 380mg which may vary depending upon the patient’s response to the medication. It is prescribed only by a licensed healthcare provider who is authorized to prescribe medications. It is designed to be time released and therefore administered only once every 28 days. Extended Naltrexone therapy beyond 3 months duration is considered most effective and the therapy can also be extended indefinitely.

Administration of Vivitrol must be given only by MAT services professionals who acquire and maintain legal certifications to dispense and prescribe opioid and alcohol dependence medications.

How does Vivitrol work?

The active ingredient Naltrexone present in Vivitrol binds with the brain’s opioid receptors and stops the brain from responding to the administered opioids or alcohol. This makes the patient incapable of feeling the pleasures delivered by the drugs. It also interferes with the body’s endorphin levels and reduces the person’s desire to drink, thereby enabling the body to show a negative response to alcohol. Naltrexone has also been proved for a vivid impact on other relative issues like tobacco dependence, mood disorders, depersonalization disorders, developmental disabilities such as autism, behaviour and impulse control disorders like compulsive gambling, addiction to pornography, self-injury and kleptomania.

How effective is Vivitrol?

An 18-month long study showed that patients that were involved in counselling in addition to taking Vivitrol showed significant improvements in achieving and maintaining complete abstinence from drugs and alcohol when compared to placebo. They have also had longer stays in treatment rather than quitting the program. Vivitrol administration has reduced the number of heavy drinking days and also facilitated in maintaining total abstinence from alcohol when compared to placebo that showed insignificant results.

Naltrexone, present in Vivitrol reduces the euphoric effects such as feelings of intoxication associated with alcohol consumption. This facilitates the patient in managing their drinking habits by motivating them to stay in the treatment program and avoid relapses.

Words of caution:

Naltrexone is a medication that must be used only in medication-assisted treatment and it is to be used only as part of an approved treatment program along with proper counseling. Self-medication is completely not recommended. Patients treated with Naltrexone for relapse after total abstinence from drugs and alcohol may find the dosage of opioid used previously may have fatal consequences such as respiratory arrest. Persons using Naltrexone must not take other opioids or other illicit drugs, alcohol, sedatives, tranquilizers or any other drugs.

Side Effects:

Patients on Naltrexone treatment may experience a few side effects. But the medication is not to be stopped under any such circumstance. Alternatively, they can consult their healthcare provider or their treatment practitioner to adjust the dosage or change the medication if necessary. Some possible side effects are:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • diarrhoea
  • Nervousness
  • Fatigue
  • Drowsiness
  • Joint pain
  • Seek immediate medical attention in any of the below situations.
  • Naltrexone might cause liver injury or allergic pneumonia. Contact your healthcare provider on the onset of symptoms or signs of liver disease or respiratory difficulties.
  • Naltrexone can cause allergic skin reactions surrounding the injection site. Contact your healthcare provider as soon as you notice abnormal skin reactions or swelling around the injection site.

At New River Wellness Center, our team of qualified medical professionals are involved in administering Vivitrol which is a part our comprehensive drug rehab program, designed exclusively for women. All the clients are deemed a candidate only after an individual evaluation conducted by our experienced medical staff.

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