Vivitrol (Naltrexone) Addiction & Abuse
Vivitrol isn’t intended to be used on its own and it’s not a cure for addiction. Rather, it is a helpful treatment option when it is used as part of a comprehensive addiction treatment program. Vivitrol can help eliminate some of the drug cravings and mitigate the risk of relapse. This allows a person to focus more on their counseling and their recovery.
To use Vivitrol, a person has to first fully detox from opioids. If someone has opioids in their system when they use this medication, they could go into immediate withdrawal. Similarly to opioids, Vivitrol blocks the pleasurable effects of alcohol. Vivitrol can also help block alcohol cravings for people who are dependent.
While Vivitrol has benefits, it does have potential risks as well. The primary risk is an opioid overdose. Since Vivitrol blocks the effects of opioids, including pain medications and heroin, some people have reportedly tried to overcome the blocking effects with using high doses of opioids. This can easily lead to a fatal overdose. Following a period of abstaining from opioids, people are more sensitive to lower amounts of the drugs.
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