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In the United States, there is currently what is being called the “opioid epidemic” due to a four-fold increase in opioid-related overdoses in a recent 15-year span. Traditionally, opioid abuse and addiction has been treated with two drugs, buprenorphine and methadone. Both of these are treatments that need to be administered on a daily basis. Part of the fault of not finding relief to the opioid crisis is that those addicted often fail to adhere to the daily dosing schedule for a variety of reasons. To help relieve this problem, a pharmaceutical company called Alkermes developed Vivitrol, a monthly extended-release drug that is administered via injection. In addition to being used in opioid recovery programs, it is sometimes used for treatment of alcohol abuse – both because of the way it works on the user’s body.

Vivitrol is an opioid antagonist. In the person’s brain, it works by blocking opioid receptors which then prevent that person’s body from responding to both endorphins and opioids. Also, and more importantly, it is not opioid-based like buprenorphine and methadone, but is instead a partial inverse agonist, meaning it helps to reverse the bodily condition that stems from abuse of alcohol or opioids.

It is more convenient than other drugs used for the same purpose, but implementation of it in an individuals’ detox program can be more challenging. The user is required to totally cease from opioid use and detoxing can be extremely hard for them. The cost can also be a deterrent – averaging $1000 per dose. What has been seen is individuals beginning treatment but ceasing due to an onset of cravings for Vivitrol or an inability to fund the purchase of doses. Stopping this treatment can cause the person to relapse back to use of Vivitrol and the cycle begins again.

If you or someone you know is struggling with Vivitrol addiction, The Recovery Village can help. Just call the confidential, toll-free hotline to speak with a specialist or check out our related topics to learn more about this drug and treatment options.


Vivitrol Related Topics

Vivitrol Shot for Opiate AddictionThere is a substantial amount of research looking at various medications that can help people with opiate addiction. One such medication is Vivitrol.
Vivitrol Mixing It and AlcoholVivitrol (naltrexone) is a medication to help with opiate addiction. If you have been prescribed this drug by a doctor, it is important to do your research about this medication before taking it. As with all prescription medications, there are side effects.
Taking Vivitrol While Pregnant: What You Need to KnowSo, is it okay to take Vivitrol while pregnant? Vivitrol is classified by the U.S. FDA as a category C pregnancy drug.