The urge to use opioids — even when you want to stop — is related to craving the drug’s effects. Unfortunately, those who have an addiction to opioids often get caught up in the process of continually seeking that “high” feeling — even when they know what they are doing is not good for their body or their life. Naltrexone therapy with monthly injections can block those desirable opioid effects to help thwart opioid use.
Naltrexone Is Widely Prescribed to Patients Who Are Recovering From an Addiction to Prevent Opioid Relapse
The purpose of Vivitrol® (naltrexone) is to prevent patients from relapses after they have successfully completed the detoxification of the withdrawal process. Because Vivitrol® is exclusively designed for patients who have already completed detoxification, Vivitrol® is not administered until later in the recovery process. Patients may receive other medications — such as Suboxone® (buprenorphine) and methadone — to help comfortably navigate detoxification before transitioning to naltrexone.
Vivitrol® is the naltrexone used by Symetria Recovery®. It is slowly released into the body through monthly injections. Our experienced physicians safely inject the medication for the patient, which minimizes the risk of accidental patient injury.
Because our physicians administer naltrexone on-site at our comfortable, state-of-the-art outpatient treatment centers, there is no need for the patient to call a pharmacy for refills, join a waiting list or worry about costly medication co-pays. Treatment with Vivitrol® is affordable and discreet. It is also proven to be effective when medication is supplemented by therapy, counseling and a strong support system for the patient.
Naltrexone therapy works by binding to the opioid receptors in the brain and concurrently blocking the typical effects other drugs produce, such as euphoria or sedation. Naltrexone is also reported to help curb those opioid cravings that can make abstinence so difficult for someone in recovery. If a person relapses while taking Vivitrol® therapy injections, he or she will not usually feel the effects of the substance.
Better the Chances for Recovery Success With a Comprehensive Opioid Addiction Treatment Plan
Recovery from opioid addiction is not something that happens overnight. Even though Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT) with Vivitrol® treatment is an effective component of your recovery, it is not a cure-all. Full, successful recovery can only come from tending to the psychological or emotional elements of addiction and prior substance abuse.
At Symetria Recovery®, each patient who comes to us gets a full assessment to determine the best plan of treatment. Whether you or a loved one is seeking help, we will determine if treatment with Vivitrol® is appropriate, but we will also build a therapeutic plan around MAT.
Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) serves two critical purposes in treating patients for opioid addiction:
- It makes withdrawal and detoxification much more comfortable, allowing the recovery process to proceed more easily
- It helps keep cravings under control, which reduces the risk of using or relapsing after detoxification and treatment
Get Help Fighting Opioid Addiction Today
If you’ve been worried about a loved one, or if you’re concerned about the way you use your pain medication, we urge you to contact us as soon as possible for help. To take the first step or to learn more about Vivitrol® therapy, contact us online or call (855) 282-4819 right away.