Vivitrol (naltrexone) treatment questions
Vivitrol (naltrexone) is a once-a-month shot to reduce your cravings for alcohol to help you recover from alcohol addiction.
Restore the brain's chemical balance and reduce your cravings with FDA-approved medication
Vivitrol (naltrexone) can help you feel better once you’ve stopped drinking.
Vivitrol (naltrexone extended release as a shot) aids in recovery from addiction to alcohol. It acts as a barrier in the brain, blocking molecules from attaching to receptors. By blocking receptors, it can reduce cravings for alcohol.
No, although those in abstinence-based recovery find Vivitrol (naltrexone) helpful for dealing with alcohol cravings, a study of Vivitrol use among people struggling with alcohol dependence showed a reduction in heavy drinking days of up to 92%.
The Vivitrol shot itself is often covered by insurance, including Medicaid. If you don’t have insurance, Vivitrol offers a program for those that need assistance with the cost of treatment. At Workit Health, your doctor’s visits, therapy, and engaging online addiction courses are all included in a flat fee. We have grant funding available in certain counties in California.
Through Workit Health’s online program, you can speak with a clinician via a telehealth video visit about your medical history and your recovery goals. Start treatment with naltrexone from your local pharmacy, and then continue care with a Vivitrol shot administered at an approved pharmacy near you.
Even when using Vivitrol for alcohol use disorder, it’s important to note that opioids can’t be taken when on Vivitrol. It is an opioid antagonist. If you are actively taking opioids, talk with your care team about the best treatment options for your alcohol addiction.
Before beginning Vivitrol, it’s important to establish recovery goals with your care team. Treatment begins with naltrexone pills to ensure tolerance to the medication. After stabilizing on naltrexone pills, you will transition to the Vivitrol shot. The shot will be administered every month by your Vivitrol doctor or a pharmacy in your area.
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