Vivitrol (Naltrexone) Treatment Questions

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Vivitrol (naltrexone) is medication used to recover from alcohol addiction.

What is Vivitrol, and how does it work?

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.

Do I have to quit drinking entirely to try Vivitrol?

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%.

How much does the Vivitrol shot cost?

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.


How does telehealth Vivitrol treatment work?

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.

What do I need to know about Vivitrol and opioids?

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.

What should I expect from Vivitrol treatment?

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.

Where can I get Vivitrol treatment?

Workit Health offers Vivitrol (naltrexone) treatment for alcohol addiction in California. We serve the entire state via telehealth. If you aren't in our area, you can check out for a directory of providers near you. 

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