Vivitrol (Naltrexone) Treatment Questions

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

It is an antagonist, or blocking medication. 

What is Vivitrol, and how does it work?

Vivitrol (naltrexone extended release as a shot) aids in recovery from addiction to pain pills and heroin. It acts as a barrier in the brain, blocking opioid molecules from attaching to opioid receptors. By blocking receptors, it can reduce cravings for alcohol or opioids.

Could I get addicted to Vivitrol?

Vivitrol (naltrexone) has no addiction potential. This is a benefit of using it over other anti-addiction medication. The downside, however, is that you need to abstain from using opioids for 7 days before you begin treatment.

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.


Which is right for me, Suboxone or Vivitrol?

Each of these anti-addiction medications has benefits and trade-offs. Many times, those being treated for opioid use disorder begin on Suboxone, and transition to Vivitrol after they're stabilized long-term. Vivitrol is used to treat alcohol cravings, while Suboxone is not recommended for alcohol use disorder.

Read more: Suboxone vs. Vivitrol

What should I expect from Vivitrol treatment?

Before beginning Vivitrol, you need to be off opioids for 7 days. Talk with your care team about how to best make this transition. Vivitrol is best taken by those stable in recovery, and usually treatment begins with naltrexone pills. 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 in Michigan and California. If you aren't in our area, you can check out for a directory of providers near you. 

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