Opiates and opioids, both similar drugs, are highly addictive and challenging to stop using. Individuals who want to end their addiction to these drugs usually have to go through an extensive treatment program that may include detox, therapy, dual diagnosis treatment, and other types of professional care. In addition, we may also recommend a medication-assisted treatment program, such as a Vivitrol shot.

One of the most effective medications for helping you overcome your treatment is Vivitrol, an anti-opiate that blocks the effects of the drug and gives you a better chance at recovery. We administer Vivitrol as a part of our medication assisted treatment program at Pillars Recovery. If you would like to know about how Vivitrol can help you overcome your addiction to opiates or opioid, then contact Pillars Recovery at 866.782.0247.

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The first thing you need to know about Vivitrol is that it is safe and non-addictive. Therefore, you will not transfer your addiction from opiates to this medication. There no side effects of Vivitrol. So you should not feel any type of illness, headache, or nausea when taking the medication.

Vivitrol is not a cure-all drug. In fact, we do not use it as a primary treatment. It is a supplemental aid that blocks the effects of opiates or opioids in your system. As a result, when you take an opiate such as heroin or morphine, you will not get high. In fact, your body will not respond to the opiate at all.

Vivitrol will not cause you to stop taking opiates. You will still need to undergo standard addiction therapy services and other types of treatment to get clean and stay clean. You will also need to go through detox as the first step toward recovery. Once you finish detox, you will be able to take Vivitrol.

Additional facts you may need to know:

  • Some agitation and soreness at the site of injection may occur
  • You may not take Vivitrol if you are pregnant or if you are actively using opiates
  • You must be 10-14 days opiate free before starting Vivitrol treatment

How is Vivitrol Different From Naloxone or Naltrexone?

You may have also heard of Naloxone or Naltrexone treatment. How do these drugs differ from Vivitrol? Naloxone (Narcan) is a short-acting drug which will bring you out of an opiate overdose by stripping the opiate from the opiate receptor. It is known as a life-saving drug.

Naltrexone is a short-acting, opiate/alcohol-blocking drug. It blocks the effects that these substances have on the body. Vivitrol is an extended-release form of Naltrexone. The extended-release properties of Vivitrol give you more will power to quit, because you may be more likely to stop using the drugs if there is no effect.

Vivitrol As Part of Your Treatment Program

At Pillars Recovery, we offer a wide range of treatments that can help you recover from your addiction to opiates or opioids. These treatments include:

Our programs include individual, group, and family therapy, as well as specific treatments for both men and women. In addition, you can explore our outpatient options, such as 12-step programs and aftercare programs.

When you add Vivitrol shots to our core treatment programs, it increases your chances of a successful recovery.

Find Out More About the Vivitrol Shot Today

If you are ready to take your first step to recovery and need help, then we are here. Pillars Recovery offers complete therapy, treatment, and medication to help you get clean and stay clean. If you would like to know more about the Vivitrol shot, then contact us today at 866.782.0247. One phone call to Pillars Recovery could change your life for the better.