Can You Become Addicted to Vivitrol and Is Detox Necessary?
Vivitrol, the injectable form of Naltrexone, is used to help individuals struggling with alcohol and opioid abuse, but can you become addicted to Vivitrol and is detox necessary? Addiction treatment for alcoholics and individuals with opiate abuse has come a long way since the 1950s. Drugs such as Suboxone and Methadone were designed to help the individual endure withdrawal while curbing the cravings; however there was also the danger that the individual would end up exchanging one addiction for another.
What is Vivitrol?
Vivitrol is a once a month injectable that like the others, works to control withdrawal symptoms from quitting alcohol and/or opiate abuse as well as the cravings that are often times the reason individuals return to drugs and alcohol. Although the pill form, Naltrexone has been around since the mid 1990s, Vivitrol has only been available since 2006 for alcohol abuse and 2010 for opiate addiction. Vivitrol works as by blocking the brain’s opioid receptors, stopping the triggers, cravings and preventing the euphoric effects from using alcohol and opiates. Vivitrol may only be used after alcohol or opiate detox. In other words, you have to stop consumption before you can begin a Vivitrol regimen. Using Vivitrol and alcohol or opiates such as OxyContin, Percocet or Heroin is dangerous and can result in severe withdrawal symptoms. In clinical trials conducted by the FDA, Vivitrol has been shown to effectively reduce alcohol consumption, about 25 percent of study participants, but only about 10 percent of participants achieved abstinence. Further, the FDA study showed that Vivitrol worked for one in five individuals.
Risk for Vivitrol Abuse or Addiction
On a positive note, there is no risk for Vivitrol overdose, abuse or addiction. However, there are certain side effects associated with Vivitrol use including:
- Liver damage/failure
- Muscle/joint pain
- Abdominal pain
Cost of Vivitrol
The cost effectiveness of Vivitrol is in the eye of the beholder. While the pill form of Naltrexone costs about $11 per month, the new and improved injectable version – Vivitrol – costs about $1000 per month and even with insurance the individual will still end up out of pocket for a large portion.
Alternative to Vivitrol
If quitting alcohol and opiate abuse is important to you and you are not very keen on spending $1000 a month for an indefinite amount of time, consider an alternative to Vivitrol such as IV therapy medical detox. IV therapy is fast-acting and is very effective at controlling withdrawal symptoms while keeping the patient comfortable throughout the process. IV therapy medical detox will take about three to seven days for alcohol detox and seven to ten for opiate detox after which the toxins will be removed from your body and you can then continue treatment in rehab, receive behavioral therapy counseling or participate in a community support group to encourage long-term recovery success. Find out more about whether or not you can become addicted to Vivitrol and is detox necessary by calling Gallus Detox Center today at 855-338-6929. Our admission team can answer your questions about our facility, IV therapy medical detox and overcoming alcohol and opiate dependency.