Vivitrol Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Vivitrol is right for me?

As is the case with all medications, the best way to determine if Vivitrol is right for you is to consult with a qualified healthcare provider who is familiar with your needs and goals.

If you choose to enter treatment at Jackson Comprehensive Treatment Center (CTC), you will complete a thorough assessment prior to receiving care. Part of this assessment will involve identifying which type of medication is best suited to you.

Vivitrol is one of the safe and effective medications that may be incorporated into your personalized medication-assisted treatment plan at Jackson CTC. Vivitrol is administered via injection. If your treatment includes Vivitrol, you will receive one injection per month for the duration of your time in treatment.

The active ingredient in Vivitrol is naltrexone, which interacts with the same receptors in your central nervous system that are also impacted by opioids. When you receive monthly Vivitrol injections as part of a medication-assisted opioid treatment program, you will not experience the powerful cravings or other distressing withdrawal symptoms that would otherwise occur when you stop your opioid use.

Although Vivitrol interacts with the same receptors that are influenced by opioid abuse, it does not cause the disorienting high that can be caused by heroin, prescription painkillers, or other opioids. Thus, when you take Vivitrol as part of a medication-assisted treatment plan, you will have the mental clarity that is necessary to drive a car, go to work, fully engage in therapy, and otherwise participate in daily life.

To learn more about whether or not Vivitrol is right for you, contact Jackson CTC.

Can I become addicted to Vivitrol?

Vivitrol is not an opioid, and its use in medication-assisted treatment at Jackson CTC is closely monitored. If you receive monthly injections of Vivitrol through our program, your risk of developing an addiction to this medication is minimal.

As with all forms of prescription medication, though, it is imperative that your use of Vivitrol is limited to the amount and frequency that is directed by your treatment team.

Will Vivitrol show up on a drug screening?

Most standard drug screens do not test for Vivitrol, so it is unlikely that you will have a positive result if you are receiving monthly injections of Vivitrol as part of a medication-assisted treatment program. Also, taking Vivitrol as prescribed by a physician in conjunction with a licensed treatment program is legal and should not preclude you from getting or keeping a job.

Of course, if you are abusing any other drugs that are commonly tested for via standard drug screens, Vivitrol will not mask those substances, and you will test positive.

How long will I need to be on Vivitrol?

The length of time that you remain in treatment at Jackson CTC, and the amount of time that you receive monthly injections of Vivitrol, will be determined by you and your treatment team. Vivitrol has proven to be safe and effective for short and long-term use. Some people remain on Vivitrol for a few months before tapering off this medication, while others continue to receive Vivitrol for a considerably longer period of time. As with all other aspects of your medication-assisted treatment experience at Jackson CTC, the optimal amount of time for you to continue using Vivitrol will be decided based upon your progress toward your treatment goals.

Does Vivitrol interact with other drugs or medications?

Yes, Vivitrol can cause unpleasant reactions if you are taking certain other medications. You may also experience distress if you consume alcohol or abuse certain other non-opioid drugs while you have Vivitrol in your system.

As part of the process of determining if Vivitrol should be incorporated into your medication-assisted treatment at Jackson CTC, you and a member of your treatment team will review all the medications that you are taking. You will also receive specific instructions regarding the substances that can cause adverse effects when taken in conjunction with Vivitrol.

What if I no longer wish to take Vivitrol? Can I stop or switch to a different medication?

If you desire to stop your use of Vivitrol or change to a different type of medication, you will need to address this matter with a member of your treatment team. Due to the extended-release property of Vivitrol, once you receive an injection this medication will remain in your system for about 30 days. Thus, you will need to plan ahead in order to either end your Vivitrol use or transition to a different medication.

A member of your treatment team can discuss the specific procedures that will allow you to either stop your Vivitrol use or switch to another medication without causing undue distress or putting your continued recovery at risk.

What is the cost for Vivitrol treatment?

All care at Jackson Comprehensive Treatment Center is individualized according to the specific needs of each person who heals with us. Thus, the cost of medication-assisted treatment that incorporates Vivitrol can vary depending upon a variety of personal factors.

To learn more about the cost of care at Jackson CTC, and for help determining if Vivitrol or another form of medication is best for you, please contact us at your convenience. A friendly and knowledgeable member of our team can explain our services, answer all of your questions, and help you determine if our center is the perfect place to begin your recovery journey.