Training on Vivitrol Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder

A gold standard in treating Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) and Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD), Vivitrol is one of many medication-assisted treatment programs offered at SJRP. Recently, members from the Vivitrol clinical and business development teams visited SJRP to provide our staff members with educational training on Vivitrol treatment both for opioid and alcohol use disorders.

Vivitrol is a once-monthly, extended-release injectable suspension that contains the active ingredient Naltrexone which is one of three drugs that has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of opioid dependence. At St. John’s Recovery Place, we are very grateful to the dedicated members of the treatment community, including above pictured Schan Starkey, Vivitrol Clinical Educator, Ian Greenfield, SJRP Utilization Review Director, and Joel Duffey, Vivitrol Territory Business Manager, who continue working together for the greater good of all of our clients. Thank you to the Vivitrol team for working with us to improve our knowledge of the appropriate & available treatments that we can offer clients to help them achieve their recovery goals.

Vivitrol works by blocking the pleasurable effects that are caused when using alcohol or opioids. This helps to reduce cravings and minimizes the “urge” to use these substances, as a result, longer periods of abstinence are likely for those who receive the Vivitrol injection. However, Vivitrol is not for everyone. At SJRP, the decision to receive the Vivitrol injection is made on an individual client basis. The client receives educational information about Vivitrol from the SJRP clinical team if this treatment seems like a good fit for him or her. However, the final decision of whether or not to participate in Vivitrol treatment is always left up to the client to decide.

Think you know someone who might be a good candidate for Vivitrol treatment? Give SJRP admissions a call at 833-397-3422 to learn more about our treatment programs for opioid use disorder and alcohol addiction.

 Who Can Take Vivitrol?

Vivitrol treatment is only administered to those who meet pre-established, multi-level criteria for Naltrexone treatment. Those who are still drinking or using opioids should NOT take Vivitrol. Individuals in the early stages of withdrawal from these substances also should not engage in Vivitrol treatment. Failure to observe the required 5-10 abstinence period recommended by Vivitrol treatment specialists may lead to precipitated withdrawal, an immediate reversal of opioid effects that can leave the user feeling extremely sick and uncomfortable.

We recommend Vivitrol be taken in conjunction with participation in traditional therapy and support programs aimed at helping you to reestablish healthy coping mechanisms and behaviors. When Vivitrol treatment is administered in conjunction with traditional therapy and treatments provided by most inpatient rehab facilities in Florida, clients have a good chance at sustained abstinence in recovery.

How Long is Vivitrol Treatment?

While Vivitrol itself is a once-monthly injection, the actual period of treatment for each client will vary based on individual needs and recommendations.  Treatment is recommended for at least 6 months, but some will require 1 year or more of treatment to ensure the most severe cravings pass by and there is continued abstinence in recovery. Your treatment provider will help you decide when it might be safe to discontinue Vivitrol injections.

Is Vivitrol Right For Me?

Wondering if Vivitrol might be the right option for your recovery? Before making any decisions it is important to recognize that Vivitrol treatment is most effective when combined with traditional therapy and supports that are offered by drug and alcohol treatment programs. To learn more about Vivitrol or other medication-assisted treatment options that may be helpful in your recovery, call SJRP admissions at 833-397-3422.