When an individual struggles with substance abuse, they need professional help to heal properly. Finding the right treatment program is key in not only healing the body from addiction but improving one’s mental health through counseling. One of the ways individuals can address their substance use disorder is through a medication-assisted treatment or MAT program where prescription medication is administered in combination with customized therapeutic services. One such program is Sunlight Medical Services’ Vivitrol treatment program. This MAT program helps individuals struggling with either alcohol use disorder or opioid addiction. Vivitrol can reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms, giving patients an edge as they work through treatment to heal from addiction.

woman with counselor in vivitrol treatment programWhat Is Vivitrol?

Vivitrol is the brand name of the medication naltrexone. It is effective in helping individuals struggling with opioid addiction or alcohol dependence. As an opioid antagonist or blocking medication, Vivitrol blocks the effects of endogenous opioid peptides. Also, this blocking prevents dopamine release from alcohol, making it an effective treatment in overcoming alcohol addiction. This medication, when used in combination with counseling like that in our Vivitrol treatment program, lowers the risk of relapse.

There is a variety of medication-assisted treatment recovery specialists use. Each are effective in their way and can help those struggling with addiction recover. One of the qualities that sets Vivitrol apart is its non-narcotic effect. Vivitrol has no potential for abuse because it doesn’t produce a high when taken. Thus, our Vivitrol treatment program is safe and effective.

Our Vivitrol Treatment Program

Often, Vivitrol is given as an injection monthly. As patients progress through our Vivitrol treatment program, our medical professionals monitor dosage and effectiveness, adjusting it according to needs. Patients entering the program need to have already completed opioid or alcohol detox. Vivitrol isn’t a miracle drug. Patients will be the FDA-approved medication strictly administered as they participate in comprehensive counseling. Medication-assisted treatment, when combined with behavioral counseling, is the most effective means of treating addiction. Doing so addresses both the physical and mental sides of addiction, giving patients the best chance to make a lasting recovery. For instance, some of the counseling and therapeutic services Sunlight Medical offers include:

Within these counseling programs, patients will be exposed to talk therapies like cognitive-behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy as well as mindfulness. These build upon and reinforce medication-assisted treatment creating a supportive system healing the body and mind.

However, as with any medication, there can be side effects. Fortunately, our primary care doctor maintains a close eye on all patients. While not common, individuals may experience the following side effects:

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Mood swings or anxiety
  • Muscle aches or weakness
  • Thirst
  • Increased Heart Rate

Thus, patients need to let our primary care physician and medical providers know if they experience any of these symptoms. We’ll adjust the treatment program accordingly. Side effects are rare, and our skilled staff makes it a point to flag any issues upon intake and evaluation.

Sunlight Medical Services

Whether you or a loved one are struggling with substance use disorder, support is available at Sunlight Medical Services. Our compassionate and experienced staff of medical professionals, counselors, and therapists can help patients working through opioid addiction or alcohol use disorder. Within our successful and varied medication-assisted treatments, our Vivitrol treatment program may be just what you need. However, we offer other MAT programs such as:

At Sunlight Medical Services, we tailor our treatment plans to meet the unique needs of our patients. So reach out to us today at 855.920.1104 to explore how we can help.