If you or someone you know is serious about getting clean from opiates, then Vivitrol is something you may want to educate yourself on. The drug Vivitrol with the active ingredient Naltrexone, is a once monthly shot that kills the effects of alcohol and opiates. If a person who is administered Vivitrol takes heroin or painkillers, they will not feel the effects of the opiates. This could be the start to solving the opiate epidemic around the world.
Vivitrol is not a new drug. It was approved by the FDA in 2006 for alcoholism and was then approved in 2010 for opiate addiction. So how does Vivitrol work? Vivitrol competes with drugs like oxycodone, hydrocodone and heroin for the attention of the opioid receptors in the brain. For the drug to work to it's maximum potential, an abuser of opiates must stop using the opiates for 7 days prior to receiving a dose. Their body must be completely clean of opiates for Vivitrol to work effectively.
In most clinical trials that evaluated the effectiveness of Vivitrol, people who received the drug were significantly more successful in remaining clean and avoiding relapse than people who were given a placebo. The great news about the studies done on the drug is that there were minimal side effects. The side effects that were detected were nausea, headache, depression, dizziness, fatigue, insomnia, anxiety and sleepiness. Those side effects are the same as going through withdrawal anyway, so why not take the drug to help stop using? If you do happen to relapse, you will not feel the euphoria you are seeking which may keep you from trying to use again in the future.
I am curious as to why Vivitrol is not more popular for those seeking recovery. Vicitrol is not a magic shot that cures you of addiction, but it can definitely help lead you along the right path. You still need to be vigilant in your recovery and grow a strong support system and continue working at your recovery. I believe those about to face withdrawal and recovery should research to see if it is good match for you.
Obviously those who are prescribed opiates should not take Vivitrol as it will directly interfere with their pain management. Parents who are afraid that their child or family members are abusing opiates should educate themselves on Vivitrol. Talk to your family doctor about it to see if it's right for you.
Many drug courts and correctional facilities are turning to this drug to help combat opiate abuse. In drug court, this drug will help keep it's participants on the straight and narrow and help to keep them successful in recovery. Correctional facilities are offering the drug to be administered to inmates who are 5 days away from release to give them a better opportunity to adjusting to the outside world and giving them a better chance of staying clean.