Vivitrol® is available to our clients who have opiate or alcohol dependence. Vivitrol®, or long acting Naltrexone, is a once-a-month injection that, when given during early treatment, and up to one year after, can help reduce cravings and therefore help prevent relapse. This is critical in the early stages of sobriety, as cravings are their most intense in the first ninety days. This is when the brain is most sensitive to stress hormones, and needs the greatest protection. It is during stressful periods that most relapses occur. Naltrexone blocks receptors in the brain that give a person pleasure when they drink alcohol or take opiates in any form. It has been shown in clinical studies to reduce relapse rates by 25% when used in the proper setting.
Vivitrol® does not work for everyone, but at Hotel California by The Sea, we test the genetic profile of each client to see if they would benefit from it. We are one of a select few recovery centers in the country that perform this testing on all of our clients.
For Opiate Addicts
The active ingredient in Vivitrol®, Naltrexone, works as a “blocker.” It attaches to certain opioid receptors in one’s brain and blocks the pleasurable feelings associated with taking opioids, including heroin and prescription drugs.
Even though Vivitrol® may block the intense high from opioids, it does not prevent good feelings that come from other natural pleasurable activities.
After you get a dose of Vivitrol®, its blocking effect slowly decreases and completely goes away over time.
When used with proper counseling and therapy, vivitrol® can significantly reduce relapse rates in some alcoholics, and increase the chances of attaining and maintaining abstinence from drugs and alcohol.
At Hotel California by the Sea, our clients are continuously monitored to ensure that each individual is provided with the best opportunity to achieve and maintain long-term sobriety.