Vivitrol Detox Centers
Vivitrol, also known by the name naltrexone, is an injectable used to treat opioid dependence and alcoholism. It blocks the pain relief and euphoria caused by opioids, making their use less appealing. It also reduces urges to drink. But, the drug is not a cure for either addiction.
It is simply a component of a complete medication assisted treatment plan. Because Vivitrol can trigger immediate withdrawal symptoms if opioids or alcohol are in the system, users are strongly urged not to take the drug for a full two weeks after using.
If you have developed a dependence upon or addiction to Vivitrol, you are still using even though it is causing negative consequences in your daily life. It’s time that you attended a drug addiction treatment program. But, before you can do that, you need to clear all of the Vivitrol from your system.
That can cause intense withdrawal symptoms to set-in, and these typically cause people to return to using. To truly stop using Vivitrol, you need professional detoxification. A professional program will give you the medical oversight you need to successful abstain from Vivitrol use.
If you are interested in undergoing professional detox, you need to find one. We can help. Call 800-315-1376 (Who Answers?) and speak to an experienced advisor who can direct you to appropriate programs, discuss financing them, and answer all of your questions. There isn’t any reason not to call right now.
Why Do I Need Professional Detox?
Many people detox from drugs like Vivitrol on their own, but the success rates of home detox don’t often match those seen by people in a proper program and one prominent reason is that they cannot remain engaged in the process once cravings and withdrawal set-in. If you are working with a team of professionals, you get the support you need to make it through these rough patches.
In addition, you may be in a situation that aggravates treatment, like:
- Abusing more than one substance
- Having a co-occurring condition
- Being in overall poor health
Each of these scenarios presents some ancillary issues that you aren’t prepared to deal with. Detox becomes more complicated than “don’t use Vivitrol.” You now have to factor in disorders that affect one another or health conditions that are worsened by withdrawal symptoms, or even concerns that can develop into life-threatening situations.
Detox Can Treat Co-Occurring Conditions
Detox will be more difficult if you have an additional mental or physical disorder. Professional detox is able to address multiple issues.
In many cases, people who suffer from addiction end up developing a dependence because they are self-medicating other existing conditions. Often, these conditions haven’t evolved to a point where they can be easily diagnosed by physicians, but they symptoms are present enough for individuals to feel compelled to ease them with drug use. Detox professionals know how to evaluate symptoms and identify their underlying source.
Conversely, some disorders are the result of drug use. Vivitrol use may trigger the onset of a mental or physical disorder.
You may also simply develop health concerns due to the withdrawal process. If your symptoms involve a lot of diarrhea and vomiting, you may end up dehydrated and/or have an electrolyte imbalance. These can be properly treated by a medical professional.
Treating co-occurring disorders can be complicated and you aren’t equipped to do so independently. Both conditions need to be treated as part of an integrated plan, ensuring that treating one does not aggravate or worsen the other.
Detox Can Prescribe Medications
Although it is unlikely that you will be given an opioid addiction treatment drug for your Vivitrol detox, you will likely be tapered off of your existing Vivitrol, which requires a prescription.
The most likely scenario is that you will be given medications to ease the discomfort associated with specific withdrawal symptoms. Some symptoms that may need to be medicated in order to relieve them include:
- Muscle aches and pains
- Abdominal cramping
For example, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, your clinician may prescribe Benadryl for your insomnia or Bentyl for abdominal cramping.
If you are interested in professional detox, call 800-315-1376 (Who Answers?). You have everything to gain from calling; don’t put it off.