Many patients struggling with opiate dependence can begin and maintain abstinence with a brief but intensive outpatient withdrawal process involving medication. Others may benefit from a period of taking medication that replaces the opiate but without the damaging effects or need for continually higher doses. Our medical provider will thoroughly assess your condition and recommend a course of medication that bests addresses your individual needs.
Studies indicate that naltrexone (brand name Vivitrol) is a highly effective medication that, once the withdrawal process is complete, can help prevent relapse. This is an integral part of many patients’ treatment plans, if indicated by a medical provider.
Naltrexone blocks the receptors where opioids bind and exert their effects. If a patient slips and takes an opiate, there’s no euphoric high. It’s like an “insurance policy.” It prevents a single slip from becoming a full-blown relapse.