Vivitrol Specialist

Axxis Med Management and Primary Care

Addiction Medicine Physicians & Board-Certified Primary Care Physicians located in Sandy, UT & St. George, UT

Recovering from addiction is a daunting task, and overwhelming cravings and crippling withdrawal symptoms can make it feel impossible. That’s why the experienced providers at Axxis Med Management and Primary Care in Sandy and St. George, Utah, use Vivitrol® to help reduce cravings, so you can safely continue your recovery. To learn more about the benefits of Vivitrol, call Axxis Med Management and Primary Care, or book an appointment online today.

Vivitrol Q&A

What is Vivitrol?

Vivitrol is a form of naltrexone that helps reduce the cravings and symptoms of withdrawal from alcohol and opioid dependency. Unlike other medications used to treat addiction, you don’t have to take Vivitrol every day.

Vivitrol is a muscular injection that your provider administers once a month. Because you only take it once every four weeks, you don’t have to rely on a daily oral tablet. Another benefit of a once-a-month injection is that there’s a reduced risk of Vivitrol interfering with other medications.

What does Vivitrol do?

The goal of once-monthly Vivitrol injections is to prevent alcohol or opioid relapse. What makes Vivitrol an effective addiction treatment is that it significantly reduces your cravings for alcohol and opioids.

As an opioid blocking medication, Vivitrol attaches to your opioid receptors without releasing dopamine. This means the medication is nonaddictive and can stop opioid molecules from attaching to your opioid receptors. 

It also blocks the chemical responses that make consuming alcohol feel pleasurable, reducing your alcohol cravings.

Is Vivitrol right for me?

You cannot have alcohol or opioids in your system for at least 7-14 days before starting your Vivitrol injections. 

However, because Wasatch Recovery Primary Care is a medical facility, your provider may administer Vivitrol before your detox as long as you’re in an inpatient, doctor-supervised setting.

It’s essential that you consult your provider before starting Vivitrol. Because the medication blocks the effects of opioids, you may feel compelled to overcome this blocking effect with large amounts of opioids.

To prevent an overdose, your provider will closely monitor you as you detox and take your first dose of Vivitrol.

Vivitrol is most effective when combined with counseling. Along with Vivitrol injections, the providers at Wasatch Recovery Primary Care offer individualized therapy, group therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), rational-emotive behavioral therapy, and cognitive restructuring and reframing.

Your provider is committed to creating a personalized addiction recovery plan that works for you. Vivitrol can help subdue the intense cravings and withdrawal symptoms that often contribute to alcohol and opioid addiction relapse.

To find out if Vivitrol is the right medication for your individualized recovery plan, callAxxis Med Management and Primary Care, or schedule an appointment online today.