Opioid addiction is a nationwide problem that affects people from all walks of life. Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to overcome opioid addiction without medication-assisted treatment from medical professionals. Also, it can be dangerous or even deadly for someone addicted to opioids to try to quit “cold turkey.” The best course of action for someone who wants to leave their opioid addiction behind is to reach out for help.
One of the most popular methods for people to deal with the potentially painful withdrawal effects of opioid or alcohol addiction is Vivitrol therapy. At New Horizons Recovery, we recognize the potential of using Vivitrol for addiction for those ready to leave their drug or alcohol use behind. Our New Castle, Pennsylvania therapy program for opioid or alcohol addiction also includes Vivitrol treatment. Learn more about our programs and services today by calling [Direcct] or contacting us online.
What Is Vivitrol?
Vivitrol therapy, also known as naltrexone therapy, uses this medication to help people deal with the effects of alcohol or opioid use. Once a month, Vivitrol is injected by a trained medical professional. Unlike some other medications, Vivitrol does not give the recipient a high. However, this medication can be dangerous if someone relapses into opioid or alcohol use.
Also, there is a misconception that Vivitrol therapy is just replacing one drug with another. Medical professionals dispel this myth because Vivitrol use is closely monitored to assure that the recipient is safe. Unfortunately, Vivitrol has the potential to be addictive. That’s why it’s imperative that Vivitrol is used only under the supervision of a medical professional.
How Does Vivitrol Therapy Work?
The Vivitrol injection is only the beginning of the recovery process. The real work starts in therapy sessions. At New Horizons Recovery, we provide many forms of therapy programs to help people not only heal from the physical effects of addiction but the psychological effects, as well.
New Horizons Recovery provides therapy programs such as:
- ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy)
- Anxiety treatment
- CBT (cognitive-behavioral therapy)
- Depression treatment
- Dual diagnosis treatment
- DBT (dialectical behavior therapy)
- Family therapy and counseling
- Group therapy
- Life skills training
- Mental health therapy
- MET (motivational enhancement therapy)
- Motivational interviewing
- Person-centered therapy
- Relapse prevention therapy
- 12-step approach
What Are Signs of Opioid Addiction?
It can be challenging to determine if a loved one is addicted to opioids because addiction often occurs behind closed doors. However, there are some common signs of opioid addiction that include:
- Changes in sleep patterns or “nodding off”
- Isolating from loved ones
- Lying or stealing to obtain more opioids
- Risky behavior
- Slowed or slurred speech
- Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities
If you notice these signs in someone you care about, it is critical to reach out for assistance from addiction treatment professionals as soon as possible.
What Are Signs of Alcohol Addiction?
Vivitrol can also be useful for people addicted to alcohol. But how do you know if you or someone else is addicted to alcohol?
Some signs of alcohol addiction include:
- Previous attempts to stop drinking have been unsuccessful
- Suffering from delirium tremens (DTs) or tremors when not drinking
- Spending a lot of time in the cycle of drinking, being hungover, and then drinking again
- Using alcohol when it’s unsafe, such as driving or while taking care of children
Overcome Addiction with Vivitrol Therapy at New Horizons Recovery
Opioid and alcohol addiction are known to produce the most painful withdrawal symptoms. In fact, the pain of the withdrawal symptoms causes some people to immediately relapse to end the pain. However, with the support of professionals like our team at New Horizons Recovery, it is possible to leave addiction behind. If you or a loved one might benefit from Vivitrol therapy, contact our friendly staff today by calling 267.435.3134 or completing our convenient online contact form.