Alcohol Addiction

Vivitrol for Alcohol Addiction

Cutting back or stopping your alcohol consumption can be difficult. The sale of alcohol at restaurants, grocery stores, convenience stores is virtually everywhere we go.  Surrounded by family and friends who drink socially, you feel out of place when you order iced tea.  Combine all of that with cravings, it can be nearly impossible to bring you drinking down to a safe level. 

Did you know there is a safe, non-addictive medication to help you get your drinking under control?

Vivitrol is a once a month injection used in the treatment of alcoholism. 

It is clinically proven to help people cut back or cut alcohol. It can also help you avoid relapse after you quit.

How effective is it? 

FDA trials found that patients on Vivitrol saw a 92% reduction in heavy drinking days. 

Naltrexone, the active ingredient of Vivitrol, is non addictive, non-habit forming and has a low risk of side effects. As with any medical condition, taking medication works best in conjunction with a comprehensive  treatment program. 

How does it work?

In some people, drinking alcohol makes their brain gives off a surge of dopamine. After repeated exposure, their brains start to crave this excess dopamine release which translates into alcohol cravings.  When you take Vivitrol, drinking alcohol won’t cause the same type of dopamine reaction. Because dopamine creates pleasure, drinking alcohol while taking naltrexone won’t be as enjoyable, which helps you cut back or quit.

Providers at Arizona Recovery Center can help you decide if Vivitrol is right for you.