Deciding to commit to treatment for alcohol or opioid dependence is not an easy choice, but realizing that it has to be done is the first step in the recovery process. Opioid addiction is a lifelong condition which makes it a challenge to remain abstinent from opioid use. Studies have shown that long-term drug abuse chemically changes the brain, which can continue to affect an individual long after they have stopped using drugs. For this reason, the possibility of relapse never really diminishes. It is especially challenging for an individual who has completed treatment to continue their life of sobriety while battling constant urges. Relapse can happen at any time, even long after an individual has completed detoxification. If an individual does relapse, it does not mean that they have failed. Sometimes the missing component to their treatment plan was medication, and this can easily be fixed. After an individual has completed detox, studies have shown that using VIVITROL® in combination with counseling is a proven method to lessen the likelihood of relapse. While VIVITROL® has shown to be effective in the treatment of opioid addiction; it may not work for everyone.
The Benefits of VIVITROL® During Recovery
People who are dependent on alcohol or opioids are more likely to fully recover and less likely to relapse when treated with a combination of medication and counseling. Professional groups like the American Medical Association and the American Psychiatric Association say that adding medication to a counseling program for addiction can help increase the chances for a successful recovery. Call us today at Sobriety Resources today and ask about treatment plans that use VIVITROL®.