Vivitrol Treatment in NJ

Vivitrol Treatment at Affinity Healthcare Group

Vivitrol is a monthly injectable medication that treats addiction to opioids and alcohol. It acts as an opioid and alcohol blocker, so you don’t experience any euphoric effects. 

Affinity Healthcare Group is a leading behavioral healthcare provider dedicated to helping those struggling with opioid use disorder. Our medication assisted treatment (MAT) therapy utilizes Vivitrol as well as other medications to help ease cravings, reduce the likelihood of relapse, and help ensure a lifetime of sobriety. For a free consultation or for more information on how Affinity Healthcare can help you or a loved one overcome addiction to opioids, contact us today.

Medication Assisted Treatment

Medication assisted treatment (MAT) is a therapy that uses FDA-approved medications to help ease withdrawal symptoms, reduce cravings for opioids, and help prevent relapses. Vivitrol is one of several medications we use to help treat substance abuse disorder. We also use Methadone, Suboxone, and Sublocade.

The medications used in MAT supplement Affinity Healthcare’s recovery program and, when used in conjunction with other therapies, provides a powerful antidote for opioid addiction. 

Benefits of MAT

MAT has a number of benefits for the individual struggling with addiction. With a program of recovery behind it, MAT therapy is a powerful counteractive agent in the fight against addiction and remains one of the best weapons we have against the opioid epidemic.

Below are only some of the benefits of MAT.

  • Reduce the likelihood of relapses
  • Ease withdrawal symptoms
  • Reduce cravings for substances
  • Eliminate the euphoric effects of substances

Vivitrol for Opioid Addiction

What is Vivitrol?

Vivitrol is an extended-release injection used to treat opioid and alcohol addiction. It is typically administered once a month. The primary ingredient in Vivitrol is naltrexone, which is the same medication used in the Narcan injections that EMTs and police carry with them to treat overdoses.

Vivitrol acts as a fast-acting opioid blocker that prevents opioid molecules from binding with the brain’s cell receptors. This blockage prevents opioids from affecting the brain and body. Vivitrol is so effective that it can place someone who is using opioids into an instant withdrawal. 

Therefore, it’s very important that anyone taking Vivitrol remain free from opioid use for at least seven to 14 days before beginning addiction treatment

How Does Vivitrol Work?

Vivitrol directly interacts with the brain to block opioids from reaching its cell receptors. Instead of interacting with the opioid molecule and releasing dopamine, Vivitrol blocks the brain’s ability to achieve a pleasurable high from the connection. This medication essentially acts as a neuro-blocker preventing opioids from being absorbed and processed by the brain and body.

Behavioral Therapies

Affinity Healthcare Group offers a variety of physiological therapies proven to help our clients sustain a life of sobriety. Our staff is routinely educated and updated on the latest protocols in opioid abuse treatment

Individual Therapy

Addiction is a disease that causes self-harm as well as harm to an addict’s loved ones. There’s no one perfect way to treat it as it’s a multifaceted disease. Individual therapy at Affinity Healthcare Group promotes sobriety by getting to the root of our clients’ addiction. Our counselors work with clients to create a treatment plan designed to provide an illuminated path to recovery from opioid addiction.

Group Therapy

Group therapy gives our clients a chance to relate to their peers, give and receive feedback, and share experiences with one another. The group dynamic is not as intimate as individual therapy but just as essential to the recovery process. Group therapy helps break the self-isolation habit many addicts succumb to in the midst of addiction.  

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT is a psychological treatment shown to be effective against a wide range of conditions, including depression, anxiety, substance abuse, eating disorders, relationship issues, and severe mental illness.

CBT works by helping change thinking patterns. Strategies include recognizing cognitive distortions, enhancing problem-solving skills, developing a greater sense of confidence, and facing fears.      

Motivational Interviewing

Motivational Incentives are rewards given for adherence to our program of recovery. Research has shown that these incentives lead to higher rates of retention in treatment programs and abstinence from opioid abuse. Incentives can include gift cards, prizes, vouchers, coupons, and anything else that motivates our clients to create change in their lives.

Motivational Incentives

Motivational Incentives are rewards given for adherence to our program of recovery. Research has shown that these incentives lead to higher rates of retention in treatment programs and abstinence from opioid abuse. Incentives can include gift cards, prizes, vouchers, coupons and anything else that motivates our clients to create change in their lives.

Areas We Serve

Affinity Healthcare serves the Southern New Jersey area with world-class opioid addiction services, including MAT, counseling, and a variety of cutting-edge therapies. Our program promotes sobriety and a life free from substance abuse disorder.

Why Affinity Healthcare Group

Affinity Healthcare Group is dedicated to helping our patients discover a life free from opioid use disorder. The opioid epidemic in America has hindered our growth as a nation, killed far too many citizens, and is a blight on our great country. 

Our multidisciplinary team of specialized addiction medication doctors, nurses, and behavioral therapists is focused on ending the opioid epidemic one case at a time. Our multidisciplinary approach ensures that every facet of addiction, with all its complexities, is confronted. Affinity Healthcare Group has taken great strides in merging our world-class medical staff with our counselors, creating a team of experienced specialists ready and capable of fighting opioid addiction head-on.   

For more information on our range of therapies, funding options, and current program availability, contact us today!

Vivitrol FAQ

Can you get addicted to Vivitrol?

Vivitrol is a non-addictive solution for treating addiction. It’s not impossible to form an addiction to the drug, but it is highly unlikely for a few key reasons:

  1. The drug is controlled and administered by professionals, making access to the drug limited. 
  2. The drug doesn’t create euphoric highs for the user, so it’s generally considered to be non-addictive.  

Will Vivitrol show up on a drug test?

No, Vivitrol will not show up on a standard drug test. 

Will Vivitrol help with alcohol withdrawal?

Vivitrol helps with alcohol cravings and reduces the euphoric effects of alcohol on the brain and body. Vivitrol does not help reduce the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal. Alcohol withdrawal is highly dangerous and requires medical supervision. If you are withdrawing from alcohol, contact a medical healthcare provider immediately. 

How long do you need to be on Vivitrol?

Vivitrol is typically prescribed in conjunction with other treatments to address your addiction, so ultimately the length of time you’ll need to be on Vivitrol will depend upon your treatment. Treatment plans that involve Vivitrol can last anywhere from a few months to years if necessary. 

Does Medicare cover Vivitrol treatment?

It depends. Some inpatient substance abuse treatments that use Vivitrol are covered by Medicare Part B. However, this is only if the way the medication is administered and the way in which the facility bills the cost of the medication. In that case, there are in-house representatives that can outline your share of the cost. 

In the case of outpatient substance abuse programs, Medicare Part B may not cover the Vivitrol treatment, but some Medicare Part D plans may. Again, there are in-house representatives that will be able to outline whether or not Vivitrol is covered under your plan. To learn more about whether Medicare can cover your Vivitrol treatment at Affinity Healthcare Group, contact us today.

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