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How Long Does Vivitrol Last?

by Will Long

July 20, 2023

Understanding Vivitrol and Its Duration

Vivitrol (naltrexone) is a medication-assisted treatment (MAT) option that Landmark Recovery utilizes for patients battling opioid and alcohol addictions. An extended-release formulation, it is an injectable medication given once a month, typically every 28 days, by a healthcare provider.

Vivitrol’s blocking effects last for about a month, following each injection. In other words, this medication offers a protective shield against opioids and alcohol for roughly 30 days. However, the duration may slightly vary depending on individual physiological factors such as metabolism, body mass, and overall health condition.

Vivitrol: A Closer Look at Its Mechanism of Action

Vivitrol works by attaching to opioid receptors in the brain, thus blocking the effects of opioids and alcohol. By preventing these substances from delivering their usual high or sense of relief, Vivitrol essentially eliminates the reward or pleasure associated with their use. This mechanism significantly reduces cravings and the risk of relapse.

However, it’s critical to remember that Vivitrol is not a cure for addiction. It is a tool that aids in recovery when used in conjunction with comprehensive treatment plans, including therapy and counseling sessions. At Landmark Recovery, we offer these holistic services to address not only the physical aspects of addiction but also the psychological, social, and emotional components.

Why Duration Matters

Understanding the duration of Vivitrol’s effectiveness is crucial for several reasons. First, it determines the timing for the next injection. Consistency in receiving Vivitrol shots as scheduled is vital in maintaining its protective barrier against opioids and alcohol. Missing a dose or delaying treatment could expose the patient to potential relapses.

Second, knowing the duration helps to manage expectations about recovery. Some patients may experience a decrease in drug cravings within the first few weeks of Vivitrol treatment, while others may need a longer duration to notice significant changes.

Lastly, a clear understanding of Vivitrol’s duration can contribute to effective communication between patients, their families, and healthcare providers. It sets the ground for creating a personalized and effective treatment plan.

Navigating Potential Side Effects

Like all medications, Vivitrol can have potential side effects, including nausea, headaches, dizziness, and tiredness. However, these side effects are usually mild and temporary. If you experience persistent or severe side effects, it’s crucial to contact your healthcare provider immediately. At Landmark Recovery, our team is always available to provide support and answer any questions you may have.

Let Landmark Recovery Guide You

At Landmark Recovery, we understand that dealing with addiction is not easy. However, we firmly believe in the potential of treatments like Vivitrol to aid in long-lasting recovery when paired with a robust treatment plan.

If you or a loved one is grappling with addiction and is interested in learning more about Vivitrol, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Our team of dedicated professionals is ready to provide the necessary guidance and support in your journey to recovery.

Don’t let addiction control your life. Find out more about how Landmark Recovery can help. Call us today at 888-448-0302. We’re here to help, 24/7.

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About the Author

Will Long

Will Long

A graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, Long has been a writer for Landmark Recovery since 2021. He specializes in research and writing about substance abuse from a scientific and social perspective. Unearthing information from underexplored, far-flung corners of the Internet, Long’s passion is finding emerging trends in substance use and treatment that the public should know about.