What is Vivitrol?

Vivitrol is prescription medication that is given as an injection by a healthcare provider, once a month or every 4 weeks. It is the most effective medication currently used for alcoholism treatment.

INSynergy is an approved provider of Vivitrol, and we serve clients based in St. Louis, MO.

Vivitrol is an injectable time released form of naltrexone that is taken once a month. Vivitrol acts on the brain’s receptors for pleasure, blocking the receptor’s ability to gain any reaction from chemicals such as alcohol. This is theorized to reduce an alcoholic’s craving for alcohol by slowly releasing the drug over the course of a month. Vivitrol is in the Opioid family of drugs, so a patient should not take any opioid (legal or illegal) with Vivitrol. Vivitrol alone can’t cure a person of alcoholism. It’s meant to be used as part of a multi-layered treatment plan, including counseling, regular exercise and perhaps other psychotropic medications to help regulate mood or reduce impulsivity.

Counseling plus anti-craving medications (such as Naltrexone) is the most effective treatment available today. Competent, professional, one-to-one counseling that will free you from the problems causing your drinking. Anti-craving medications will allow you to focus on your issues, free from cravings for the first time in years.

INSynergy provides monthly Vivitrol injections for those patients unable to receive this medication through their local physician. The staff psychiatrist will review your appropriateness for the medication, consult with your family physician and sign off on your suitability for the medication. The staff nurse will administer the medication and other medical staff will review possible side effects. All patients are encouraged to report any side effects to our staff MD.