Northpoint Evergreen Offers Vivitrol Program for Opioid or Alcohol Addiction
Northpoint Evergreen, a company based in Seattle, WA, has announced their Vivitrol® program for treating addiction to opioids or alcohol. Vivitrol, with generic name naltrexone, is a medication that has been found to decrease cravings and prevent opiates from working in the body on a molecular level. It is able to do that by effectively blocking the opioid receptors in the body, thus preventing the opiate or alcohol from getting through. This prevents the patient from getting the pleasurable effects from opioids or alcohol.
The treatment provider states they are excited to announce the Vivitrol program for all qualified patients. Instead of Vivitrol being provided in the form of a pill, it is an injection that has to be taken once every 28 days. Instead of a daily dose, it is only administered once a month, which makes it much easier to use and eliminates the risk of missing a dose. Missing a dose is a common mistake that can result into a full-blown relapse.
Nevertheless, Vivitrol is not designed to be the sole component of a recovery program. In order for patients to maximize its benefits, they will have to comply with many other parts of their recovery plan, such as keeping in contact with their addiction professionals and sponsors, attending support meetings, and completing their detox and rehabilitation programs. Vivitrol is only available through prescription. It has to be prescribed by a doctor and administered by a nurse.
A six-month study on the impact of Vivitrol on alcohol addiction had shown that there was a 25 percent decrease in heavy drinking days. And when it was combined with counseling, the results were even more dramatic if the patients abstained from alcohol totally one week before their treatment. Patients in the study experienced substantially fewer drinking days, 92 percent fewer heavy drinking days, more abstinent days each month, and more success in keeping abstinent continuously.
A six-month study that was conducted on the effects of Vivitrol on opioid addiction also showed significant benefits, especially for those who were given Vivitrol in combination with counseling. Results of the study revealed that the percentage of weeks of confirmed abstinence was 90 percent for Vivitrol and only 35 percent for the placebo group. The Vivitrol group also reported a 55 percent reduction in cravings while there was a 3 percent increase in the control group. The self-reported median of opioid-free days was 99.2 percent for the Vivitrol group and only 60.4 percent for the control group. And the Vivitrol group was found to be 17 times less likely to relapse, in comparison with the placebo group.
Vivitrol is only available through injection and users will need to undergo the detoxification process first before they can start getting treated with it. This may take around seven to 14 days. And patients will need to consult with their medical doctor regarding their treatment options. The doctor will determine if Vivitrol is appropriate for the patient and then prescribe it. Patients will need to take extra care in strictly following the schedule of treatment. It is vital that they will always be able to make their scheduled injections every 28 days.
In addition, it is important for the patient to also undergo therapy while getting treated with Vivitrol. Many providers will not actually prescribe the medication without a recovery program to go with it. While the physical cravings and withdrawals are addressed by Vivitrol, it is also essential to find out the root cause of the addiction. Only if the root cause of the problem has been identified and the appropriate solution provided will the addiction problem be solved and the behavior changed.
Those who are interested in knowing more about the Vivitrol program and the addiction treatment services provided by Northpoint Evergreen may want to check out their website, or contact them on the phone or through email. They can be contacted by phone from 6:30 am to 12 midnight, but admissions are 24/7.
For more information about Northpoint Evergreen, contact the company here:
2111 North Northgate Way Suite 101
Seattle, WA 98133