Suboxone and Vivitrol Treatment Can Help Overcome Opioid Addiction
Opioids are quickly becoming one of the leading causes of death in the United States, with around 115 Americans die from an opioid overdose or opioid-related organ failure each day. Those who survive an overdose may wind up with lasting health problems, including brain damage, liver or kidney damage, or a wide range of blood-borne diseases (including HIV and hepatitis).
But opioid addiction essentially rewires the brain to create a physical and mental dependence on the drug, and overcoming this addiction requires far more than mere willpower. Suboxone treatment at Next Level Recovery in Utah can help. Read on to learn more about how suboxone and Vivitrol can assist you or a loved one in overcoming opioid addiction by lessening the symptoms of withdrawal.
What is Suboxone and What is Suboxone Used For?
Many who are battling opioid addiction have gotten a taste of the withdrawal process already. Once you’ve developed a physical dependence on this drug, going sober for even a few hours can lead to cold sweats, crippling nausea and vomiting, a racing heartbeat, and other serious symptoms. Because of this, many are afraid to seek treatment for opioid addiction for fear the withdrawal process will be too much to bear. Often, long-term opioid users no longer seek these drugs to get “high,” but just to maintain some semblance of functionality.
Suboxone is a drug that mimics the effect of opioids on the brain without producing the physiological high associated with heroin, fentanyl, and other common opioids. It can help those who are struggling with addiction to reduce or even eliminate any sign of withdrawal symptoms while simultaneously kicking their physical and emotional dependence on drugs.
How Suboxone Detox Treatment Works
When you receive suboxone detox treatment at our recovery center in Utah, you’ll go through a screening questionnaire and a brief medical evaluation. This process ensures that you’re committed to recovery and gives treatment providers a heads-up as to any medical conditions that could complicate the process. By learning more about the frequency with which you use opioids and the amount you typically consume, treatment providers can get a better idea of the suboxone dosage that’s needed to keep withdrawal symptoms at bay.
Once you’ve taken your first dose of suboxone, you may feel more mentally and physically functional than you have in years. This medication is less likely than other opiates to cloud your thinking or send you into a stupor, which can give you the opportunity to participate in counseling and intensive therapy designed to get at the root of your addiction. Over time, your suboxone dose may be adjusted to help you maintain stability, and eventually, you may even be able to wean yourself off this medication entirely with no ill effects.
What is Vivitrol?
Vivitrol, the brand name for the drug naltrexone, can be used to help you overcome the physiological grip of opioids and avoid relapse after you’ve achieved sobriety. Like Suboxone, this medication blocks the opioid receptors in the brain, preventing the “high” users can get through opioids while also helping avoid the onset of withdrawal symptoms.
When used as directed, clinical studies have found that Vivitrol users have 90 percent opioid-free weeks, compared to only 35 percent of placebo users. Vivitrol users are also 17 times less likely to relapse to physical dependence and consistently stay in treatment longer than placebo users.
How Vivitrol Treatment Works
Unlike suboxone, which needs to be taken on a consistent basis to maintain its effectiveness, Vivitrol is taken only once per month. This can be a significant benefit to patients who aren’t able to pursue inpatient treatment for any number of reasons. Vivitrol detox treatment is also most effective when it’s used in conjunction with counseling.
Overcome Addiction with Suboxone and Vivitrol Treatment at Our Recovery Center in SLC, Utah
If you or a loved one is struggling with opioid addiction and need compassionate, respectful support, Next Level Recovery can help. Give us a call at (801) 386-9799 to schedule your free assessment and learn how Vivitrol is used in a detox center in Utah. If you do decide to pursue treatment with us, we offer flexible financing options to ensure that financial concerns won’t be a roadblock to a healthy, sober lifestyle.