Thursday, July 6, 2017

What is Vivitrol?
What Is Vivitrol?
Heroin and other opioids are ravaging communities across America. Deaths from heroin increased 328% between 2010 and 2015.

The abuse of prescription painkillers and heroin (opioids) can create brain changes that lead to addiction. One way to treat opioid addiction is with Naltrexone (which goes by the brand name Vivitrol), a type of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) which is an injection administered by a physician or another medical provider once a month.

The heroin epidemic has gotten outrageous,” says Dr. Alicia Murray, Board Certified Psychiatrist & Board Certified Addiction Psychiatrist. “We all think, ‘Why can’t these people/these patients just stop?’ and it’s not like that,” explains Dr. Murray. “They’re not the same person once they become dependent on drugs. They’re a different person. They can’t get to those same skills that they once could get to. Because their brain is now rewired. It’s only thinking about the drug.”
Learn more about Vivitrol & other types of MAT

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