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Vivitrol is not “replacing a drug with a drug”

For Alexa Morgenroth, Vivitrol worked when nothing else had, after her multiple attempts to recover from drug and alcohol addiction were met with failure. Gabriel, who recovered from his addiction to heroin, also owes his life to Vivitrol, after having survived drug overdoses and a potentially fatal car crash. Vivitrol, an injectable form of Naltrexone, is a non-narcotic medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat opioid and alcohol dependence. Unlike methadone and Suboxone, which is widely used by many addiction treatment providers for substance abuse, Vivitrol is non-addictive and does not have any withdrawal symptoms. Compared to other medications for opioid dependence, Vivitrol has been shown to increase chances for long-term recovery and is conveniently administered once a month under the supervision of a licensed addiction therapist.

Why Vivitrol?

Vivitrol helps people kick their drug habit to the curb because it’s an anti-craving/blocking medication. Its non-addictive properties make it a safer choice than methadone and Suboxone because no one has to worry about a transference of addiction from one drug to another. Vivitrol allows people to experience for the first time (in probably a very long time) what life is like without drugs.

What about the withdrawal symptoms before you get on Vivitrol?

Some say that the “disadvantage” of Vivitrol is having to be completely clean of any opioids in your system before you take the injection. In other words, you have to endure at least a week of hell before you want to get well. The good news is, this does not have to be your story. At New Method Wellness, clients are given Suboxone to help reduce the symptoms of opioid withdrawal before Vivitrol is administered. Under the supervision of a licensed addiction psychiatrist, you will not have to worry about detoxing from drugs and alcohol on your own. Our clinicians and staff are there to support you every step of the way.

Addiction Psychiatry at its Best

New Method Wellness is at the forefront of current research trends in addictionology and substance abuse treatment. Ample research shows that medical professionals have received inadequate training in substance abuse care. In response to the growing demand for quality professional care for individuals with substance use disorders, New Method Wellness employs a specialized team of board-certified substance abuse counselors and licensed addiction clinicians who have received excellent education and training from distinguished institutions like Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the University of Southern California (USC). (Read more about our Wellness Team here).

Comprehensive Care You Can Trust

Based in South Orange County, New Method Wellness is a premier dual diagnosis treatment center that subscribes to the highest accreditations possible for rehabilitation centers. Services are custom-tailored for each individual, and every client is paired with two therapists to optimize long-lasting recovery with minimal relapse. On multiple occasions, New Method Wellness has been invited to appear on the Dr. Phil Show, where Dr. Phil has publicly recommended New Method Wellness for their holistic approach to substance abuse treatment. Coming soon, A & E Intervention will also feature New Method Wellness on one of their episodes in 2018.

For more information about New Method Wellness’s programs, call 866.951.1824 today!

It’s Time For A New Method


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