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VIVITROL for Alcoholism at Searidge Foundation

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VIVITROL is a prescription medication administered to individuals experiencing an alcohol use disorder. It is an opioid antagonist and is administered intramuscularly by healthcare professionals. The drug attaches to opioid receptors in the brain curtailing the craving for alcohol. Unlike most opioids, VIVITROL does not promote the release of dopamine. In turn, this use does not lead to physical dependence. It is compulsory that patients be opioid-free for a minimum of 1-2 weeks before beginning VIVITROL.

VIVITROL at Searidge Foundation

Searidge Foundation is equipped with the necessary health care practitioners and licensing to provide its patients with VIVITROL. In fact, Searidge Foundation is one of the only institutes in Canada that can offer its patients VIVITROL. If you are struggling with alcoholism, you may be eligible to receive monthly VIVITROL injections in conjunction with counseling. Please speak to one of our advisors to learn more about VIVITROL and how you may qualify.

How Do I Know if VIVITROL is Right for Me?

In a recent experiment, researchers found that 205 patients treated with VIVITROL and counseling demonstrated a 25% greater reduction in the number of heavy drinking days than the 209 patients who received a placebo of VIVITROL. Further, individuals who abstained from drinking alcohol completely one week prior to receiving their first dose of VIVITROL experienced 92% fewer days of heavier drinking. This was in conjunction with counseling.

Like all treatments, there are side effects associated with VIVITROL. In some individuals, it may lead to severe reactions at the site of injection, resulting in tissue death. Some individuals have had to have reparative surgery. Further, VIVITROL may lead to sudden opioid withdrawal or liver damage. Ultimately, it is important to speak to your healthcare provider about VIVITROL. As a patient of the Searidge Foundation, you will have access to highly qualified and knowledgeable practitioners who can help you decide whether VIVITROL is right for you or your loved one. Contact us at 1-888-777-9972 to begin recovery today.

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