Vivitrol Injection Services for Alcohol and Opioid Addiction Are Now Offered at AspenRidge Recovery Fort Collins

We are very excited to announce that we now provide Vivitrol shots at AspenRidge Recovery Fort Collins. The Food and Drugs Administration approved a Vivitrol injection for treating alcoholism and for opiate addiction. The drug is one of the safest medication assisted treatments (MAT) available right now. If you’re struggling with an addiction, this treatment may be the solution to your problems. A Vivitrol shot may help you recover and finally get sober.

What Is a Vivitrol Shot?

medical professional preparing a vivitrol shot for a vivitrol injection during treatment Vivitrol is an opiate blocker shot. This medication attaches to opioid receptors in the brain. It prevents opioids from having an effect on your body even if it is abused or misused. This medication is administered through an intramuscular injection. The shot is usually injected into the buttocks.

The active compound is naltrexone. Naltrexone can also be given as a pill for alcohol addiction or opiate addiction. It is not as favorable as Vivitrol injections, as it’s not as effective.

Vivitrol shots can only be administered once you’ve been off of alcohol or opioids for at least 7 to 10 days. This means that you’ll have to go through the entire detoxification process first. You’ll have to stop drinking and stop taking any opioids. This includes opioids used in addiction treatment.

Once you’ve gone through the detoxification process, one of our doctors will assess your condition and situation. If we feel that you’re a good candidate for Vivitrol, we’ll prescribe this non-narcotic shot. Patients need to get a shot once a month.

Vivitrol is non-addictive, so you won’t develop a physical dependence on the medication. It’s easy to stop using this drug, and quitting won’t cause any unwanted withdrawal symptoms.


“The shots are most effective if taken on a strict schedule. The medication has extended-release compounds. The ingredients work throughout the month to keep you on track.”


For optimal effectiveness, this medication is often paired with therapy or counseling. They treat the psychological symptoms. Popular treatments include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and one-on-one counseling.


What to Expect After Getting a Vivitrol Shot

Vivitrol works right away. The medication is injected intramuscularly. Cravings will then disappear within 30 minutes according to the Vivitrol wiki page. This makes it much easier to focus on recovery.

Pair this medication with counseling and therapy sessions. The sessions will help to identify triggers and build better habits. The effects of this medication should last the entire month. The active ingredient, naltrexone, has a half-life of 5 to 10 days.

Once the injections kick in, the treatment obstructs the areas of the brain responsible for pleasure and reward. Alcohol and opiate drugs will no longer have an effect. The excessive release of dopamine in the brain will also be prevented. This helps to reduce cravings.


Dangers of Drinking or Taking Opioids with Vivitrol

It’s dangerous to take opioids or drink alcohol when Vivitrol is in your system. This is because your body becomes a lot more sensitive to these substances. After all, Vivitrol is an opiate blocker. It prevents any chemicals from attaching to the opioid receptors. This blocks the release of dopamine and other neurotransmitters.

If you try to take opioids or drink alcohol, you won’t feel any effect from the substances. Consuming alcohol will still make you feel drunk, although you may not experience any other side effects. If you take opioids, you won’t experience a ‘high’. This means that you might feel tempted to take larger and larger doses. This also means that you may be more likely to overdose. Fatal overdoses become much more common with opioid misuse and abuse.

The Effectiveness of the Treatment

The growing popularity of Vivitrol is attributed to its success. Success rates have varied with each study although the results are positive.

One study showed that 74% of patients who took Vivitrol submitted urine samples for opioids when tested at the 24-week mark. Many patients recover, and never look back. They continue leading healthy and fulfilling lives.

The effectiveness of naltrexone has been confirmed by many other studies. These other studies have shown that:

  • 55% of patients experienced a decrease in opioid cravings
  • Patients were opioid-free 90% of the time
  • Patients were 17 times less likely to suffer from relapses caused by physical opioid dependence


Many studies also claim that patients who took Vivitrol were more likely to remain in treatment for a longer amount of time. Those who stay in treatment for longer are more likely to recover. They are less likely to relapse, and are also less likely to succumb to triggers again. These patients receive more support. They also learn how to manage poor habits better. Eventually, they build healthier ones.


Comparison of Vivitrol vs. Suboxone

Vivitrol is similar to other medications used in Opiate Replacement Therapy (ORT). Other popular options include Suboxone and methadone. Each medication works in a different way, although it targets the same receptors. In most cases, these medications target the dopaminergic mesolimbic pathway. Dopamine is the primary neurotransmitter in this pathway.

Many experts now debate which of these medications are most effective. There are a lot of differing opinions, and many studies have received varied results. While the outcomes vary bit, the same conclusion can be derived from the studies. Vivitrol is an effective addiction treatment.

One study compared the effectiveness of Suboxone with Vivitrol. In this study, 56% of those who took Suboxone relapsed. In comparison, only 52% of those who received Vivitrol relapsed. This shows that Vivitrol is just as effective as every other medication used for alcohol and opiate addiction.

With that said, it’s easier to start Suboxone treatment rather than Vivitrol treatment. Patients can start Suboxone treatment immediately once they enter the rehab facility. On the other hand, patients have to fully detox before they can start Vivitrol treatment. Even though patients must go through detox, this medication is perfect for patients who do not have time to pick up prescriptions all the time.

Each treatment type has its pros and cons. There are plenty of benefits involved with choosing Vivitrol. Many patients can attest to this fact. Check Vivitrol reviews to see what other patients have thought of this treatment.

Common Side Effects of a Vivitrol Injection

Side effects from taking Vivitrol are rare. This is one of the reasons why this medication has gained popularity over the years. In comparison to some other medications used for addiction treatment, Vivitrol is one of the safest medications out there. With that said, some patients may experience temporary adverse side effects like:

  • Anxiety
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea

These side effects should subside with time. Many will even get better or become less severe with each Vivitrol shot. There are some serious side effects to be wary of. These include:

  • Depression
  • Fast/irregular heartbeat
  • Pneumonia
  • Shortness of breath
  • Suicidal thoughts

If you experience any serious side effect, contact your doctor right away. Your healthcare providers will figure out whether you should still continue treatment. If serious side effects persist, you may need to stop treatment.


Vivitrol Injection Site Reactions

Some patients may also experience injection site reactions. Once again, this doesn’t happen very often. Most patients won’t experience any adverse effects to this treatment at all. Some of the more common injection site reactions that can happen include:

  • Blisters
  • Intense pain
  • Lumps
  • Scabbing
  • Swelling

It’s also not unusual for the injection site to become damaged, and look like an open wound. The swelling may also cause the injection site to harden up. In worst-case scenarios, Vivitrol shots can cause tissue death. If any of these Vivitrol side effects happen, contact your doctor immediately.


Sudden Opioid Withdrawal

Another potential side effect of a Vivitrol shot is sudden opioid withdrawal. This side effect happens when Vivitrol shots are administered before the opioids and alcohol have a chance to completely leave the body. Symptoms of sudden opioid withdrawal include:

  • Anxiety
  • Diarrhea
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Mood swings
  • Visual hallucinations
  • Vomiting

Sudden opioid withdrawal can be deadly. This is why this medication is offered directly at addiction treatment facilities. Addiction treatment facilities, like AspenRidge Recovery Fort Collins, can provide a safe environment. Around-the-clock supervision from medical staff ensures that patients are properly cared for.

Cost of Naltrexone Shots

Vivitrol injections are one of the most expensive opioid addiction medications. You should expect to pay around $1,100 a month, give or take several hundred dollars, for each Vivitrol shot. This generally doesn’t include the administration fee or the facility fee. The total cost will vary depending on your state and city. It’ll also depend on the type of addiction treatment that you opt for.

Many health insurance companies will cover a considerable amount of the bill. We can verify your insurance information to determine whether you’re covered. Our verification process will help us determine the level of care that you qualify for. Also, our staff will handle all the paperwork, so you can focus on your recovery.


Vivitrol Co-Pay Savings Program

If you don’t have any health insurance, you may need to cover all the expenses yourself. Still, there are many ways that you can lessen the financial burden. Vivitrol offers a co-pay savings program that covers up to $500 a month for eligible applicants.

The program covers prescriptions for opioid or alcohol dependence. Eligible applicants also meet the following requirements:

  • Are over 18 years of age
  • Have commercial health insurance
  • Have no insurance or elect not to use insurance


There are also many other saving programs that can help pay for the injections. Patients can also rely on federal or state healthcare programs to pay for their Vivitrol prescription. Some popular programs include Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans Administration, TriCare® and Medigap. State-funded programs, like pharmaceutical assistance programs, can also help pay for the injections.

How Can I Get the Help I Need if I’m an Addict in Windsor, CO?

Have an interest in a Vivitrol shot to help treat your addiction, don’t hesitate to reach out to our staff. We will assess your situation and condition to figure out what your options for recovery may be. Our doctors will determine whether a Vivitrol shot is a good option for your situation, and make a note of your interest. If Vivitrol injection is appropriate for your addiction, we’ll prioritize this treatment.

If you’re addicted to alcohol or opiates, it’s time to take the first step. Recovery is just around the corner, and we’re here to help make sure that you succeed. Even if Vivitrol injection is suitable for your situation, it will only be one part of your addiction treatment plan. Your plan will address your needs, so you can lead a more fulfilling and healthier life. The time to contact AspenRidge Recovery Fort Collins is now. Call today at (866) 957-6941 to begin the admissions process. We will also help with the insurance verification process. 


Our admissions coordinators are here to help you begin with treatment the right way. They’ll verify your health insurance, help set up travel arrangements, and make sure your transition into treatment is smooth and hassle-free.