- Vivitrol is a long-acting formulation of a currently approved drug, Naltrexone
- Naltrexone is a non-addictive, non-aversive agent that binds to opioid receptors in the brain. In people with alcohol dependence, is believed that this blockage diminishes craving for alcohol and leads to a greater ability to resist urges to excessively drink.
- Vivitrol is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and may be a useful part of the treatment plan for some individuals with alcohol or opioid use disorder.
Alcohol Abuse | Family History and Genetics
First, there are many indications that there is a strong genetic predisposition for the disease of alcohol dependence and abuse. Consequently, when evaluating and assessing a patient’s treatment needs, we often find a history of alcohol or drug abuse on either the paternal or maternal side of the patient’s family tree, or sometimes both sides of the family.
Alcoholism & Mental Health
There also may be a history of mental illness. This is important because about seventy-five percent of the patients we see have a dual diagnosis.
Continued use of alcohol can lead to a physical and psychological dependence. Most of the patients we see have had negative consequences directly related to their drinking. These include legal problems, family problems, and employment problems. Financial and health problems are commonly present as well.
Consequently, it is important that the alcoholic realizes that they have a disease.
Group, Individual, and Family Therapy to Treat Alcoholism
First, the patient must realize there is no silver bullet medication to stop the disease of alcoholism. However, medication along with the group, individual, and family therapy can help patients to experience a life of sobriety and to learn tools to deal with life on life’s terms sober.
Fighting Against Relapse & Staying in Recovery
As a result over and over again, we see people get well. We see marriages heal, we see jobs restored and forgiveness and understanding returning to the individual. Finally, self-esteem begins to return.
As a result, a patient’s no longer have to be comfortable being uncomfortable in their alcoholism. Consequently, they can now live a life of sobriety where they are comfortable in their own skin.
There is a solution. You can be free of alcohol addiction!
Give us a call now if you or a loved one needs help. It can save a life.