Many different medications have been approved to help people stop drinking or using certain drugs and they're very effective as long as they're combined with other important forms of treatment and support. Taking medications that help to reduce cravings and other symptoms of withdrawal doesn't effectively help a person overcome their addiction unless they receive additional treatment to address the impact substance abuse has had on their life.
People in recovery also need to learn how to manage life on a daily basis without turning to drugs and alcohol in order to avoid a relapse.
Addiction recovery programs that provide medications during treatment also provide counseling and effective forms of behavioral therapies because addressing all areas of a person's life is critical in terms of overall recovery. Just treating the symptoms of addiction with medication does nothing in terms of healing and recovery.
Alcoholism and Narcotic Addiction
Alcohol addiction and narcotic addiction, 2 medications are effective in treating both. Some medications effectively help more than one type of substance abuse disorder such as alcohol dependence and narcotic drug addiction. Vivitrol and Revia are both medications that block the effects of alcohol and opioids and can be used in addition to other forms of treatment but it's important they're used correctly. Some medications can have dangerous interactions when combined with alcohol or other drugs.
Vivitrol is the brand name for Naltrexone which is a medication that helps people avoid drinking once they have stopped. If a person continues to drink, use narcotic drugs or even use certain medications that can be obtained over the counter while taking Vivitrol, they risk very serious complications including death.
Vivitrol is a medication that's injected into the muscle by a medical professional once every four weeks. As long as a person is receiving additional counseling and behavioral therapy and they're not using alcohol, narcotics or other drugs, this form of treatment can be very effective. Some people may not be able to take Vivitrol if they're allergic to naltrexone or other medications or if they suffer from kidney disease, liver disease, or hemophilia.
Vivitrol shouldn't be taken if a person has consumed alcohol or used narcotic drugs at any time during the past seven to ten days or if they're still experiencing withdrawal symptoms from either of the two. Some over the counter medications and prescription drugs have to be taken into consideration as well and shouldn't be used while taking Vivitrol because they contain alcohol and narcotics. Some cold medications, cough medications, medications that treat diarrhea and pain medications may contain these ingredients so always consult with your doctor first.
Revia is another brand name for Naltrexone which is used for treating opioid addiction and alcohol dependence in adults. Revia by itself helps to block the effects of narcotic pain medications and heroin but also helps to reduce alcohol cravings. It's important to receive additional treatment and therapy while taking Revia in order to overcome alcohol dependence or narcotic addiction successfully.
Revia cannot be taken if a person is experiencing narcotic withdrawal symptoms or if they're still dependent on them. It's important to understand that Revia cannot be taken if a person is taking codeine or other narcotic pain medications which includes methadone. There cannot be any opioids in a person's system if they're going to take Revia. People that have hepatitis or liver failure cannot take Revia either.
Not everyone is a candidate for using Revia as part of their treatment program for alcoholism or narcotic drugs addiction and those that are, have to be free of opioids in their system for at least seven to ten days before they can start using the medication. Certain drugs both prescription and over the counter medications can't be combined with Revia so always consult your treatment provider before taking any medication, herbal preparations or even dietary supplements first.