Vivitrol Program Information

What is Vivitrol?

Vivitrol is a long-acting, injectable form of naltrexone.  Naltrexone is an opioid antagonist that is frequently prescribed to help dampen cravings in people who are physically dependent on opioids or alcohol.  It is a relatively safe and moderately effective medication that’s been around for decades.

How Does It Work?

Once Vivitrol is injected, it remains in the body for up to 30 days.  A patient cannot opt to take a day or two off and use opiates or alcohol instead.

The goal is to help highly motivated patients get through the early recovery cravings until they have stabilized their lives.  Most people remain on Vivitrol for 6-12 months.

Vivitrol blocks opiate receptors, rather than partially activating them.  For that reason, it is not effective in controlling withdrawal symptoms and will precipitate an unpleasant rapid withdrawal, similar to Narcan.

Vivitrol is not a replacement therapy, unlike methadone or buprenorphine (Suboxone).


Vivitrol candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Opiate free for a minimum of 10 days
  • Cleared by one of our own prescribers
  • Engaged in Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP) level of care, willing to become engaged in IOP, or recently completed IOP
  • Must be willing to undergo intramuscular injections every 30 days
  • Highly motivated
  • A stable living environment

MCCA is launching the Vivitrol Program at the our Danburby Outpatient site at 38 Old Ridgebury Road.  Appropriate patients from all MCCA locations will be considered, but they must be able to commit to getting themselves to Danbury at least once per month for the injections.

For more information, call: 877-874-6222

Carrie’s Story:
Mother, Counselor, and a Recovering Opioid Addict

Carrie is a 31-year-old mother of four and a recovering opioid addict. Watch her story to learn how she used VIVITROL along with a drug counseling program to help her with her recovery process.


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