Of the many FDA-approved Medication-Assisted Treatment options, here at Maryland Addiction Recovery Center, the preferred options by our staff are:
Naltrexone XR (Vivitrol)
Vivitrol, the active ingredient in naltrexone, is effective for detox due to its ability to block the chemical responses that make taking opioids pleasurable. It’s non-addictive, so there is no risk of abuse. The goal of Vivitrol assisted MAT is to help the patient get over the initial hardships of detox and into long term, abstinence-based recovery.
Vivitrol is injected and remains in the patient’s body for about 30 days. The effects are almost immediate.
We utilize Suboxone as a medication to aid with a detoxification taper for those patients utilizing our ambulatory detox services in the local community or we continue the use of the medication for patients in the extended care community living program when coming from a residential program when the medical team at that facility indicates that a longer titration period is clinically necessary.