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Naltrexone for Alcohol Use Disorder

2024-02-26T09:36:44-05:00February 26, 2024|Alcohol Recovery, MAT (Medication Assisted Treatment)|

Naltrexone, also known as Vivitrol, is a medication that falls under the category of drugs known as opioid antagonists. It works in the brain to prevent opioid effects (e.g., feelings of well-being, pain relief) and the desire to take opioids.  You’re probably wondering how a drug that counters the effects of opioids could be helpful for alcohol use disorder (AUD). This Innovo Detox article explains what naltrexone is, how it works, and why it’s a useful tool for overcoming alcohol addiction.  How Does Naltrexone Work in the Body? Naltrexone, AKA Vivitrol, is a powerful tool in the battle against alcohol addiction. To understand how it works, it's helpful first to understand more about how the brain works. Addiction begins in [...]

Common Medications Used in a Drug and Alcohol Detox

2024-01-17T17:37:38-05:00January 16, 2024|MAT (Medication Assisted Treatment)|

Individuals suffering from addiction are often fearful of entering detox due to the typical discomfort associated with withdrawals from drugs and alcohol. While withdrawal symptoms are often considered physical, many substances also can be associated with difficult mental health and psychiatric issues during withdrawal. Fortunately, there are many FDA-approved medications that are safe and effective in getting people detoxed and through withdrawals in a comfortable way. Each individual who enters detox, depending on their medical history and what substances they are using, will be seen, assessed, and evaluated by a doctor and then put on a clinically appropriate detox protocol of medications that will help treat their symptoms. Every patient should also be evaluated by a psychiatrist, who can make [...]

Which Alcohol Detox Medications Do Rehabs Use?

2023-10-30T22:52:48-04:00September 26, 2023|MAT (Medication Assisted Treatment)|

Withdrawal discomfort is one of the most common concerns people with drinking problems have when it comes to alcohol detox. Which alcohol detox medications do alcohol detox centers and rehabs use? How do these medicines help relieve alcohol withdrawal symptoms and cravings? This Innovo Detox article holds the answers to these questions and more.  Alcohol Addiction is Not Your Fault–But It Is Your Responsibility Most people with an alcohol use disorder make many attempts at controlling their drinking before they finally accept help. Alcohol addiction is not a problem of willpower or discipline. That is a common misconception. Alcoholism is a disease of the mind. In fact, the disease model of alcoholism was endorsed by the American Medical Association all [...]

MAT and Detox: How Medication Assisted Treatment Can Play a Role in the Addiction Detox Process

2020-09-09T19:39:14-04:00August 10, 2020|Detox, MAT (Medication Assisted Treatment)|

Far too often there is a disconnect in opinions regarding addiction. As a chronic illness, there is no question that to overcome addiction, individuals that suffer from substance use disorder require long-term treatment, monitoring, and recovery support. However, the approaches that are taken to treat addiction can unfortunately vary.   Often on one side are those that believe recovery from addiction equates to sobriety and only sobriety, where an individual must learn to live a life completely free of substances. Often on the other side is the outcry for Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), the use of medications to support recovery. This is often discussed in relation to opioids, opioid use disorder and opioid addiction and involves specifically medications like methadone, [...]

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