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Vivitrol, an injectable medication used to fight alcohol dependence, now available at Roger Williams

Patients at Roger Williams Medical Center who are seeking assistance for alcohol dependence now have another option at their disposal: Vivitrol, a once-monthly injectable medication used in conjunction with psychosocial support to fight alcohol use disorders.

Vivitrol is a non-addictive monthly injection, proven to decrease and prevent potential relapse in some alcohol and opioid dependent patients when used with counseling following detoxification. While Vivitrol has also been effective for patients addicted to opiates, it will be used initially at Roger Williams’ Addiction Services Center only for those with alcohol dependence. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration in April 2006, Vivitrol is an injectable version of an oral medication -- Naltrexone -- which has been used for more than a decade.

“Vivitrol works by blocking the effects of opioids and alcohol in the brain, and reducing cravings in most cases,” said Dr. Alex Etienne, Medical Director.  “Effective Medication Assisted Treatment programs should provide both counseling support and medication. Vivitrol gives our physicians and patients a larger menu of medications to choose from."

At the Addiction Services Center at Roger Williams, patients considering Vivitrol will start with an intake with a clinician for an overall clinical assessment and treatment planning recommendations.  Patients will complete lab work, meet with our physician for screening and ongoing monitoring, and work with our case manager to complete necessary insurance and prescription paperwork.

If you think you may be a candidate for Vivitrol, please call our Addiction Services Center at (401) 456-2362.

The Addiction Services Center is located on the Roger Williams Medical Center campus at 877 Chalkstone Ave. in Providence. Our integrated outpatient program is designed for people who need a structured support system to achieve early recovery from addiction. The Addiction Services Center is staffed by a multi-disciplinary treatment team including physicians, nurses, and clinicians. We offer a full continuum of services including comprehensive assessment and evaluation, a Partial Hospitalization Program, an Intensive Outpatient Program, individual counseling, an early recovery group, medication assisted treatment, and case management.