Medication-assisted treatment for addiction recovery
As another tool to help patients maintain their sobriety, Marworth offers medication-assisted treatment when appropriate. Medication-assisted treatment is especially helpful for those in recovery from heroin or opioid prescription medications, and is considered to be the standard of care in combination with psychosocial treatment.
At Marworth, we administer and provide prescriptions for naltrexone (brand name Vivitrol) because it is FDA-approved, non-mood altering and does not have abuse potential. If someone relapses on heroin or opioids while taking naltrexone, he or she would not experience a euphoric effect or respiratory arrest. Also, naltrexone is most easily and safely started in a residential rehabilitation setting like Marworth. Although there are other medications on the market that are used for addiction recovery, such as buprenorphine and methadone, naltrexone is the only prescription we offer for medication assisted treatment at Marworth.
Naltrexone is only effective if used while following a comprehensive 12-Step addiction treatment program. At Marworth, we spend time educating patients about craving and relapse prevention. We encourage them to seek additional help if they do relapse.
As with any medication, naltrexone is not right for everyone, so the medical team at Marworth follows evidence-based guidelines and works with each patient individually to determine if medication assisted treatment is appropriate.