vivitrol...does it work??

vivitrol...does it work??

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bigsteve

Salem, VA

#1 Mar 20, 2012
Anyone heard anything?
yeah

Bluefield, WV

#2 Mar 20, 2012
I'd love to know too...know it's expensive as h3ll but if I can find an insurance that covers it at work, it'll be worth it....

Level 2

Since: Aug 11

United States

#3 Mar 21, 2012
I have been doing some research on it for a friend. I haven't been able to locate any forums on it yet. Would love to hear what people who are using this drug for help with opiate addiction have to say about it. My friend is supposed to start it on Monday. The doctor is going to start her out on the pill for three days to see if she has any adverse reaction and then she will take a shot once a month.
dovah

Lubbock, TX

#4 Mar 21, 2012
Pandora1480 wrote:
I have been doing some research on it for a friend. I haven't been able to locate any forums on it yet. Would love to hear what people who are using this drug for help with opiate addiction have to say about it. My friend is supposed to start it on Monday. The doctor is going to start her out on the pill for three days to see if she has any adverse reaction and then she will take a shot once a month.
Good for your friend for choosing to try that out. From what I hear, it's supposed to COMPLETELY block you from getting any kind of "pleasure" from ANY kind of opiate. That is a very responsible decision for her to make. Hope the best for her.
dontknow

United States

#5 Mar 22, 2012
They said the same thing about methadone and suboxin. Turned out to be legal herion or close to it. Hope its not just another drug created to make the pharmaceutical companies more money, and actually be something to help addicts that are sick of being addicted.
liquiid hand cuffs

Proctorville, OH

#6 Mar 23, 2012
dontknow wrote:
They said the same thing about methadone and suboxin. Turned out to be legal herion or close to it. Hope its not just another drug created to make the pharmaceutical companies more money, and actually be something to help addicts that are sick of being addicted.
. I hear ya! Just returned from detox. Ive been on methadone x10yrs gettin off that shit was one of the hardest thing Ive ever done. Opiate addiction is no joke! I recomend u do extensive research on vivitrol before u get on it-like many people say going from pills to methadone or suboxene is like trading a monkey for an ape!
Jordyn

Huntington, WV

#7 Mar 25, 2012
I am a 20 year old female, and I had been an addict since I was 15 years old. I was doing about 600 mg of oxycodone a day & drinking very heavily just 6 months ago. I had been an addict for the past 4 1/2 years. On September 23, 2011, I finally decided that I was DONE living the life I was living. I had tried the pill form of Vivitrol, which is called Naltrexone, once before and failed. On the pill, you have to wake up & take your meds every morning.. and if you dont, well you can go get high.. So I almost feel like its pointless unless you have OUTSTANDING will power.. and as anyone knows, most addicts DONT. On Sept. 24th, I went to Logan Mingo Mental Health to explore my options for staying clean. I NEVER wanted to trade one drug for another.. & thats exactly what I feel like Suboxen & Methadone do. But with Vivitrol, the injection gives you NO side effects what so ever. It doesnt get you high, its completely non-addictive.. it makes you feel NORMAL again! All it does it completely BLOCK the effects of opiates AS WELL as alcohol. They say it curbs 95% of cravings, but being on the shot myself I would say it gets rid of ATLEAST 99% of cravings.. this shot absolutely saved my life. I wake up every morning now & can FUNCTION like a normal human being. I am now a full time student working on a Bachelors Degree, I work part-time, I live on my own again & function as a productive member of society.. and I did all of this is 6 months. PLEASE, no one mistake this treatment method as a drug that would be in the same category as suboxen or methadone because its NOT.. in my mind, it serves as a safety net.. almost like I know that even if i wanted to get high, I cant.. so theres absolutely no point in thinking about it. Vivitrol is really a God-given miracle. Most treatment programs recommend staying on it for atleast a year, but allow you to stay on it for as long as you feel comfortable (or as long as you arent sure that you can trust yourself.) Like I said, Im six months clean, so im half way through my program.. & my doctor & I have already decided that I will be staying on it for another year just to keep my mind at ease. Like I said, its completely non-addictive & completely harmless.. So you can stay on it for 20 years if you so choose, and it wont hurt you one bit. The only problem Ive encountered is that it does break my face out a little & I have sharp pains in my stomach sometimes.. but then again, I cant guarantee that the stomach pains arent due to damage from the years of extensive drug use. Regardless, I would choose a few stomach pains & some acne over walking around with "pill-cuffs" on ANY DAY. My life has done a complete 360.. & I firmly believe that if it weren't for Vivitrol I would have probably struggled considerably. But since Ive been on Vivitrol, I have NOT relapsed ONE TIME!! I WOULD recommend this to absolutely ANY addict that is ready & willing to really turn their life around. Its truly been a life saver.
Jordyn

Huntington, WV

#8 Mar 25, 2012
Oh.. I forgot to mention above that with my insurance, the co-pay is only 20 dollars a month for the injection.. HOWEVER, if you dont have very good insurance, talk to your doctor (or nurse, counselor, whoever youve discussed the Vivitrol program with) and explain how expensive its going to be for you.. if they have any, theyll give you a $0 Vivitrol co-pay card.. it pays up to a $500 co-pay each month for a year. Although mine only costs $20 a month, like i said above, Im a student.. so $20 is a lot to me. Anyways.. the lady that gives me my shot every month gave me one of the cards so I no longer have to pay for mine.. & after you give it to the pharmacy, they keep it on file for you so that when they bill your insurance, they just bill the rest to that little card & it makes it super easy.(: Hope this helps..
readabook

Huntington, WV

#9 Mar 26, 2012
dontknow wrote:
They said the same thing about methadone and suboxin. Turned out to be legal herion or close to it. Hope its not just another drug created to make the pharmaceutical companies more money, and actually be something to help addicts that are sick of being addicted.
Methadone and suboxone are NOTHING like heroin. They are certainly not legal heroin. Anytime a drug is made to help addicts somebody always makes a case that all the addicts taking it are just doing so to get high. There are plenty of regular folks out there getting a real legal high from their doctors, no one says anything about them.

Level 2

Since: Aug 11

Dublin, OH

#10 Mar 26, 2012
Jordyn wrote:
I am a 20 year old female, and I had been an addict since I was 15 years old. I was doing about 600 mg of oxycodone a day & drinking very heavily just 6 months ago. I had been an addict for the past 4 1/2 years. On September 23, 2011, I finally decided that I was DONE living the life I was living. I had tried the pill form of Vivitrol, which is called Naltrexone, once before and failed. On the pill, you have to wake up & take your meds every morning.. and if you dont, well you can go get high.. So I almost feel like its pointless unless you have OUTSTANDING will power.. and as anyone knows, most addicts DONT. On Sept. 24th, I went to Logan Mingo Mental Health to explore my options for staying clean. I NEVER wanted to trade one drug for another.. & thats exactly what I feel like Suboxen & Methadone do. But with Vivitrol, the injection gives you NO side effects what so ever. It doesnt get you high, its completely non-addictive.. it makes you feel NORMAL again! All it does it completely BLOCK the effects of opiates AS WELL as alcohol. They say it curbs 95% of cravings, but being on the shot myself I would say it gets rid of ATLEAST 99% of cravings.. this shot absolutely saved my life. I wake up every morning now & can FUNCTION like a normal human being. I am now a full time student working on a Bachelors Degree, I work part-time, I live on my own again & function as a productive member of society.. and I did all of this is 6 months. PLEASE, no one mistake this treatment method as a drug that would be in the same category as suboxen or methadone because its NOT.. in my mind, it serves as a safety net.. almost like I know that even if i wanted to get high, I cant.. so theres absolutely no point in thinking about it. Vivitrol is really a God-given miracle. Most treatment programs recommend staying on it for atleast a year, but allow you to stay on it for as long as you feel comfortable (or as long as you arent sure that you can trust yourself.) Like I said, Im six months clean, so im half way through my program.. & my doctor & I have already decided that I will be staying on it for another year just to keep my mind at ease. Like I said, its completely non-addictive & completely harmless.. So you can stay on it for 20 years if you so choose, and it wont hurt you one bit. The only problem Ive encountered is that it does break my face out a little & I have sharp pains in my stomach sometimes.. but then again, I cant guarantee that the stomach pains arent due to damage from the years of extensive drug use. Regardless, I would choose a few stomach pains & some acne over walking around with "pill-cuffs" on ANY DAY. My life has done a complete 360.. & I firmly believe that if it weren't for Vivitrol I would have probably struggled considerably. But since Ive been on Vivitrol, I have NOT relapsed ONE TIME!! I WOULD recommend this to absolutely ANY addict that is ready & willing to really turn their life around. Its truly been a life saver.
Thanks so much for the information. She is supposed to start the pill today and then of she has No bad reaction, the shot. She is nervous and I am sure the info you gave me will help her feel slot better!
wondering....

Bluefield, WV

#11 Mar 26, 2012
Jordyn wrote:
I am a 20 year old female, and I had been an addict since I was 15 years old. I was doing about 600 mg of oxycodone a day & drinking very heavily just 6 months ago. I had been an addict for the past 4 1/2 years. On September 23, 2011, I finally decided that I was DONE living the life I was living. I had tried the pill form of Vivitrol, which is called Naltrexone, once before and failed. On the pill, you have to wake up & take your meds every morning.. and if you dont, well you can go get high.. So I almost feel like its pointless unless you have OUTSTANDING will power.. and as anyone knows, most addicts DONT. On Sept. 24th, I went to Logan Mingo Mental Health to explore my options for staying clean. I NEVER wanted to trade one drug for another.. & thats exactly what I feel like Suboxen & Methadone do. But with Vivitrol, the injection gives you NO side effects what so ever. It doesnt get you high, its completely non-addictive.. it makes you feel NORMAL again! All it does it completely BLOCK the effects of opiates AS WELL as alcohol. They say it curbs 95% of cravings, but being on the shot myself I would say it gets rid of ATLEAST 99% of cravings.. this shot absolutely saved my life. I wake up every morning now & can FUNCTION like a normal human being. I am now a full time student working on a Bachelors Degree, I work part-time, I live on my own again & function as a productive member of society.. and I did all of this is 6 months. PLEASE, no one mistake this treatment method as a drug that would be in the same category as suboxen or methadone because its NOT.. in my mind, it serves as a safety net.. almost like I know that even if i wanted to get high, I cant.. so theres absolutely no point in thinking about it. Vivitrol is really a God-given miracle. Most treatment programs recommend staying on it for atleast a year, but allow you to stay on it for as long as you feel comfortable (or as long as you arent sure that you can trust yourself.) Like I said, Im six months clean, so im half way through my program.. & my doctor & I have already decided that I will be staying on it for another year just to keep my mind at ease. Like I said, its completely non-addictive & completely harmless.. So you can stay on it for 20 years if you so choose, and it wont hurt you one bit. The only problem Ive encountered is that it does break my face out a little & I have sharp pains in my stomach sometimes.. but then again, I cant guarantee that the stomach pains arent due to damage from the years of extensive drug use. Regardless, I would choose a few stomach pains & some acne over walking around with "pill-cuffs" on ANY DAY. My life has done a complete 360.. & I firmly believe that if it weren't for Vivitrol I would have probably struggled considerably. But since Ive been on Vivitrol, I have NOT relapsed ONE TIME!! I WOULD recommend this to absolutely ANY addict that is ready & willing to really turn their life around. Its truly been a life saver.
Wow I'm so glad to hear this..but what about the cost? I struggle with paying bills, raising a family & paying for $15 day treatment as it is...I'd love to try this!
wondering....

Bluefield, WV

#12 Mar 26, 2012
Jordyn wrote:
Oh.. I forgot to mention above that with my insurance, the co-pay is only 20 dollars a month for the injection.. HOWEVER, if you dont have very good insurance, talk to your doctor (or nurse, counselor, whoever youve discussed the Vivitrol program with) and explain how expensive its going to be for you.. if they have any, theyll give you a $0 Vivitrol co-pay card.. it pays up to a $500 co-pay each month for a year. Although mine only costs $20 a month, like i said above, Im a student.. so $20 is a lot to me. Anyways.. the lady that gives me my shot every month gave me one of the cards so I no longer have to pay for mine.. & after you give it to the pharmacy, they keep it on file for you so that when they bill your insurance, they just bill the rest to that little card & it makes it super easy.(: Hope this helps..
Oh...duh shoulda read along, more...
I have NO insurance...work 2 jobs with no benefits..,,I heard it was $1,200 month so even a $500 discount wouldn't make it accessible to me
considering

Lynchburg, VA

#13 Mar 28, 2012
Jordyn wrote:
I am a 20 year old female, and I had been an addict since I was 15 years old. I was doing about 600 mg of oxycodone a day & drinking very heavily just 6 months ago. I had been an addict for the past 4 1/2 years. On September 23, 2011, I finally decided that I was DONE living the life I was living. I had tried the pill form of Vivitrol, which is called Naltrexone, once before and failed. On the pill, you have to wake up & take your meds every morning.. and if you dont, well you can go get high.. So I almost feel like its pointless unless you have OUTSTANDING will power.. and as anyone knows, most addicts DONT. On Sept. 24th, I went to Logan Mingo Mental Health to explore my options for staying clean. I NEVER wanted to trade one drug for another.. & thats exactly what I feel like Suboxen & Methadone do. But with Vivitrol, the injection gives you NO side effects what so ever. It doesnt get you high, its completely non-addictive.. it makes you feel NORMAL again! All it does it completely BLOCK the effects of opiates AS WELL as alcohol. They say it curbs 95% of cravings, but being on the shot myself I would say it gets rid of ATLEAST 99% of cravings.. this shot absolutely saved my life. I wake up every morning now & can FUNCTION like a normal human being. I am now a full time student working on a Bachelors Degree, I work part-time, I live on my own again & function as a productive member of society.. and I did all of this is 6 months. PLEASE, no one mistake this treatment method as a drug that would be in the same category as suboxen or methadone because its NOT.. in my mind, it serves as a safety net.. almost like I know that even if i wanted to get high, I cant.. so theres absolutely no point in thinking about it. Vivitrol is really a God-given miracle. Most treatment programs recommend staying on it for atleast a year, but allow you to stay on it for as long as you feel comfortable (or as long as you arent sure that you can trust yourself.) Like I said, Im six months clean, so im half way through my program.. & my doctor & I have already decided that I will be staying on it for another year just to keep my mind at ease. Like I said, its completely non-addictive & completely harmless.. So you can stay on it for 20 years if you so choose, and it wont hurt you one bit. The only problem Ive encountered is that it does break my face out a little & I have sharp pains in my stomach sometimes.. but then again, I cant guarantee that the stomach pains arent due to damage from the years of extensive drug use. Regardless, I would choose a few stomach pains & some acne over walking around with "pill-cuffs" on ANY DAY. My life has done a complete 360.. & I firmly believe that if it weren't for Vivitrol I would have probably struggled considerably. But since Ive been on Vivitrol, I have NOT relapsed ONE TIME!! I WOULD recommend this to absolutely ANY addict that is ready & willing to really turn their life around. Its truly been a life saver.
First id like to congratulate u for ur success! Im VERY interested in the vivitrol. What dr. Do u go to? Do u knw if there are any in htgn or surrounding area that offer such treatment? Im ready for a change and feel as tho methadone and suboxin, u still withdraw coming off of them. Well any info u have would be helpful! Thanks.
wrong

Huntington, WV

#14 Mar 28, 2012
readabook wrote:
<quoted text>
Methadone and suboxone are NOTHING like heroin. They are certainly not legal heroin. Anytime a drug is made to help addicts somebody always makes a case that all the addicts taking it are just doing so to get high. There are plenty of regular folks out there getting a real legal high from their doctors, no one says anything about them.
ive had more than enough loved ones go to the methadone clinic to totally disagree with this statement. yes some of them were trying their hardest to beat their addiction, and then the others were only going because they could no longer afford the high by buying their drugs off the street(ie. heroin,roxy,opanah)it was cheaper for them to go to the clinic for the same high.regarless if it was one that was trying to get off the drugs or just going to get a cheaper buzz the effects were still the same....the same buzz as before just at a more affordable price
VizioGirl

Bluefield, WV

#15 Mar 28, 2012
wrong wrote:
<quoted text>ive had more than enough loved ones go to the methadone clinic to totally disagree with this statement. yes some of them were trying their hardest to beat their addiction, and then the others were only going because they could no longer afford the high by buying their drugs off the street(ie. heroin,roxy,opanah)it was cheaper for them to go to the clinic for the same high.regarless if it was one that was trying to get off the drugs or just going to get a cheaper buzz the effects were still the same....the same buzz as before just at a more affordable price
I go there...your "loved ones" apparently had no desire to get sober & live a new life....so no, it won't work.
Most of us do. Only been there months already lowering my dose & going to counseling & NA meetings & able to feel normal again. I had to learn how to 'feel' feelings & live life, I couldn't had done without the help of the clinic.
Don't bash it for those of us that use it the right way
Jordyn

Huntington, WV

#16 Mar 28, 2012
[QUOTE who="wondering...."] <quoted text>
Oh...duh shoulda read along, more...
I have NO insurance...work 2 jobs with no benefits..,,I heard it was $1,200 month so even a $500 discount wouldn't make it accessible to me[/QUOTE]

dont give up because you dont have insurance! trust me, you may feel like theres no hope, but there is! go to Vivitrol.com & search for a physician in the area. i think there are 3 or maybe 4 in Huntington. you could also try using 45680 (South Point's zip code), as well as 41101 (Ashland's zip code), & search in those areas as well. call around & see what they can do for you. explain to them that you have no insurance, but you really are trying to get clean. theres many places that can start a charity case for you if they really see that you are trying to get help. Prestera does intake appointments M-F from 8-9 in the morning. theyre really good about charity cases, but im not sure about covering the cost of the injection. the only problem i ran into with them was that their normal treatment plan for Vivitrol was to put patients on Suboxen for a year, then Vivitrol for the second year.. & I am not a believer in Suboxen. but im sure that if you told them you would prefer to stay away from Suboxen, they wouldnt object to your decisions. regardless, if you cant afford the shot, theres also Naltrexone.. which works the same exact way.. you just have to take your medicine when you wake up every morning, or before you go to bed at night.. whichever you prefer.. & its only $48 a month at Walmart Pharmacy. good luck!
Jordyn

Huntington, WV

#17 Mar 28, 2012
considering wrote:
<quoted text>
First id like to congratulate u for ur success! Im VERY interested in the vivitrol. What dr. Do u go to? Do u knw if there are any in htgn or surrounding area that offer such treatment? Im ready for a change and feel as tho methadone and suboxin, u still withdraw coming off of them. Well any info u have would be helpful! Thanks.
Thank you very much! I go to Dr. Justice at Logan-Mingo Area Mental Health in Logan, WV. However, I do know there are 3 or 4 physicians that do offer this treatment.. go to Vivitrol.com & search 25701, 45680, & 41101 (huntington, south point, ashland) for a list of providers in the area! I completely agree with you about Suboxen & Methadone.. I cant judge because it very well may save peoples lives.. But I can say that I would see it completely pointless for ME to waste another year of my life in a program that sounds like it may be even HARDER to quit than opiates. Suboxen is a synthetic opiate.. its ridiculous to call it a "TREATMENT option" in my mind. Regardless, good luck & I hope I could help! If you need anything else, let me know & Ill help to the best of my ability!(:
kim

United States

#18 Aug 21, 2012
I took half a shot last week for the first time an felt horrible physically an now mentally.... I am so depressed when will this half a shot wear off
Scumhater

Chagrin Falls, OH

#19 Aug 21, 2012
Jordyn wrote:
Oh.. I forgot to mention above that with my insurance, the co-pay is only 20 dollars a month for the injection.. HOWEVER, if you dont have very good insurance, talk to your doctor (or nurse, counselor, whoever youve discussed the Vivitrol program with) and explain how expensive its going to be for you.. if they have any, theyll give you a $0 Vivitrol co-pay card.. it pays up to a $500 co-pay each month for a year. Although mine only costs $20 a month, like i said above, Im a student.. so $20 is a lot to me. Anyways.. the lady that gives me my shot every month gave me one of the cards so I no longer have to pay for mine.. & after you give it to the pharmacy, they keep it on file for you so that when they bill your insurance, they just bill the rest to that little card & it makes it super easy.(: Hope this helps..
I'm so happy for you and love how I'm probably paying for your meds you welfare rat!

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Level 8

Since: Nov 11

BelAir, CA

#20 Aug 22, 2012
It had a strange side-effect for me. All of a sudden I lo st th e ab ili ty to c ont ro l m y sp a c e ba r .

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