Vivitrol, an injectable form of naltrexone, is used to treat alcohol and opioid dependencies. As an opioid antagonist, it works by reducing cravings for alcohol and blocking the pleasurable effects of opioids by acting on the brain’s opioid receptors. This helps in reducing the amount of alcohol consumed by those who haven’t quit drinking and prevents relapse in opioid users by mitigating cravings.

Vivitrol’s exact mechanism in promoting sobriety isn’t fully understood but its ability to block the emotional rewards of alcohol consumption is well recognised. Unlike daily oral addiction treatments, Vivitrol is administered monthly by a healthcare professional. Approved by the FDA since 2006 for alcohol and since 2010 for opioid dependence, it’s effective when combined with counselling and psychosocial support.

Notably, Vivitrol is non-addictive and doesn’t create a high or dependence making it safe to discontinue without withdrawal symptoms. However like other medicines, it can cause side effects such as dizziness, constipation, sleeplessness and nausea.

Vivitrol should be viewed as part of a holistic recovery program. It addresses the physical aspect of addiction but doesn’t tackle underlying emotional and mental issues. Comprehensive treatment, including counselling and support for reintegration into work and home life, is crucial. Relying solely on medication for recovery might align with the misconception of finding external chemical solutions to addiction, whereas true recovery encompasses addressing internal emotional and mental challenges.

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    Founded in 2008, WeDoRecover has evolved from an advisory service for addiction treatment into a comprehensive provider of care, following its 2019 merger with Changes Addiction Rehab in Johannesburg. Specialising in connecting patients to top-tier addiction treatment centers in the UK, South Africa and Thailand, WeDoRecover supports individuals globally, including those from the United Arab Emirates and Europe. Accepting both South African medical aid and international health insurance our organisation facilitates access to high-quality treatment for substance and alcohol use disorders, offering individualised care that addresses the physical, mental and social needs of patients.

    Our team, led by Gareth Carter, offers empathetic and professional support, guiding you through every step of the treatment process. Whether you're in South Africa or abroad, our acceptance of various insurance plans makes quality care accessible, providing a platform for lasting recovery and a healthier future.

    Inpatient Rehab

    Our rehab care is a good option if you are at risk of experiencing strong withdrawal symptoms when you try stop a substance. This rehab option would also be recommended if you have experienced recurrent relapses or if you have tried a less-intensive treatment without success.


    If you're committed to your sobriety but cannot take a break from your daily duties for an inpatient program. Outpatient rehab treatment might suit you well if you are looking for a less restricted format for addiction treatment or simply need help with mental health.


    Therapy can be good step towards healing and self-discovery. If you need support without disrupting your routine, therapy offers a flexible solution for anyone wishing to enhance their mental well-being or work through personal issues in a supportive, confidential environment.

    Mental Health

    Are you having persistent feelings of being swamped, sad or have sudden surges of anger or intense emotional outbursts? These are warning signs of unresolved trauma mental health. A simple assesment by a mental health expert could provide valuable insights into your recovery.

    Finding the right rehab close to you is simple with WeDoRecover. Our network includes the finest rehab centers, ensuring personalised, quality care for your recovery needs. Let Gareth Carter and our empathetic team help guide you to a center that feels right for you, offering expert care and support. Start your healing today by choosing a rehab that's not just close to you, but also that truly cares about your loved ones recovery.

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