Use of Vivitrol in Treatment Services
Chartiers Center’s Substance Abuse Outpatient Program is offering a new treatment option for drug and alcohol consumers struggling with their sobriety. Vivitrol is a once monthly injectable form of Naltrexone which is used to manage cravings for substances such as alcohol, prescription pain killers and heroin. Vivitrol is a new, medically assisted treatment for our D&A consumer that is shown to have great outcomes. The benefits to Vivitrol are it is non-narcotic, non-addictive, non pleasure-producing and stopping Vivitrol will not induce withdrawal symptoms in the user. For consumers who want to achieve recovery from opiate and alcohol addictions, we are working with Positive Recovery Solutions to provide the Vivitrol injections. Consumers using this medication are required to participate in ongoing counseling throughout the duration of their treatment. Counseling services will address recovery specific issues and methods for maintaining long term sobriety from substances. Although Vivitrol injections manage the cravings, there is still significant work that needs to be done in therapy to work with the consumer as they learn new coping mechanisms to avoid future relapses. Also, unlike Methadone, Vivitrol is not a controlled substance; it cannot be abused and there is no illegal market for it.
The staff at Chartiers’ Substance Abuse Outpatient Program is excited to be offering the new treatment option. They are optimistic that the Vivitrol injections and accompanying therapy will support our consumers who desire to live a substance free lifestyle. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment call our intake line (412)221-3302 x123. For information on Vivitrol visit their website at Vivitrol.com.
Chartiers’ Substance Abuse Outpatient Treatment Program is open to adolescents and adults age 12 and older who have displayed a need for substance abuse treatment services and require Outpatient Services. The Substance Abuse Treatment Program can also provide the appropriate level of care for consumers who are diagnosed with a co-occurring mental health disorder. The program includes individual counseling, family counseling, psychiatric evaluations and, if needed, medication management. The program also offers intensive outpatient programming. Services can be utilized as a step down from a higher level of care, or as a first step in assisting a consumer who is suffering from a substance use disorder.
To access the Substance Abuse Program, please contact our main intake line at (412)221-3302 x123. Referrals to the program will be asked to complete a brief telephone screening and then an intake appointment will be scheduled. The intake appointment will consist of a more in-depth assessment of the current presenting concerns and the consumer’s readiness for change. Once this assessment is completed, the consumer will be placed in the appropriate level of care. During the consumer’s time in treatment, care will be coordinated with any other providers involved in the consumer’s life.
The program is located at 515 Washington Rd., Bridgeville, PA and is conveniently minutes from the I-79 Bridgeville exit. Chartiers’ staff welcomes new referrals and is open to provide this service to the community and to those looking for help with substance abuse and/or a mental illness. If you have questions, or would like more information about the program, please feel free to contact us at (412)221-3302 x123.