An Indiana prison is offering inmates the opportunity to stay clean with Vivitrol, a medication designed to suppress cravings for opioids and alcohol.
Indiana County Jail made an arrangement with pharmaceutical company, Alkermes, to provide free treatments of Vivitrol, also known as naltrexone, to inmates. The first treatment will be at no cost to the inmate as long as they agree to participating in intensive therapy and counseling while in prison and for 12 to 18 months after their release.
“Vivitrol addresses the physical part of addiction, but participants must engage in programs to address the emotional desire to use the drug or alcohol,” reported the Indiana district attorney’s office in a news release.
Vivitrol is a monthly injectable prescription of naltrexone that blocks the brain’s opioid receptors so patients don’t feel a high when using drugs like heroin, methadone, oxycodone, pain pills, and alcohol. By taking away the pleasurable effects of opioid drugs and alcohol, Vivitrol helps to prevent relapse.
The medication is non-addictive and must be administered every four weeks by a health professional. Alkermes recommends that patients undergo a detox for at least seven to 14 days before using Vivitrol.