JACOA'S Medication Assisted Treatment Program

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In the past, treatment for an addiction to opioids (heroin or prescription pain pills) was very limited. It wasn’t uncommon to think of addiction as a "moral failing". Many people believed that someone  could easily “just stop” if he or she wanted to.

But today, with scientific research and studies of the brain, we now know so much more about what can help lead more people to recovery. We know that addiction is a progressive disease and must be treated as such. 

Medication-assisted treatment is the use of anti-craving medicine such as naltrexone (Vivitrol), along with comprehensive therapy and support — to help address issues related to opioid dependence, including withdrawal, cravings and relapse prevention. Evidenced-based treatment approaches like this are often needed to successfully overcome addiction and maintain long-term recovery.


Medication-assisted treatment — combined with comprehensive therapy and family support — can help lessen the brain’s urges to continue to use. By helping to reduce cravings and withdrawal, medication-assisted treatment such as naltrexone (Vivitrol) can help a person stop thinking constantly about the problem drug. This allows the person to focus on returning to a healthy lifestyle. 

JACOA currently offers Vivitrol as a treatment option.

VIVITROL® (naltrexone for extended-release injectable suspension) – is a non-addictive, once-monthly injectable medication that is used in conjunction with counseling, and following detoxification. 

Naltrexone is not a narcotic. It works by blocking the effects of narcotics, especially the "high'' feeling that makes you want to use them. It also may block the "high'' feeling that may make you want to use alcohol. It will not produce any narcotic-like effects or cause mental or physical dependence. It will not prevent you from becoming impaired while drinking alcohol.

Naltrexone will cause withdrawal symptoms in people who are physically dependent on narcotics. Therefore, naltrexone treatment is started after you are no longer dependent on narcotics. JACOA's medical team will help determine if Vivitrol is a good treatment option for you. 

JACOA does not offer medical detoxification at this time.