LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – A new tool is now in place to combat the drug and alcohol abuse issue that continues to damage families throughout Kentuckiana.
Our Lady of Peace in Louisville just opened the first long-acting injection clinic at a behavioral healthcare facility in the state and only the second in the country.
Once a patient comes in and finishes detox, they will be given a special injection once a month.
“Vivitrol lasts for a month in the system and it will keep the patient sober. So this is different from methadone or suboxone. With methadone or suboxone, you can become addicted to those products independently,” Steve Cummings, Pharmacist Manager explains.
According to Cummings, Vivitrol will block the euphoria of drugs and alcohol but alleviate withdrawal symptoms so patients can focus on counseling and recovery.
Doctors say a person could drink while on Vivitrol but the products blocks the ability to get drunk.
“We're not replacing a beer for a Bourbon or something like that. We’re giving them a shot at something that's going to keep them sober,” Cummings details.
This injection clinic also helps patients who battle psychological issues like schizophrenia and it's more discreet than your average local pharmacy.
“If we can affect even ten percent of the patient population and give them another out to their addiction, that's ten percent we wouldn't have helped before,” Cummings says.
The goal is the same as every other clinic and that is to have patients become substance free. Officials say this clinic is a great option for those who have relapsed during recovery.
Cummings states, “This is just another tool for our prescribers to use and another avenue for patients to reach out.”
The monthly dosage is paired with continued counseling and resources in an effort to get people the help they need.
To call this new clinic that is located at Our Lady of Peace at 2020 Newburg Road, dial 502-479-4445.