I am not sure I actually mentioned this but J stopped taking the pill form of Vivitrol many months ago. I had some major anxiety about it but new in my heart that if he really wanted to use…he would. There is not a pill or shot or implant that is going to keep an addict away from his drug of choice if he wants it bad enough. I just prayed that he wanted sobriety more.
I am very happy to say J seemed to do absolutely fine after stopping Vivitrol. I never saw any side effects and he said he never felt any either. I think this drug was an excellent head start for him and helped him on his way. The bigger truth is, he was ready. Things were bad…really bad. A perfect storm really…with bad things brewing. His girlfriend had left him and not just broken up with him but up and moved to a different state to get away from him. I believe one other important element happened. J realized that ANY drug use would lead him back to hell. I don’t think he thought that before. He thought he was smarter than us all…he could use just a little no one would be the wiser and no harm done. That illusion was shattered after his “good” friends left him off in the parking lot of a hospital and he ended up committed into an involuntary psych ward.