What if you could fight one drug with another?
Experts on substance misuse say you can. For some Anchorage residents struggling with alcohol addiction in conjunction with homelessness, one treatment option is a drug called Vivitrol.
Vivitrol alleviates alcohol cravings, helping patients work toward stability in their lives. But it’s not widely used, though many experts say it should be.
Veteran Alaska journalist Paula Dobbyn wrote about Vivitrol treatment for the Anchorage Daily News and Alaska Public Media, in collaboration with the Economic Hardship Reporting Project. She spoke about her reporting with Alaska News Nightly host Casey Grove.