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Addiction Medicine Associates Provides Novel Treatment Option for Alcohol Dependence.

Leading Boston-area treatment centers offer once-a-month medication

BOSTON -- Addiction Medicine Associates (AMA), the largest outpatient substance dependence provider in Massachusetts, today announced its 17 locations will be some of the leading facilities in the Massachusetts area to use Vivitrol([R])(naltrexone for extended-release injectable suspension) to effectively treat alcohol dependence, a major public-health problem affecting more than 9 million Americans(i). Vivitrol, which is used in addition to counseling, is the first ever once-a-month injectable medication for alcoholism. Its novel delivery system helps ensure patients with alcohol abuse problems get an entire month of medication in a single dose, thereby eliminating the need to make medication decisions everyday.

"At Addiction Medicine Associates we are dedicated to providing our patients with novel treatment options to help them in their battle against alcohol dependence," said AMA Founder and President Dr. P.S. Kishore. "Administering the once-monthly dosing of Vivitrol at our AMA treatment centers provides us with an additional opportunity to check-in with our patients. This interaction allows the AMA staff to further help patients address the many challenges associated with recovery, including relapse. More than 75 percent of patients relapse back to drinking within the first year of beginning treatment using other currently available treatment methods."

A growing body of research contends that alcohol dependence is a disease of the brain with genetic and environmental causes. The use of medication in conjunction with counseling or group therapy has been shown to be effective for the treatment of alcohol dependence(ii). A 2005 study by the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) showed that in Massachusetts, 35 percent of all patients admitted for substance abuse treatment are affected by alcohol dependence(iii).

"My use of Vivitrol through my visits to AMA and Dr. Kishore has really helped with my cravings," said Patty, a recovering alcoholic who had been sober for two and half-years, before succumbing to her addiction once again last year. "With Vivitrol, I'm back on the road to recovery and having just one injection per month is much more convenient than having to remember take a pill every day."

Each year, AMA treats 12,000 unique patients for substance dependencies among its network of addiction medicine providers with 36,000 patient visits per year. For more information about Vivitrol's availability at Addiction Medicine Associates locations, please contact Dr. P.S. Kishore at 1-800-770-1904 or for full prescribing information, including boxed warning, please visit or call 1-800-VIVITROL.

About Addiction Medicine Associates

Addiction Medicine Associates (AMA) is the largest outpatient substance dependence provider in Massachusetts. Operating 17 locations in the state, AMA offers the following services: alcohol and drug abuse treatment, detox services, drug therapies, drug testing, sober living residencies, psychological and psychiatric care, group therapies and specialty clinics. For more information, please visit

Note: To request an interview with Dr. P.S. Kishore, please contact Mark Cautela of Regan Communications at 617-488-2856 or

(i) Grant BF, Dawson DA, Stinson FS, Chou SP, Dufour MC, Pickering RP. The 12-Month Prevalence and Trends in DSM-IV Alcohol Abuse and Dependence: United States, 1991-1992 and 2001-2002. Drug and Alcohol Dependence; 2004; 74:223-234.

(ii) U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, Helping Patients Who Drink too Much: A Clinician's Guide, 2005.

(iii) Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS), Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration, Drug Rehabilitation and Substance Abuse Treatment Admissions for the State of Massachusetts,, 2005
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