DEAR DOCTOR K: My son is addicted to painkillers. He has been in and out of treatment programs, but nothing has worked. I recently heard about a monthly injection that can help people overcome addiction. Can you tell me more about this?
DEAR READER: The problem of addiction to opioid prescription painkillers (and illegal narcotics) is growing worse. I'm sorry it has affected your son. You are correct: There is a relatively new treatment, called Vivitrol, which has helped some people.