What is Naltrexone & Why Do We Use It?

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Naltrexone is an opiate antagonist or opiate receptor blocker. Please don’t confuse it with Suboxone, which is a partial agonist that contains an opiate (Buprenorphine), plus an antagonist (Naloxone). Naltrexone blocks cravings, as well as the pleasurable effects of opiates like heroin and morphine, as well as popularly prescribed pain medication like Oxycodone.

 

Forms of Naltrexone Treatment

Naltrexone comes in oral, injectable, and implantable forms. MDS Drug Detox utilizes the implantable form of Naltrexone during our rapid opiate detoxification procedures. This will curb your craving for opiates, as well as block the pleasurable effects of opiates should you use them. This pellet dissolves over two months, without the need to have it removed. These 2 months are crucial to the long-term success of your recovery. At MDS Drug Detox, we urge Naltrexone maintenance therapy for one year, to assist you with your recovery. Naltrexone will help heal and repair the damage that has been done to your neuro-circuitry from opiate abuse. Remember that relapse rates are higher in the first year for people that do not maintain Naltrexone treatment in their recovery process, coupled with psychotherapy.

For those who are unable to return for regular Naltrexone implants, there is an alternative form of Naltrexone delivery that is called Vivitrol, which is a monthly injection that is covered by most insurances. MDS Drug Detox initiates the Vivitrol program through specialty pharmacies. So, if you are unable to return, you can still receive Naltrexone injections from your local doctor. Our third and least recommended option is the pill form of Naltrexone. You can probably understand why the pill form is our least recommended option. As you are probably aware, compliance is difficult as well as crucial in your addiction recovery. Naltrexone is a important tool used to help you overcome your dependence, cravings, and break the cycle of addiction.