There are many methods and programs associated with recovery and the best programs combine both therapy and medicine for a healthy recovery. Here at Inspirations for Youth and Families we cater to all our clients by creating individualized treatment programs based on their needs. We offer Naltrxone in both the oral and implant form as an alternative or additional part of treatment to help clients through their recovery process.
What is Naltrexone?
Naltrexone works by blocking the effects or “high” induced by opiate drugs and alcohol. It also greatly reduces the cravings associated with these destructive addictions. However, it is important to note that self -administering large amounts of these drugs may lead to serious medical injuries such as an overdose, coma or even death.
Naltrexone is commonly prescribed in oral tablets. However, the effectiveness of the tablet form is compromised by patients not sticking to the recommended dosage. Also, it has been found that most patients either forget or purposefully choose not to take their medication. Then in a short period of time they go back to using heroin or other opiates.
Doctors have developed the naltrexone implant that can be implanted into the lower abdomen. It is a small pellet that is inserted into the lower abdominal wall under local anesthetic. The implant is effective for three to six months depending on the type of implant used. In this way, it releases a controlled amount of naltrexone into the body. This removes potential issues associated with skipping doses and the opiate dependent person can work on overcoming their addiction more successfully. The patient has a chance for their brain to physically recover from the damage associated with drug use.
Why choose an Implant?
If you have a history of relapsing or the circumstances of your life make it difficult to keep up with oral (tablet form) medication, a naltrexone implant may be the right choice. After having an implant placed in your abdomen, you will still need to check in with your doctor regularly. You’ll also need to continue individual or group therapy as part of your recovery. This long-lasting solution may give you greater peace of mind about stability of your recovery and help you focus your energy on modifying your behavior and rebuilding you life.
Naltrexone does not treat:
- Sleep disturbances
- Abdominal pain
- Muscle cramps
Naltrexone is available with a doctor’s prescription and should only be used as part of a medically supervised addiction treatment program.