Do Naltrexone Implants Work?

What Is A Naltrexone Implant?

Naltrexone implant is an opiate blocker that is inserted beneath the skin of opiate users to reduce the chances of relapse once the person has detoxed. The chemicals that the implant releases into the individuals blood stream block the brains drug receptors from receiving a chemically induced high from opioids such as heroin. The implant is usually implanted for a period of 6 months at a time. Naltrexone also comes in tablet form which can be taken daily.


How Does Naltrexone Work?

Naltrexone works by blocking the brains opioid receptors that usually send signals to the brain creating pleasure when an opioid is used. Naltrexone blocks the receptors from sending this signal to the brain, so that there is no pleasure gained from taking an opioid. Opioid users take opiates for their effect so if no effect can be felt, then the desire to take the drug in theory should disappear.

What Else Is Naltrexone Used For?

Naltrexone is also used to reduce cravings for alcohol. Scientists are unsure how it works in relation to alcohol but it has been shown to reduce desire and cravings by blocking the same receptors that create feelings of pleasure when opioids are taken.

Does Naltrexone Work?

Naltrexone works in the sense that it blocks the user from getting their usual high from drink and drugs. But whether it stops the desire for the effect is another matter altogether. It has already been established that addiction is mainly a problem created from the individuals thinking and unless a complete change in thinking is established, there is little chance of permanent recovery for any alcoholic or addict. The treatment clinics that Addiction Helper works with believe in treating the root causes of the addiction that means treating the individuals mind with therapy that has long term and permanent benefits. Naltrexone will only last as long as the person takes it. That means if they have the implant removed or stop taking the tablets they can once again get a high from the drug of their choice. Also they are more likely to be at risk of overdose from not having used for the period they were taking the Naltrexone. Relapses are usually planned in advance, sometimes even on a subconscious level. But if their thinking isn’t changed, they may be still exhibiting the same thoughts, behaviours and actions that led them to using in the first place. By teaching an addict or alcoholic to be content within, no matter what their external circumstances are, it is unlikely that they will feel that desire to change their feelings by using a chemical or drug. As the saying goes, “Nothing changes if nothing changes”.

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