Can Naltrexone Implant Cure Alcoholism?
Addiction is a chronic medical disease that can, and must be managed. There is no cure, but just like other chronic medical conditions, it can be treated and controlled.
One drink is too many, and a thousand is not enough, goes the classic adage from Alcoholics Anonymous.
Anyone who struggles with alcoholism must face this reality when turning down an alcoholic beverage at a party or walk by a bar or liquor store.
If you’ve come to accept the fact that you can’t have even a single drink without risking your hard-won sobriety, you may be ready to use naltrexone as part of your recovery program.
What is the naltrexone implant and how does it work with alcoholism?
Naltrexone is an FDA approved prescription medicine that not only reduces or eliminates any desire for alcohol and drugs, but effectively blocks their effects as well. Can be very effective for: alcohol, heroin and all opioid drugs including Vicodin®, Oxycodone, Hydrocodone and many prescription pain medications.
Therapy and participation in a 12-step program can do a lot to help a person accomplish those goals. There are also medications that can supplement those programs to help a recovering alcoholic or addict stay on track. Naltrexone therapy is one of the most effective medications to help do just that. The way it works is through the opiate receptors in the brain.
It is these exact receptors that the pleasant effects of consuming alcohol are originated from. By blocking these receptors, Naltrexone can effectively suppress cravings and even minimize the pleasant effects of alcohol if it is consumed. This suppression at a chemical level helps those in recovery stay sober and continue on with their goals.
Why are Naltrexone implants the best to treat opiate based addictions?
Naltrexone has the advantage of being time-tested and non-addictive in nature and as such, eliminates the craving for drugs giving an individual the opportunity to focus on the recover process. The Naltrexone implant is usually in form of a small non-narcotic pellet which as a norm is usually inserted under the skin near the lower abdomen: the medicine gets released into the body slowly over time. As a norm, local anesthesia is administered before the procedure is performed. The procedure usually takes a very short time and a patient is released soon after.
What are the risks and side effects of getting the implant?
All medications have some risks and side effects, and it’s important to be aware of what they are before you begin the dosage. Naltrexone taken before a patient has become completely sober will cause painful withdrawal symptoms. Be sure to tell your doctor your history with drinking and drugs before beginning naltrexone in order to avoid any serious symptoms.
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