What is Naltrexone?Naltrexone was actually developed in the 1960s, but began to be used clinically in treatment for alcoholism in the late 1970s, following studies that showed it’s strengths and weaknesses. The drug works by significantly reducing cravings for alcohol, perhaps by affecting neural pathways in the brain where the neurotransmitter dopamine is found. For opiate addicts, it’s thought to completely block the effects of drugs like heroin and cocaine – meaning it takes away the euphoria, or pleasurable feelings. It then becomes literally impossible to relapse until the Naltrexone wears off.What made this a bit dangerous, however, was that opiate addicts would often forget to take it, or refuse to take it, than relapse into their addiction, when the risk of death by overdose is higher because tolerance lowers after a period of abstinence.
Why the implant is differentThe implant version of Naltrexone lasts approximately two to three months, slowly releasing the drug into the client’s system. This method of delivery is avaiable in the UK and Australia. Sometimes the implant is currently used here to rapidly detox an opioid addict, followed by up to 12 months of injections. Approval for this use is for a one-time “cure” This new, longer-term implant use may up the success rate for those who use it.
While BlueCross BlueShield has approved covering the implant for Fresh Start Private clients, FDA approval has not been documented.“The remarkable thing is that our clients are in and out quickly, without the stigma attached to being away from their loved ones for an extended period,” said a Fresh Start Private spokesperson on their website.There are many treatment options available to those who suffer from the disease of addiction. With literally hundreds of treatment centers offering recovery options to suit the individual’s needs, the help of a professional can steer you to the right place to began you or your loved one’s journey to a better life. The disease of addiction is fatal and incurable; Seek help before it’s too late.Written by: Betty Lenz
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