Naltrexone Therapy for Addiction Recovery in San Francisco Bay Area
Trying to help yourself, a friend or family member addicted to any substance can be an emotional and frustrating experience, but one highly effective form of help is naltrexone. This medication blocks some of the pleasurable rewards that come from taking drug or alcohol. In this way, Naltrexone helps to reduce the cravings associated with each substance, without the need for willpower alone.
It is not an answer itself, but by integration Naltrexone in a medication-assisted treatment program that includes behavioral therapy, the medication can significantly increase a person’s chances of achieving drug-free living.
For people addicted to drugs, prescription meds, or alcohol, appropriate treatment is essential to help them get their lives back on track. Ending drug or alcohol abuse and rebuilding a life based around healthy pursuits is an excellent and achievable goal, but the array of treatment options can be bewildering. In case you are looking for an addiction detox center for you or a loved one, simplify your choice with one that offers a Naltrexone based treatment program.
What Is Naltrexone?
Naltrexone is known as an opioid antagonist, and it is often used for drug and alcohol dependence. It can block the pleasurable feelings of abused drug or alcohol in the brain, helping reduce the cravings for substance. With Naltrexone, they simply won’t seem as satisfying. Our Addiction Detox Center uses Naltrexone with the Vivitrol brand name as a monthly injection.
Naltrexone blocks receptors in the brain that would normally be activated by opioid or alcohol use. In practice, this means that the user no longer gains any pleasurable effects when using them. In time, the positive reinforcement that the substance used to provide will disappear, along with cravings.
Getting Ready fo Naltrexone Therapy
Before starting medication-assisted therapy using Naltrexone, it is necessary to be screened for suitability. The people most likely to benefit from naltrexone treatment:
- Have detoxed from any abused substances already. A drug test is usually used to look for opioids so that naltrexone does not trigger withdrawal.
- Would be at risk of relapse without a medication therapy.
- Being motivated towards recovery and maintaining abstinence from abused substances.
- Might relapsed following other medication-assisted programs.
- Have used drugs only for a short period or in low doses.
- Currently use another MAT program but would like to try naltrexone treatment.
About Our Outpatient Addiction Detox Center
The Bay Area Addiction Detox Center provides outpatient naltrexone treatment. Patients attend treatment during the day for different periods, then return home. This is ideal for people who have work or family commitments that don’t allow them to use a residential program. Outpatients need to have a strong, stable system of support in place to help their recovery. This is critical.
Getting the Help for Drug or Alcohol Addiction
Overusing painkiller medications or alcohol can result in substance abuse and usher in a whole host of unwanted mental, physical, and social consequences. Relationships can deteriorate as conflicts increase and social networks change. Managing everyday responsibilities can become almost impossible as the addiction takes over. Additionally, the user’s compulsive behavior and shifting priorities can give rise to financial and legal problems.
If you are determined to put addiction behind you and change for the better, call xxx.xxx.xxxx. A treatment support representative will be happy to answer your questions and explain how naltrexone treatment could help get you closer to life on the other side of addiction.