Naltrexone Therapy for Addiction Recovery in San Francisco Bay Area
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.
The 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 integrating 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.
Getting Ready for 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.
If you are determined to put addiction behind you and change for the better, call 866-530-5486. 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.