What is Naltrexone and what are Naltrexone Implants?
Naltrexone is an opioid blocker and craving cutter. It works by blocking the pleasure effects of opioids in the brain. At the right levels, Naltrexone may reduce cravings in any addiction with particularly good evidence for alcohol.
One of the hardest challenges is to remain addiction free long term. With opioids, UK services often switch a ‘bad’ opioid like heroin for a ‘better’ one like methadone or buprenorphine (Subutex), with low success at being opioid free. Naltrexone is almost exclusively taken daily in tablet form, if prescribed at all. With that, there may be temptation to stop taking it and go back to opioids.
Naltrexone implants solve that problem. The slow-release pellets are placed in the fatty part of the abdomen under local anaesthetic similar to a minor surgical day procedure. This can be particularly helpful for relapse prevention, creating the opportunity to stay opioid free and provide vital time needed to work on mental health and wellbeing. With 100% opioid free at 3 months and over 75% at 6 months, a Naltrexone implant can be a powerful tool in the battle with addiction.