Naltrexone Implant

Naltrexone is an opioid blocker and can cut cravings. It works by blocking the pleasure effects of opioids in the brain. At the right levels, Naltrexone can cancel out the opioid ‘highs’ and may reduce general cravings in other addictions such as alcohol as well.

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 published annual success rates at achieving abstinence.

Naltrexone is almost exclusively taken daily in tablet form in the UK, if prescribed at all. With that, there may be temptation to stop taking it and go back to opioids.

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How does it work

Naltrexone implants may help with the problem of missed pills. The slow-release pellets are placed in the fatty part of the abdomen under local anaesthetic like 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.

Why would we recommend having an implant?

After a careful and thorough assessment of your addiction by our medical team, it may be appropriate to consider naltrexone therapy. Some patients will be suitable for naltrexone implants and you can discuss the options with our medical team. In our experience, naltrexone implants are better suited for treatment of opioid addiction, and we do not usually advise their use in alcohol or cocaine/amphetamine problems.

Where does it take place?

Naltrexone implants are performed in our minor surgery suite at Pasture House. A team assessment will take place beforehand and will usually include The BONDS Clinic implant director Dr Adam Beaini. If patients are suitable, options will be discussed which can include naltrexone implants amongst other things. The whole process shouldn’t take more than two hours and you’re free to leave after the procedure with an accompanying adult. Patients must be free of all opioids prior to an implant.

How often do we recommend having an implant?

Depending on the type, strength and number of implants used, Naltrexone implants can last up to 6 months, very occasionally longer, but we recommend replacing them at least every 6 months. The shorter acting implants will need replacing at least every 3 months. However, each patient’s situation will be discussed with you at assessment and individualised recommendations made.
Our medical director has overseen the use of more than 3,000 implants at other facilities prior to the opening of The BONDS Clinic at Broughton. We counsel our patients that we are not aware of any implant available around the world which we would rely on clinically to last longer than 6 months.

Would you benefit from our 7-Day Detox?

Our inpatient facility within the Broughton Hall Estate in North Yorkshire is where your journey to recovery begins. You’ll first meet the team at our purpose-built Pasture House for a multi-disciplinary team (MDT) assessment and then your detox begins… The majority of detoxes are expected to be completed within 7 days, and those with more complex multiple addictions or significant mental health disorders may require 14 days (or possibly longer).

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Know someone with an addiction?

The BONDS Clinic work with you and your family, offering a comprehensive Family Support Program.

It can be challenging if a loved one has an addiction, sometimes having a negative effect on relationships, home environment and family dynamics.

It may be difficult to spot the signs of addiction and how best to approach them in taking those first steps towards recovery.

The BONDS Clinic feel that we should all be empowered to support and seek treatment for our loved ones when they need it most but also remember we are here for you as well. If you think a loved one may have an addiction, we are here to help.

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