- What is Naltrexone?
- How does Naltrexone work?
- Are there any downsides to Naltrexone?
Naltrexone is a medical revolution in the treatment of opiate and alcohol addiction. Everyone who tried to stay clean knows how difficult it can be. Fortunately, nowadays there is Naltrexone, a chemical protection against relapse – medications that reliably protects from going back to drugs and substance.
Naltrexone is a drug designed to BLOCK the effects of opiate drugs in the body. That's it. To be a bit more precise, it blocks the receptors which are stimulated by narcotics or similar substances. It is not a pain reliever. It does not have any other known benefits beyond those produced by blocking the effects of opioid drugs (including heroin). If you have Naltrexone in your system and you take an opiate drug...the narcotic will not work, it will not produce the desired effect. Moreover, if you are currently "dependent" on any opiate drug, taking Naltrexone will typically produce withdrawal symptoms. Therefore, you must be for at least 7 days without heroin, or 12 days without Methadone or to undergo a medical heroin detox either medical methadone detox at a detox facility to be able to have the implant fitted.
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HOW EXACTLY DOES NALTREXONE WORK?
Drugs, such as Morphine, Methadone, Substitol, Subutex or Heroin, produce their effects by stimulating receptors known as opioid receptors. Stimulation of opioid receptors is responsible for the pain relief and pleasure response to these drugs. These receptors also seem to be involved in the pleasure response triggered during alcohol consumption. Opioid receptors are located in the brain and central nervous system, and also in the intestines (this is why narcotic drugs cause constipation...because they stimulate opioid receptors in the intestines causing their normal movement to slow down!).
Naltrexone BLOCKS opiate receptors so they CANNOT be stimulated by opiates (like heroin, methadone, morphine etc). Naltrexone does not stimulate these receptors, it just blocks them from being capable of stimulation. If you imagine that opioid receptors are like the keys on a piano, then Naltrexone is the pharmacological equivalent of closing the cover over the keys.
Naltrexone has several positive effects:
NALTREXONE protects all opioid receptors, not allowing opiate drug molecules to reach them, which prevents progress of addiction or relapse.
NALTREXONE psychologically "reminds" patients that opiates can not give them "the buzz" any longer and therefore using them becomes meaningless. Naltrexone induces more tranquility, self confidence, eliminates cravings and nervous tension, significantly reduces psychological dependence on opiate drugs.
NALTREXONE stimulates regeneration of one’s own inner "pleasure system" and release of endorphins - natural hormones of well-being, as well as renewal of receptors. The process of emotional recovery is quicker due to Naltrexone.
Naltrexone reduces the degree of intoxication and interest in alcohol, cocaine, cannabis and other psychoactive substances. Naltrexone was approved by the FDA, even in the treatment of alcohol addiction. There are scientific studies that show that Naltrexone helps in controlling behavioral addictions such as gambling and shopaholic.
Naltrexone improves immunity. It is highly desirable to strengthen immunity after detoxification from heroin. Naltrexone is used in the treatment of multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune diseases. Its application has also been started in oncology centers.
Naltrexone maintenance advantages compared to substitution program with Methadone, Suboxone, Substitol, etc.
- Naltrexone enables return to a clean life without heroin and synthetic opioid drugs
- Naltrexone promotes rehabilitation of brain’s endorphin system, ie. secretion of one’s own well-being hormones
- Naltrexone is not addictive, there is no withdrawal symptoms with discontinuation of the Naltrexone application, no psychoactive effects
Naltrexone maintenance limitations:
- Requires a patient’s responsible decision to maintain abstinence
- Naltrexone is not covered by health insurance (see prices of heroin blockers)