In this Naltrexone blocker leaflet you will find short, but important information about having Naltrexone blocker placed for your heroin, alcohol or cocaine addiction. .
What is Naltrexone?
Naltrexone is an opioid blocker in the brain and body, preventing the pleasure effects from substances.
Naltrexone may also reduce or cut out cravings for opioids.
The blocker may also be used for alcohol dependence and has potentially wider effects on craving and addiction in general.
Naltrexone blocker is best used alongside a relapse prevention programme.
What are Naltrexone blockers?
Naltrexone blockers are slow release ‘pellets’ inserted into the fatty part of the lower abdomen under local anaesthetic, similar to minor surgery. We use Sherman’s Long Acting Blocker. This is the longest lasting, most evidence-based, reliable blocker on the market. We safely say it should last 6 or 12 months depending on the implant you choose, although this may vary from person to person. We recommend one year blocker, either two sets of 6 months done in a 12-month period to give the best opioid blocking effects.
Opioid drugs are:
Why Choose a Naltrexone Implant?
Relapse prevention often needs a combination of medical, psychological and social input, including identify the root causes of addiction, considering any underlying mental health disorders or chronic pain management that may need addressing. Whilst oral naltrexone can be useful as part of a relapse prevention programme, some patients may stop taking it at some point during their recovery and increase their risk of relapse. The implants can therefore boost your recovery and provide the vital time needed to work on the real issues at hand.
How many implants have been done so far? (Naltrexone blocker leaflet)
RefindYourWay Clinic has overseen more than 5000 implants to date. Following its addition to a relapse prevention programme, at 12 months abstinence was boosted from around 80% Our implant schedule and relapse prevention programme is continuously being updated and we expect this to improve further.
What should I expect after the Implant?
It is normal for the area to feel bruised and tender for the first week. Simple non-opioids painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen may be taken. A course of antibiotics and antiallergic medications will be given. Therefore, your Naltrexone blocker won't give you any issues.