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What is a Naltrexone Implant and How Does it Work?

What is a Naltrexone Implant and How Does it Work?

Naltrexone is an opioid receptor antagonist prescribed for treatment of opiate dependence. Opioid antagonists bind to opioid receptors in the brain and block them so a user will not feel the physical effects of euphoria. Naltrexone interrupts the neural pathways in the brain that release endorphins and has proven effective, which is why the implant has hit the marketplace. Learn more about how it works and why people are using it to fight opioid addiction.

Naltrexone Implant

A naltrexone implant is a small pellet inserted into the lower abdominal wall under local anesthetic. The implant is effective for 3-6 months depending on the type of implant used and releases a controlled amount of the drug into the body. The implant works by blocking effects of opiate drugs. In blocking effectiveness of drugs, naltrexone helps break the cycle of abuse. Naltrexone implants are only approved for use in a clinical setting in Russia, while it is available in private rehab centers throughout Australia, America, and the United Kingdom. Health workers in Russia have reported implants are problematic due to the high cost and lack of supporting treatment. Naltrexone does not curb cravings or deal with the psychological issues associated with opiate addiction. Some side effects have been noted, as well:

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea and cramping
  • Headaches
  • Anxiety
  • Nervousness
  • Insomnia

Naltrexone may also increase the risk of overdose. If a person is fitted for the implant takes an opiate drug, they will not feel the euphoric effects so they may take a larger dose to feel the effects and overdose unwittingly. Very high doses of opiate drugs depress the respiratory system and can lead to death.

Quick Fix

Many people who suffer from dependence on opiates believe that naltrexone implants can fix things for them. The drug provides many benefits when used under the right circumstances but they are not approved for general use. Adverse reactions and infections are possible, as is overdose on opioids if they relapse. Since addiction is a multifaceted issue, people need to address the psychological, physical, and emotional impact of addiction rather than try to find a quick fix through an implant. The most successful treatments for substance dependence takes commitment from the person with addiction, a support team of friends and family, and medical staff to help manage the symptoms. With all these elements in place, the implant or other treatments can be successful to help keep the person in recovery for a long time to come.

Opiate addiction treatment takes focused dedication and a commitment to change. Your recovery is our goal. We will help you navigate recovery with our detox and rehab facility dedicated to a holistic approach to addiction recovery.  Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number to find out how we can support your needs: 844-339-6964