What is Naltrexone ?
Naltrexone therapy is safe and FDA approved breakthrough prescription medicine that is successfully used to treat addictions to alcohol and opioids, such as Heroin, Oxycontin, Fentanyl, Morphine, etc. Naltrexone (Vivitrol) has been widely used since the 1970’s in treating drug and alcohol addiction, and the subcutaneous pellets have been used with over 4,000 patients worldwide with great success and no major side effects. Naltrexone is the generic version of the brand named drugs called Vivitrol and Revia. The TruVida Recovery consulting Medical Group provides high quality and experienced Naltrexone (Revia) implant treatment with over 80% success rate compared to non-use of such receptor antagonist therapies. Naltrexone is not addictive, unlike other anti-craving medications, such as methadone and buprenorphine.
How does Naltrexone (Vivitrol) work ?
Long-term sobriety from opioids and alcohol addiction is difficult for many because the powerful cravings seem to be hardwired into the nervous system. Many addicts go through repeated cycles of sobriety, and then relapse back to using again. Naltrexone is a breakthrough medication that has been scientifically proven to break this vicious cycle of withdrawal and relapse.
Naltrexone is an opioid receptor antagonist, which means it blocks receptors in the brain that trigger dopamine release. Dopamine release is part of the complex pleasure-reward mechanisms that motivate us and lead us to repetitive behavior. When these receptors are blocked by Naltrexone, craving and dependence-related conduct is eliminated, or at least highly reduced, so that new, healthier behaviors are allowed to develop with time.
Naltrexone enters the brain and nervous system through the blood system, and attaches itself to small areas called receptor sites. It binds very strongly to these receptors thereby blocking receptors completely to Opiates. When these brain receptors are blocked, the craving for opioids and alcohol is eliminated or significantly reduced. Simply put, if you take opioid medications or use street drugs (e.g., heroin) while using Naltrexone (Revia), the euphoric effects of the drug will be minimized or blocked. And if alcohol is consumed, the pleasure is very limited and the uncontrollable cascade of relapse is much less likely
How is Naltrexone Administered ?
Naltrexone Therapy can only start after a client has visited with the consulting Medical Physician, and after the Client has completed the detoxification process at a Truvida Recovery Detox facility. Naltrexone can be delivered via three different methods – pills – injection – or subcutaneous pellets.
- Naltrexone Pills: Naltrexone pills must be taken on a daily basis, for a period of several months, without a single day missed in order to avoid relapse. The advantage of the pill form, is its ease of use, but the major disadvantage is that if the Client chooses, or forgets to take the daily pill, then relapse happens in many cases.
- Naltrexone Injections: The shot releases medication over a 1 month period, is instead of the daily oral “pill form” of Naltrexone.
- Naltrexone Subcutaneous Pellets: The small ‘pill-sized pellet’ is placed just under the skin in the lower abdomen while the patient is under local anesthesia during a simple outpatient procedure. The Naltrexone pellet releases the opiate blocking medication over a 2 to 6 month period. During this time, the Naltrexone implant completely dissolves and disappears. The benefits of a Naltrexone implant include less frequent dosage and reduced rates of withdrawal and relapse between doses, as compared to the pill or injection methods.
Benefits of extended release Naltrexone Pellets
- Eliminates cravings for addictive drugs.
- Client can return to work on the same day.
- Immune modulation and improved endorphin levels.
- Blocks the effects of alcohol, Heroin, Oxycontin, Fentanyl, Morphine and other opioids so addicts know they can’t get high.
- Simple and quick outpatient procedure.
- Long lasting results from 3 to 6 months.
- Reduction or elimination of cravings allows client to focus on addiction counseling and coaching, and establishing new life skills for long term sobriety.
- Pellet is embedded under the skin and fatty tissue so it cannot be removed.
When it comes to Naltrexone therapy, trust that the consulting Medical Group of TruVida Recovery – Orange County to provide safe and professional delivery of this breakthrough medication. With our Naltrexone (Vivitrol) therapy, our clients will slowly feel that there is no longer any need to use drugs or drink alcohol. They will be able to move on with their lives and begin to lead a life of lasting sobriety. Many health insurance companies now provide coverage for Naltrexone treatment. If you have any questions regarding Naltrexone or Addiction relief, feel free to contact the TruVida sober coach via Phone, Text or Email, for more information.