What is Naltrexone?

Naltrexone is a medication which helps in recovery from other substances like opioids and alcohol. More than 24.5 million people in the United States currently use illicit substances. Pain relievers are commonly opioids and Naltrexone may be appropriate for use to help with addiction and dependence issues.

Naltrexone is a type of prescription medication used in treatment of drug and alcohol abuse. Doctors used the medication for opiate addiction as well as other drugs and alcohol. When taken properly, it can help prevent the brain and body from effects of drugs while someone who abuses heroin may not experience the effects of heroin which make it so pleasurable while naltrexone is in the system.

Signs of Addiction

Getting help for a loved one with drug and alcohol addiction may require identifying the problem first by noticing signs of addiction. The signs of addiction to alcohol or drugs are common and can include some of the following:

  • Spending more time thinking about using
  • Keeping more than required amounts on hand
  • Increased relational conflict
  • Going to possibly illegal lengths to obtain substance
  • Spending more time using substances
  • Ignoring favorite or preferred hobbies to use substances

Potential signs of opioid use or painkiller addiction may manifest in some of the following symptoms:

  • Depression
  • Confused thinking
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Tolerance to painkillers (need more to feel same effect)
  • Inactivity

People showing these signs and symptoms may be appropriate candidates for treatment with naltrexone.

Types of Treatment

Drug and alcohol addiction may require either inpatient or outpatient treatment. Doctors use naltrexone to help individuals stop using drugs and alcohol. It will not reduce all cravings but blocks reward of use. The only way to obtain medication is through a prescription from a doctor. Doctors who treat drug and alcohol addiction may suggest inpatient, residential or outpatient which are structured differently according to a person’s needs.

Learn more about what the Villa offers for individuals with addiction to drugs, alcohol or opioids. It is possible to recover from the effects of addiction with the help of trusted professionals. We are here to support you every step of the way. Call us to find out more on how we can help you get there.