Naltrexone is a non-narcotic medication that was made to treat those struggling with a chemical dependence and psychological addiction on an opioid drug such as fentanyl, heroin, or prescription opioids like oxycodone.

The best New Jersey rehab facilities commonly offer treatments centered around medicinal treatment such as those that use naltrexone in opioid treatment. The drug is meant assist the person struggling with opioid addiction to reach sobriety and maintain so they can enter the active recovery stage of their disease and live a relatively normal life.


How Does It Work?

The wan Naltrexone works is by blocking the opioid receptors located in the nervous system. These receptors are the very receptors that opioids cover causing the user’s euphoric and content moods as well as the lessening of pain.

The fact that naltrexone covers these same receptors means that if a user takes an opioid while on naltrexone treatment, they are unable to experience the effects of the opioid, thus removing the impetus to take the drug to begin with.  

Naltrexone is revolutionary because opioids are more than just persistent in their tolerance building, the cravings associated are incessant. Anything that can help to suppress those cravings can make the recovery process for an opioid addict significantly more hopeful. After detox, having the drug naltrexone in a patient’s system allows the person struggling with addiction to focus more on the psychological work necessary to further their recovery.

Naltrexone is the generic version of the drug. The drug can be found under the following brand names:

  • Vivitrol
  • Depade
  • Revia


Medication Assisted Treatment Program

Discovery InstituteMedication assisted treatment programs are centered around using medications like naltrexone, as well as behavioral therapy to treat opioid chemical dependence and psychological addiction. While other medications that are often used for this kind of treatment, like methadone, do indeed come with the risk that the patient may become dependent on them, but naltrexone is not an addictive medication. There is no potential to abuse Naltrexone. Because the drug is not addictive it is quickly becoming one of the most recommended courses of treatment for opioid addicts who are seeking treatment for their chronic opioid addiction.


Inpatient vs. Outpatient Medication Assisted Treatment Program

Because opioid addiction is such a deadly form of the chronic disease of addiction, usually an inpatient program at a New Jersey addiction treatment program is the best choice of the more dangerous substance addictions.

However, outpatient care is a good option for someone who can’t get away from their day to day lives. Opioids quickly build tolerance and people find themselves in an intense form of chemical dependence often before they even realize it could be a problem. Unfortunately four out of five opioid addicts begin their addiction by taking a prescription medication prescribed by a physician and slide into an addiction that they weren’t anticipating or seeking. Without treatment these addicts end up taking drugs such as heroin and fentanyl which, without proper treatment will almost inevitably end in fatal overdose. If you have questions about naltrexone treatment call Discovery Institute today.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes:

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>