Naltrexone can be a very beneficial treatment option for some individuals, but it can also be difficult for many to tolerate. It is important to consider whether or not you are a good candidate for naltrexone before you begin treatment with it.
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Who Needs Naltrexone Treatment?
According to Harvard Medical School, naltrexone, a long-acting opiate antagonist, is “taken three times a week after detoxification” has ended.
The drug can trigger withdrawal symptoms in those who are still dependent on opioids, so it is absolutely essential that the individual who takes it has gone through detox. The drug blocks the effects of any opioid drugs and is very helpful in keeping the patients who take it faithfully from relapsing.
However, many individuals simply stop taking naltrexone because they cannot tolerate the harsh side effects or the rigidness of its treatment program. An individual who takes naltrexone must be completely devoted to their recovery and also able to withstand the difficulties of taking the medication faithfully without giving up on it.
Are You a Candidate for Naltrexone Treatment?
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration states, “Extended-release naltrexone should be part of a comprehensive management program that includes psychosocial support” as well as other treatment options.
But even as part of a well-rounded program, naltrexone can still be a difficult medication for many to tolerate. Therefore, it is important to consider whether or not it will be likely to benefit you.
- Have you gone through detox or are you planning to go through detox before getting on a certain medication program?
- Is your dependence on opioids more mild, causing
- Fewer or less intense withdrawal symptoms?
- Less severe cravings?
- Have you been abusing opioids for a short period of time or is your addiction mild?
- Are you looking for a medication that will prevent the possibility of relapse if taken faithfully?
- Do you feel you can take the medication as prescribed, even when difficult?
- Do you have a strong desire to end your substance abuse?
- Are your motivators for ending your substance abuse strong as well (such as a professional job, a family, etc.)?
- Do you feel you will be able to keep up not only with your medication regimen but also with the process of seeing your counselor for therapy sessions and other treatment methods?
If you answered yes to these questions, it is likely that you will make a good candidate for naltrexone.
If you do not believe naltrexone will be beneficial to you or it will be too hard for you to continue taking your medication, remember that you can always take methadone or buprenorphine as maintenance treatments instead.
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