With the opiate and opioid addiction epidemic being a problem in the United States for nearly three decades now, the slow development of helpful medicines and legislation is a little disheartening. It almost seems as though the pharmaceutical industry has little to no incentive to help treat this issue. Most of the time it doesn’t matter to these businesses how their painkillers get used and abused while opioids continue to bring in unprecedented profits.
And in being such a large industry with a ridiculous cash flow, the pharmaceutical industry has thousands of lobbyists in Washington, which more than likely is what is delaying new legislation or regulations that will help the country beat it’s addiction problem.
Still, after so many years of this issue, there have been some (albeit very few) new products and procedures that will give addicts the help they need. One of the best developments thus far, Naltrexone implants, combines both a product and a procedure to give addicts a real chance to quit using opiates and opioids.
How Naltrexone Implants Work
Though most people think of a permanent item being placed in the body as implants, a Naltrexone implant is actually a medicine that releases over time until it simply gets used up. As the Naltrexone is consumed by the patient’s body, the medicine works to keep opiate and opioid cravings in check. It does this by blocking the pleasure receptors that are triggered by using opiates like heroin, opioids like fentanyl, and, interestingly, alcohol. That, in turn, makes addicts turn to and use substances far less often if not quit entirely.
Where these implants really shine, though, is the frequency -or lack thereof- in which the patient takes the medicine. Regular Naltrexone pills taken by mouth can help curb opioid addiction cravings for between 24 and 72 hours depending on the size of the dose. If you have ever taken a medicine that requires doses two or three days apart, you might know how difficult it can be to keep track of when the meds were last taken – oral Naltrexone is no different.
On the other hand, Naltrexone implants work continuously between two and six months – this makes forgetting to take the medicine a thing of the past. Another benefit implants have over orally taken Naltrexone is that both overdosing on the medicine and relapsing back to opioids/opiates are the minority occurrence, which is impressive considering that most other methods of substance abuse treatment will lead to one or more relapses before the person can quit for good. Best of all is that since Naltrexone blocks drug-activated pleasure receptors, it’s not addictive like other opioid treatments like methadone can be.
Naltrexone Implant Procedure
Though these are technically medicinal implants, the procedure for this type of Naltrexone is fairly quick and, thanks to local anesthesia, painless. The Naltrexone implant process is as follows:
- Anesthesia is applied
- Small incision (less than an inch) made in lower abdomen
- Naltrexone inserted by hip bone with needleless syringe
- Incision closed with 2 or 3 stitches
From start to finish, the entire insertion usually takes about 20 minutes. Likewise, since this is notably easy on the patient, it is an outpatient procedure. Most people are comfortable and ready to leave the clinic within 30 minutes of receiving the Naltrexone implant.
With rates of getting addicts to successfully quit opiates during testing at over 80 percent, and seeing as the insertion procedure is only a little more intrusive than getting a shot, opioid addicts are highly recommended to try Naltrexone implants.
Call (877) 925-1541 if you are interested in treating your drug or alcohol addiction with Naltrexone today.