Substance use disorders, including opioid and alcohol addictions, are chronic diseases that require medical care to manage the disease and improve your health. The addiction specialists at 2nd Chance Treatment Center offer comprehensive treatment plans for substance use disorders, including the prescription medication naltrexone. For addiction recovery, contact the office in Phoenix, Glendale, or Gilbert, Arizona, by phone or online today.

What are substance use disorders?

Substance use disorders refer to the excess use of alcohol or drugs that affects physical, emotional, and social health. Types of substance use disorders that benefit from naltrexone include:

Alcohol use disorder

Alcohol use disorder is a brain disorder that causes a compulsive need to drink alcohol, an inability to control alcohol use, and withdrawal symptoms when you stop drinking. 

Opioid use disorder

Opioid use disorder is a chronic disease that causes a compulsive need to use opioids, which includes prescription narcotics and heroin. Over time, you develop a tolerance to the drug and must take more to get the same effects.

What is naltrexone?

Naltrexone is an FDA-approved medication for treating alcohol use disorder and opioid use disorder. It’s given as a pill or by injection. The specialists at 2nd Chance Treatment Center use the brand Vivitrol®, which is an injectable form of naltrexone that provides long-term relief from your cravings. A dose of Vivitrol lasts one month.  

Before treatment with naltrexone can start, you must stop using opioids and alcohol for seven to 10 days. 

How does naltrexone work?

Naltrexone blocks the opioid receptors in your brain to stop the euphoric effects of opioid drugs. The opioid treatment also controls physical cravings, which may help prevent a relapse.  

For alcohol use disorder, naltrexone also stops the euphoric feelings created by alcohol. The effects of the prescription medication serve as a motivator to help you get the alcohol addiction treatment you need.  

In order to get the most benefits out of naltrexone, long-term treatment is recommended. The team at 2nd Chance Treatment Center provides a personalized treatment plan so you know what to expect. 

Naltrexone increases your body’s sensitivity to opioids, and you must not take opioids, including prescription opioids, for any reason – or you may risk overdose and death.

What other therapies will I need with naltrexone?

In addition to medication, the team at 2nd Chance Treatment Center offers addiction counseling, behavioral therapy, and family therapy. They also provide referrals to support groups within your community so you can get the additional help you need when you’re not with your therapist.

Addiction is a disease that requires medical intervention like naltrexone. For help with your alcohol or opioid addiction, contact 2nd Chance Treatment Center today by calling the office or clicking the online booking button. 

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