Naltrexone, an opioid antagonist and critical component of the Coleman Method for opiate and alcohol detox, is an invaluable resource in the fight against opioid addiction. Its mechanism, which involves binding to and blocking opioid receptors in the brain, ensures that individuals do not experience the typical effects of opioid drugs.

Administered after an opioid detox, Naltrexone can significantly reduce cravings and prevent relapse. At the Coleman Institute, we offer two kinds of Naltrexone therapy to our patients:

  • A Naltrexone implant, which is the size of a small vitamin capsule implanted is inserted into the abdomen and lasting for up to 8 weeks; and
  • Injections of Vivitrol, a formulation of Naltrexone, which are administered monthly.

However, while Naltrexone is extremely beneficial, there are several essential precautions to consider and things to avoid while taking Naltrexone post-detox.

Avoid Opioid Use While Taking Naltrexone

The number one rule, and perhaps the most evident, is the strict avoidance of opioids. Naltrexone's blocking ability means consuming opioids will not produce the desired euphoria. This might tempt some into consuming higher opioid doses in an attempt to bypass Naltrexone's blockade. This can lead to a dangerous overdose. The importance of this cannot be overstressed: while on Naltrexone, opioids must be entirely off the table.

Naltrexone and Pain Management Complications

Pain management becomes a nuanced issue for those undergoing Naltrexone Therapy. In cases of acute pain, such as post-surgical pain or after an injury, the usual opioid-based painkillers are ineffective due to the presence of Naltrexone. Thus, if you're on Naltrexone, it's crucial to make all healthcare providers aware so they can devise alternative pain management strategies. Non-opioid analgesics or other methods might be the recommended course of action in such scenarios.

Interestingly, while Naltrexone has also been used in treating alcohol dependence, it's crucial to exercise caution when consuming alcohol. Using Naltrexone and alcohol simultaneously, especially in large amounts, can put undue stress on the liver. For those on Naltrexone, frequent monitoring of liver function is preferred, and eliminating alcohol use is recommended.

Over-The-Counter Medications and Naltrexone

The world of over-the-counter (OTC) medications and herbal supplements is vast and varied. What many might not realize is that some of these products may contain opioid or opioid-like compounds. These can interact adversely with Naltrexone, negating its effects or leading to unexpected side effects. It's always a wise practice to thoroughly vet any OTC medication or supplement with a healthcare professional before consumption.


When to Stop Taking Naltrexone

Discontinuing Naltrexone should only be done under the supervision of your physician or addiction specialist. When you complete our Accelerated Opiate Detox and start Naltrexone Therapy at the Coleman Institute, our team of addiction experts will guide you on the best way to get off Naltrexone. Abrupt cessation can lead to an immediate resurgence of cravings, placing individuals at a heightened risk of relapse.

Get The Support You Need with Naltrexone Therapy

Engaging with one's environment and social circles while on Naltrexone demands a certain level of mindfulness. Previous triggers, such as certain places, people, or situations that were associated with drug use, should be approached with caution or avoided entirely. While the medication helps reduce physical cravings, the psychological pull towards opioids can still exist. It's crucial to cultivate a supportive environment that understands and respects the recovery journey.

Integrating a comprehensive recovery program with Naltrexone Therapy is essential, as it combines the medication's power to reduce cravings and block the effects of opioids with the psychological and social support necessary to rebuild a life free from dependency and addiction. This dual approach fosters resilience and equips individuals with the coping strategies and community connections critical for sustaining long-term recovery and improving their overall quality of life.

When used appropriately post-opioid detox, Naltrexone can be your lifeline. By being aware of potential pitfalls and arming oneself with knowledge, individuals can maximize the benefits of Naltrexone while ensuring their safety and setting the stage for a successful, long-term recovery.

Are you ready to take the next step and learn more about the Coleman Method for opioid addiction using Naltrexone Therapy? Schedule a callback to get more information, get an appointment, and get into recovery for opioid use.