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Naltrexone Implants - Heroin Treatment

Are you living in the United Kingdom and suffering from an opiate addiction? Perhaps you are familiar with the torment of wanting to stop taking opiates but the physical cravings for these drugs are too much to ignore. Or perhaps you have tried other forms of opiate treatments but overpowering cravings caused your efforts to result in failure.

If this describes your situation, you may benefit from a little-known implant which eliminates physical and psychological cravings experienced by people suffering from an addiction to opiates. This implant lasts for around a 3 months once it is surgically inserted. During this period, the patient will not experience cravings. This gives the brain enough time to rewire and heal itself from the damaging effects caused by long term opiate addiction.

What are Naltrexone implants?

Naltrexone implants are by far the most superior form of opiate blockers i.e. opioid antagonists. A small pellet is inserted into the abdominal region and works by blocking the effects of opiate drugs. The pallet contains Naltrexone. Once inserted, Naltrexone is slowly inserted into the host's bloodstream. This provides a long-term and gradual protection of all opioid receptors. 

Naltrexone acts as a powerful guard for opiate receptors. This means the 'euphoric' high associated with opiate abuse will no longer be experienced when an opiate is administered. Thus, opiate addicts experience reduced cravings to take opiates. Night sleep is better, and also the patient's mood is significantly improved.

Specific addictions we treat with Naltrexone

Below we list some of the drug addictions that may be treated with Naltrexone:

  • Heroin addiction
  • Morphine addiction
  • Dilaudid addiction
  • Fentanyl addiction
  • OxyContin addiction
  • Codeine addiction
  • Alcohol addiction

What happens during and after the operation?

Naltrexone implants involve a minor surgical intervention. The patient lies down on a surgical bed and a small area on the skin is prepared for the intervention. Once the surgeon and patient have agreed upon the insertion site, the operation takes place. The insertion site is typically the lower abdomen region around the belly button region since no scars will be visible following the treatment. Before the operation takes place, the skin will be prepared using antiseptic solution. A local anaesthetic is then administered prior to the incision.

Then a special channel is created in the patient's skin for the insertion of the Naltrexone implant. The implant is inserted using a syringe. The implant is either a pallet or tablet depending on the manufacturer of the implant. Once the implant is inserted, 2-3 stitches are added to the affected region using a sterile bandage. The follow-up procedure is to take care of the implant area and bandages. Bandages must be replaced on a regular basis to avoid infection. On the seventh day, the stitches are removed. The patient must avoid heavy lifting and intensive sports for at least eight weeks following the completion of the operation.

Rehabilitation and psychological treatment

When you attend Cassiobury Court's revolutionary opiate rehab centre in London, your Naltrexone implants form part of a wider treatment programme. You receive an initial Subutex assisted detox followed by an extensive psychotherapeutic rehabilitation. Please be aware that Naltrexone implants do not treat opiate withdrawal symptoms, and so a traditional opiate detox will still be required. Your Naltrexone implants will be inserted

Please be aware that Naltrexone implants do not treat opiate withdrawal symptoms, and so a traditional opiate detox will still be required. Your Naltrexone implants will be inserted on the fifth day of your detox. Thus, Naltrexone implants must be considered a post-detox procedure.

Why must you wait five days? Because inserting Naltrexone too early will cause you to experience a full blown opiate withdrawal with potentially damaging consequences for your health.

Naltrexone implants also do not treat underlying psychological issues that fuel your addiction. To treat these psychological issues, we provide you with a range of therapies. For instance, during therapy sessions, we help you identify cues and triggers that encourage your opiate addiction. We then arm you with strategies to avoid and better manage these cues and triggers so you develop the required psychological strength to avoid relapse.

Opiate addiction essentially serves as a maladaptive coping strategy. Drug use acts as a 'need fulfilment.' If you stop taking opiates, it's likely these needs will go unfulfilled. If you are not taught to fulfil these needs in healthier ways, relapse remains a significant risk during the first 12 months of your recovery. To ensure these psychological needs are met, we help you identify these needs and then arm you with strategies to fulfil these needs using healthier outlets that do not involve opiate use.

Getting help today

To learn more about our Naltrexone treatment, contact us today on 0800 500 3129 or submit an enquiry through this website.

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