Last updated: 04/2/2019
Author: Addictions.com Medical Review
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If you are suffering from naltrexone addiction, you will receive the most effective treatment in an inpatient setting. Naltrexone is one of the medications commonly prescribed to help individuals with opioid addiction, although it is also primarily used for alcohol use disorders.
It blocks the effects of opioids, decreases response to environmental cues to use, and lessens cravings. For those with alcohol use disorders, it decreases the desire for alcohol and blocks the euphoria associated with drinking.
Approved as a treatment for opioid addiction in 1984 and for alcohol in 1994, naltrexone is meant to be used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan. The primary risk of naltrexone is that it increases sensitivity to opiates.
When users are taking naltrexone, they do not take opioids because they cannot get high from them; the naltrexone blocks their effects. During the time they are not using, the bodies of opioid users lose much of their tolerance. Users who return to opioid use after a period of naltrexone use often overdose and die because they return to previously used amounts.
If you or a loved one have become addicted to naltrexone, it is time to take the first step toward recovery.
Why Does My Naltrexone Addiction Need Inpatient Care?
Naltrexone addiction has one benefit: you won’t have to deal with withdrawals. This can make detox more tolerable.
However, that won’t help you to cope with cravings, both psychological and physical. These can continue for some length of time. If you are part of an outpatient program, you face a higher chance of giving in to those cravings and relapsing.
An inpatient program places you in a drug-free environment preventing you from relapsing. Meanwhile, you are learning coping methods and developing prevention strategies to use when you leave treatment. Your chances of successful recovery are higher if you attend an inpatient program.
What Is the Main Benefit of Choosing Inpatient Care?
In addition to the benefits of training you to abstain and removing temptation, the biggest benefit of inpatient treatment is that it gives you an opportunity to isolate yourself from the messiness of your life and to focus fully on recovery.
Naltrexone addiction affects every part of your life, leaving relationships strained, your home in disarray, and your job upset. Trying to cope with treatment in such a chaotic setting may doom your recovery. By choosing inpatient care, you choose to remove yourself from the disorder and you benefit from that decision.
Can I Trust the Treatment Center to Maintain My Confidentiality?
Expect the same commitment to privacy from your inpatient rehab that you expect from your physician. All treatment programs have strict privacy and confidentiality policies in place and should you be concerned about it, they are happy to provide the policy and discuss it with you. Trust that no one will know about your treatment unless you choose to divulge the information.
How Long Will I Be in Treatment?
For best results, you should commit to a full 28 to 30-day program. This will allow you to receive the full treatment program and to undergo a full course of therapy, allowing you the full benefit of it. If your addiction is particularly severe, you may wish to increase the length and stay for 60 to 90 days. That may seem like a long time, but your addiction didn’t start over the course of a day or two; it took time. Dedicate the same amount of time to recovery.
Can I Attend Luxury Treatment?
If you choose to attend luxury rehab, you can count on the amenities that you would find at a five-star resort. You will not only receive the highest quality of naltrexone treatment, you will have access to in-house massage, gym facilities, maid service, a private room, and exquisite bed linens and towels. If you feel you would be more comfortable in such a setting, ask one of our advisers to connect you with a luxury care center.