The Innovative Naltrexone Implant
The Naltrexone Implant greatly reduces or eliminates cravings for alcohol and opiates for several months. Although the implant is not FDA approved, Naltrexone is FDA approved. The implant is an off-label route of administration of the implant.
The Kiloby Center does not prescribe or administrator medications of any kind. If a client requires medication including the implant, the Kiloby Center refers the client to an independent physician, usually Dr Lai.
How It Works
Naltrexone removes the euphoria, reinforcing effects, and physical cravings associated with alcohol consumption and opiate use. This quick outpatient procedure immediately begins to reduce the cravings for alcohol and opiates. Once the physical cravings for the abused substance are suppressed, patients are able to focus on their mental, emotional, and spiritual healing in order to successfully achieve a safe and sober lifestyle. This minimally-invasive outpatient procedure is performed by a board certified physician or other qualified health care specialist and requires only local anesthetic. The procedure takes about 15 to 20 minutes. Specifically formulated and biodegradable, the small implant is inserted just beneath the skin in the lower abdominal area. More importantly, within hours of receiving the Naltrexone implant, many patients report feeling complete freedom from cravings.
The Naltrexone Implant automatically administers the drug daily (approximately 12 mg of medicine per day), so clients don’t have to “remember” to take medicine or make an appointment to receive their dosage. With the opportunity of missing a dose eliminated, the chance of longer-lasting recovery from addiction is possible.
Are There Any Risks and Side Effects?
As with any medical procedure, there are some risks and potential problems. There is some risk of taking the Naltrexone Therapy before the detoxification is complete. If taken too early, Naltrexone will push people into a complete withdrawal state and if the detoxification is not completely over, then there will be some withdrawal symptoms. If done too early, these can be severe. The timing of the Naltrexone Therapy should be discussed in detail with each patient individually. It is to be expected that patients will feel some withdrawal symptoms but the Center’s treatment program can minimize these.
How long should I be on Naltrexone therapy?
Clients should be on Naltrexone therapy for at least twelve months. This prevents them from relapsing back to abuse and gives them a chance to start making changes in their lives and building up a support program.
What Is the Risk of Overdosing Following Treatment?
Studies show that there have been patients who have died following periods of abstinence from narcotics. This appears to be caused by lack of tolerance following a period of abstinence. Naltrexone is extremely good at making people abstinent but when the Naltrexone wears off, patients have a very low tolerance. It is extremely easy for them to use too much Heroin or other opiates and have an overdose which can be fatal. Patients need to understand this clearly and be extremely careful if they do relapse back to narcotic use. Dr. Lai performs the procedure. In Dr. Lai’s experience, the fatal overdoses that he is aware of have usually not happened on the first time of using and so patients need to be very careful for at least the first month. It also may be possible to overdose if the patients try to override their Naltrexone therapy.