Naltrexone Addiction Related Topics

Naltrexone is the chemical name of a pill (brand name ReVia) and an injectable medication (brand name Vivitrol) used to help manage alcohol or opioid dependence. A commonly prescribed opioid receptor antagonist, naltrexone works to block the high which is associated with narcotic use. For this reason, medications like Vivitrol are often part of a medication-assisted treatment plan for people who are addicted to opioids or who struggle with alcoholism. Oftentimes people who have just completed a treatment program may receive a prescription for a once-monthly Vivitrol dose, as a part of their aftercare planning. As naltrexone blocks any form of euphoric high, people do not often misuse naltrexone.

If you or someone you love is addicted to alcohol or struggles to stop using opioids, don’t rely on naltrexone — real healing is closer than you think. Call The Recovery Village at 352.771.2700 to find a rehab center near you. Depending on where you seek treatment, and whether medications are a part of your specific care plan, naltrexone might be included in the program or as a part of your aftercare strategy. If you’re not familiar with naltrexone or its uses, the below topics offer some insight into how the drug works. Here you can learn more about naltrexone pills (and its injectable form), its several brand names and the drug’s interactions with alcohol.

Naltrexone Related Topics

Naltrexone PillsNaltrexone pills are part of a complete MAT approach to opioid misuse, and they can also be used to help treat alcohol use disorder.
Naltrexone and AlcoholNaltrexone works to block the pleasurable sensation that one gets either from drinking alcohol. Therefore excessive drinking on naltrexone is never a good idea.
Taking Naltrexone During Pregnancy: What You Need to KnowIf you are currently taking Naltrexone and you become pregnant, notify your doctor of the pregnancy as soon as possible. Also, you should never change your Naltrexone dose or treatment schedule without your doctor's supervision.