Naltrexone is a medication used to treat both opioid and alcohol use disorder. It is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and can be used as a medication-assisted treatment (MAT). MAT is the use of medications—often in combination with therapy—to treat addiction.
Naltrexone works by binding to and blocking the opioid receptors in the body, preventing the euphoric and sedative effects of substances. If someone uses opioids or alcohol while on it, they won’t feel high. Taking this medication also helps prevent cravings when a person comes off either opioids or alcohol.
Naltrexone is available in pill form for alcohol use disorder, and in an injectable form for either alcohol or opioid use disorder. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), there is no potential for misuse or diversion.
MAT is an effective treatment for addiction. It helps reduce intense cravings and withdrawal symptoms, so people can focus on recovery.
If you are struggling with a substance use or mental health disorder, there is help and hope. TruHealing Centers offers high-quality treatment for addiction and mental health disorders in facilities across the country. We offer MAT (Naltrexone and Buprenorphine/Naloxone). To learn more, call an admissions specialist at 410-593-0005.