Beat Heroin Addiction With The Opiate Blocker That Kick-starts Recovery
Naltrexone Guarantees Opiates Are Ineffective, So Why Bother Using Them?
What is Naltrexone?
Naltrexone is a medical innovation designed to beat heroin addiction. It blocks the effects of heroin, methadone (Physeptone) and all other opiates, such as morphine, codeine, DF118 and Temgesic.
How does it work?
Naltrexone enters the brain and nervous system and attaches itself to small areas called receptor sites. For opiates to produce their effects, they must get to these same receptor sites. These receptors are part of the complex reward mechanisms that lead to addictive behaviours. Naltrexone stops heroin getting to them for up to a year via a simple non-invasive implant. If the reward is blocked, the craving and dependence behaviour reduces and new behaviours reassert themselves with time. It works well for opiate addiction and is a clear and evidenced way to beat heroin addiction.
Why take the Naltrexone route?
Naltrexone can kick-start the real recovery process by giving a heroin addict time to get totally through withdrawals painlessly. More importantly, an implant followed by immediate rehab attendance can ensure addicts will learn how to happily live without opiates. The longer the blocker, the longer the guarantee that using heroin or opiates will simply have no effect. So what is the point of going through all the expense, trouble, hassle and danger of using? No point at all! Research is clear! Addicts who utilise the Naltrexone blocker give themselves a huge advantage in the age old quest to beat heroin addiction.
How effective is it?
Completely – once addicts realise that smoking or injecting even several grams of heroin has no effect, they do not usually waste their money by trying again.
How long do the blockers last?
There are 3 months 6 months and 12 months blockers available. To beat heroin addiction comprehensively takes time and requires changes. Why rush the advantage when it can be acquired for up to a year at a time. We recommend the longer the better.
Is Naltrexone addictive?
Definitely not – it is not a drug. There are no withdrawal symptoms after the effects wear off.
Is it a new innovation?
No – Naltrexone has been used in the USA for over 40 years and in Britain for over 25 years, and is recognised as a legitimate pathway to recovery by household name rehabs such as Hazelden and The Betty Ford Clinic.
Does it have side effects?
Very few, and only in the very beginning and none of them serious. On the contrary, once an addict realises there is no point in using, the sense of freedom and acceptance is dominant. People always wonder if it will stop them enjoying life if their reward mechanisms are blocked but interestingly, in everyday circumstances it seems to have little or no impact. Instead, people are usually very happy and pleased to be opiate free and learning to enjoy life on its own terms again. After often many years of failure, addicts will finally see that they have found a way to beat heroin addiction. The relief and freedom is uplifting in all areas of life.
Who should think of implanting Naltrexone?
Anybody with an opiate addiction who wants to stop using. Whether the client is a first-time quitter, or a long-term serial relapser, all heroin addicts dice with death at all times. The Naltrexone route is a tremendous safety net and success percentage booster.
Is rehab needed as well?
We advise all patients that whilst a blocker is the kick-start, all other elements of rehabilitation are crucial to find a new, happy existence. SafeHouse is one of the few rehabs to openly encourage heroin or other opiate addicts to take the Naltrexone route to help beat heroin addiction. This is because one of the SafeHouse founders (a serial relapser who could simply not get more than a few weeks clean unaided) secured the life changing boost he needed by having a one year implant before embarking on a rehab recovery program.
Can addicts go directly from heroin or methadone to Naltrexone?
Yes, painlessly and seamlessly by using sedation or anaesthesia. SafeHouse has the medically certified contacts to arrange this as part of a package. However, if they can get themselves ‘clean’ for about five days from heroin and about seven days from methadone, they can usually start Naltrexone without further ado. A test dose will be provided under supervision, immediately followed by the implant.
Benefits and Risks of Naltrexone Implants
- Long term protection against relapse to opiates, which is a prerequisite to truly beat heroin addiction
- It blocks the effects of opiates; you cannot get ‘high’
- It stops the ‘shall I – shall I not use?’ dilemma because you know it is pointless to use
- It encourages you to psychologically move forward because there is little option to go back
- It gives you a safety net with which to practice everyday life without opiate use and a window of opportunity to re-establish a new lifestyle
- It protects you against overdose if you use while the implant is active
- It gives your relatives reassurance that you can beat heroin addiction without secretly relapsing.
- It can reassure the courts you are serious about rehabilitation from opiate use
- Greatly improves your chance of maintaining abstinence post detox, especially in the early stages. Research shows the longer you are abstinent the more likely you will remain so
- Naltrexone has a very safe profile with few side effects and is generally well tolerated
- Implant costs range from approximately £500 – 3 months to £2,000 – 1 year, a huge saving on the likely costs of using heroin for the same period
- You cannot get pain relief from opiates until 1-2 days after removal (e.g. after an accident), but there are alternatives for pain relief meanwhile. We provide a necklace advisory for attending doctors/first-aiders etc.
- Requires a minor surgical procedure under local anaesthetic. Very little residual bruising or discomfort.
- The implant site might get infected (low risk) e.g. less that 1%. Antibiotics would be needed
- You may get a ‘foreign body’ reaction with inflammation and/or abscess formation (low risk) e.g. 1-2%. It may need surgery and may take considerable time to resolve.
- The period of protection is approximate and varies between individuals
- When the implant is running out you are vulnerable to overdose and will have completely lost your tolerance to opiates – your ‘usual’ dose would probably kill you. Hence the need to be willing to not only beat heroin addiction, but learn to live again, even if that means repeat implants. To beat heroin addiction is an absolute; a must! So what if you need time and help? Survival is the endgame.
- Because opiates do not work anymore, without attending rehab or intensive counselling you may bounce to alcohol, stimulant, sedative or other drug use as a replacement. There is little point in replacing one addiction with another, so it’s important to get the implant and fly straight to SafeHouse rehab!