Treatments for Alcoholism-The Use of Naltrexone
For long, Naltrexone has generally been known for being such an effective treatment option for opioid addictions such as hard drugs like heroin addictions and the like. Naltrexone had had the effect of reducing the pleasurable sensations that followed the consumption of the substances and as such it reduced the craving there is for the use of the particular drug and motivation to continue using the drug reduced. Naltrexone has been found to have the same effects when used for those who may be addicted to alcohol. Even though the exact mechanism is not yet fully understood, what is known is that the brain interacts with alcohol in like manner to how it interacts opioids and Naltrexone as well does suppress the euphoria and the high feelings that alcohol has on an individual. The “reward” from the intake of alcohol is never felt by the users when they are on Naltrexone and as such they are less likely to continue the use of the same.
While there is such a history of success with the use of Naltrexone when it comes to the treatment of addictions to alcohol, it is to be noted that when taken alone, it doesn’t prove to be enough. By and large, the use of Naltrexone does not reduce the cravings for alcohol and as well will not reduce the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal. Generally, Naltrexone will be a lot more effective when it used in combination with the other approaches and forms of treatment to alcoholism and substance abuse such as therapies, medications, the 12 step program and counseling programs. By the way, Naltrexone has indeed proved to be so effective for the treatment of addictions more so for the cases which are of relapse.
Beware of overdose as it is absorbed in high quantities as it is through the liver, it can cause other health issues such as damage to the liver. As such, it may not be as good a prescription for the alcohol addicts who may be suffering from liver damage or liver cirrhosis.
Just as with any other form of medication and prescription, the use of Naltrexone should only be under the supervision of a physician. In case one happens to be done with the alcohol rehab and treatments, such as detox and have ceased the use of alcohol, it is supposed to be understood that the use of Naltrexone should be stopped.