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The Innovative Naltrexone Implant


Naltrexone is an FDA approved drug that 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. Naltrexone can be taken daily in pill form or it can be medically implanted through minor out patient surgery in the form of a time release "pellet".


When the "pellet" is implanted the naltrexone slowly releases the medicine into the body for up to 6 months or longer, in most patients, depending on individual characteristics and metabolism. Once the physical cravings for the abused substance is 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 and trained surgeon in his surgical suite, requiring only local anesthetic, and takes 15 to 20 minutes. Specifically formulated and biodegradable, the 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. Most individuals are able to return to work the following day.

To learn more about Naltrexone please call (800) 957-2411

Naltrexone has been FDA approved for the treatment of opioid dependence since 1984, while being FDA approved for treating alcohol dependence since 1994.


What is Naltrexone implant?

This is a special formulation of Naltrexone, which is designed to release slowly over a 6-10 week period. It is placed under the patient's skin and so it is effective and does not allow the patient to forget or skip their medicine. We highly recommend it because it is so effective. 

Naltrexone is a pure narcotic antagonist. That is, it attaches to the endorphin or opiate receptors in the brain and completely blocks them. This means that if someone tries to use any kind of opiate while they are on Naltrexone, they feel no effect because all of the receptors are completely blocked.

We believe that Naltrexone therapy should be given for 12 months. This gives the patient a chance to have their brain physically recover from the damage from the narcotics. It also gives the patient an excellent chance to begin on the road to recovery.

Concidering risks, as with any medical procedure, there are some risks and potential problems. There are some potential side effects with the Naltrexone Implant including infection, irritation or inflammation. There is some risk of taking the Naltrexone Therapy without detoxification. 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. That's why at the Rehab Clinic Dr. Vorobiev the tests have been done in order to check the clarity of the organism.

Studies show that 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. In our experience, the fatal overdoses that we are 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 is also may be possible to overdose if the patients try to override their Naltrexone therapy.



Naltrexone treatment doesn't suit every drug addict. There are two certain criteria making a person eligible  for naltrexone program.

  1. The person must be clean out of opioids for at least 7–10 days before starting the treatment. The urine test for opioids must be negative. The candidate has to pass a naloxone challenge test, when he receives intravenous injection of Naloxone (short acting opioid antagonist),  followed by 20 minutes of monitoring for signs of withdrawal. No withdrawal symptoms means that the body is clean from opioids. Otherwise the risk of developing immediate acute withdrawal syndrome after receiving the full dose of Naltrexone is very high.                                                                           
  2. The person must be free from existing concomitant liver conditions, such as acute hepatitis or cirrhosis.

Usually Naltrexone is generally well tolerated. However, there are some side effects. The most common side effects include: mild sleep disorders, anxiety, skin rash, nausea, loss of appetite, low energy, headache.    Most of these symptoms usually occur during the first week of treatment.

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