Drug & Alcohol Relapse Prevention Yorkshire
The New Life Centre offers mental health retreat services that provide a respite from daily life stresses allowing us to focus on our wellbeing in a serene and tranquil environment.
When we are in the midst of mental health challenges, it is understandable that we may become frustrated when previous assessment or treatments haven’t proven effective in getting us better. The commotion of daily life, with its distractions and demands, can work against our efforts to regain balance and control.
If you are considering entering treatment for addiction, you may be wondering what exactly to expect and how our specialised services may help. Our substance misuse practitioners and therapy team are professionals with specialised training and integrated skills that may help in a variety of ways.
Naltrexone is an opioid blocker and can cut cravings. It works by blocking the pleasure effects of opioids in the brain. At the right levels, Naltrexone can cancel out the opioid ‘highs’ and may reduce general cravings in other addictions such as alcohol as well.
Naltrexone can be given by a monthly injection into the muscle (intramuscular), similar to a vaccination. Naltrexone injections are FDA approved in the USA under the brand name ‘Vivitrol’ for relapse prevention for both alcohol and opioids. When naltrexone is used in relapse prevention for alcohol, higher concentrations are often needed in the blood as compared to opioids.
The monthly injection should provide consistently high concentrations in the blood that may help reduce craving, reduce the pleasure effects and can make you feel unwell if you drink alcohol, whilst removing the temptation to ‘miss a pill’. We may recommend naltrexone injections following a clinical assessment. Naltrexone implants may be another recommended option for opioids only.