What do y’all feel about Naltrexone to get over alcoholism?

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Hi there. I’m struggling with this nightmare myself. My doctor prescribed Naltrexone to help curb my physical cravings, and it has. However the psychological cravings are still a battle. I was a week sober, then had a couple of drinks thinking I could handle it. Flash forward 36 hours and a handle of vodka and 6 beers had suddenly disappeared. I need more help than just the medicine, but it is definitely one tool to help get sober. I hope that everyone who is struggling is able to overcome it. I keep trying and failing, and I’m 6 beers in already tonight, so I’ll have to start all over again tomorrow. Be well and hang in there. Peace.

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I’m in the same boat…a week of naltrexone, then started drinking while on it…but for me I’m able to stop at 2 beers or a beer and 200 ml of Vodka…hang in there…tomorrow’s the start of the rest of your life!

I’ve heard good things about it. Best to combo with some therapy or IOP if you can / are open to it.

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Makes sense

I can’t speak to Naltrexone but Antabuse helped me a lot if you’re looking to abstain completely. You take the pill and drinking isn’t even on the table for when you have those cravings kick in

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Interesting…thanks for letting me know…I think the difference from naltrexone is that it does not curb cravings per se…rather a really bad reaction if you drink while on it…interestingly also it looks like the effect lasts up to 2 weeks after one tablet…did you have any severe side effects btw?

The science says it’s very effective. But here’s the thing, it’s not really all that effective the way that most practitioners prescribe it. When taken daily, it also numbs your opioid receptors every day, so doing things like exercising become less pleasurable. Not a great thing for depressed people.

If you really want to delve into it, go check out the Claudia Christian Ted Talk and watch the movie One Little Pill.

I’m combining the Sinclair Method (which the Ted talk and movie discusses) with therapy and it’s working great. No magic bullet but it’s been a great path for me.

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