Naltrexone Implant – Heroin Treatment

Published by John Gillen | Last updated: 17th January 2023

Have you sadly found yourself struggling with a heroin or opiate addiction?

Have you previously attempted to overcome your addiction yet found that you struggled to remain sober?  Do you find the cravings you experience somewhat unbearable as you try to recover from an addiction?

If you have answered yes to any of the above questions, a Naltrexone implant could be a suitable form of treatment for you.


What Are Naltrexone Implants?

Naltrexone implants are by far the most superior form of opiate blockers that provide long-term protection against all opioid receptors.

The implants, which are inserted under the skin, come in various forms.  At Cassiobury Court, we typically provide pallet and tablet-based implants.

Effective for three months upon insertion, Naltrexone implants essentially prevent those in recovery from experiencing euphoric highs that are often associated with opiate drugs.  This means that cravings will gradually reduce, and, in turn, addictions can be successfully overcome.


What Addictions Can Be Treated With Naltrexone Implants?

At Cassiobury Court, Naltrexone implants are often provided to clients that have found themselves struggling with opiate drug addictions.  This is because, as touched on above, Naltrexone implants are considered to be one of the most suitable opiate blockers that essentially preserve an individual’s life.

In addition to being employed as a suitable form of heroin addiction treatment, Naltrexone implants are also ideal for individuals struggling with the following addictions.

  • Morphine addictions
  • Dilaudid addictions
  • Fentanyl addictions
  • OxyContin addictions
  • Codeine addictions
  • Alcohol addictions


Why Are Naltrexone Implants Suitable For Heroin Addiction Treatment?

Naltrexone implants are considered a highly suitable form of treatment for individuals who struggle with heroin addictions as the implant removes any cravings and desires for the drug.

As discussed above, as the implant begins to work, those suffering from addictions will find that they do not experience the highs that heroin usually provides them with.  In turn, they discover that they no longer crave the substance.

Although many are left concerned that Naltrexone implants only last for three months, please rest assured knowing that this gives the brain enough time to rewire and heal from the damaging repercussions caused by long-term opiate addictions.


How Are Naltrexone Implants Administered?

Administering Naltrexone implants requires the recipient to undergo a minor surgical intervention.

While this may seem rather daunting, it should be noted that the procedure is carried out under a local anaesthetic rather than a general anaesthetic.  This means that you will be awake throughout the procedure.

Before the procedure takes place, the area in which your implant will inserted will be prepared by a medical professional.  Here, a local anaesthetic will be administered, causing the area to feel numb.  Typically, the implant is inserted into the abdominal region.

As the procedure commences, the surgeon will make a small incision and insert the Naltrexone implant using a syringe.  Upon being inserted, a number of stitches will be added to ensure that the incision made heals.  A sterile bandage will then be placed over the wound.

In the days following the administration of the implant, you will meet with the surgeon and medical staff for a follow-up procedure.  This will ensure that the site is healing well and will also ensure that the risk of infection is minimised. Seven days after the procedure, your stitches will be removed.


Is Other Treatment Required Upon Receiving A Naltrexone Implant?

When you attend our private residential rehab, your Naltrexone implant will essentially form part of a more comprehensive treatment programme.

Although the Naltrexone implant effectively blocks the effects of drugs, including heroin, the implant cannot treat the physical and psychological side effects that you may have come to experience as a result of your addiction.  Considering this, you will need to complete a standard rehabilitation programme upon receiving your Naltrexone implant.

Upon entering our rehab, you will be required to undergo a medically induced detoxification prior to receiving your Naltrexone implant. This is because you will need to withdraw from drugs such as heroin in order to embark on your addiction recovery.  Five days after commencing a detox programme, your Naltrexone implant will be fitted.

As and when your implant is fitted, you will then move onto rehabilitation.  As touched on above, Naltrexone implants do not treat underlying psychological issues that fuel your addiction. In order to treat these psychological issues, at Cassiobury Court, we provide a range of therapies to our clients.

For instance, during therapy sessions, we help you identify cues and triggers that encourage your opiate addiction. As you work with our recovery specialists, you will develop various strategies that will enable you to avoid a relapse and better manage any triggers that you may encounter in the future.

In addition to providing you with the treatment that you need throughout your time in our rehab, we will continue to support you in your recovery as you leave our centre with 12-months of free aftercare support.


Why Do I Need To Undergo Detox Before My Naltrexone Implant Is Fitted?

Having gained an understanding of the treatment that you will additionally receive when your Naltrexone implant is fitted, you may be left asking why you will need to undergo five days of detoxification treatment first.

Put simply, inserting a Naltrexone implant before being provided with detoxification treatment could cause you to experience somewhat severe withdrawal symptoms that often have damaging consequences on an individual’s health.

Furthermore, as noted above, Naltrexone implants do not alleviate the overall ramifications that addictions have.  With this in mind, Naltrexone is considered to be a suitable post-detox procedure.


Contact Cassiobury Court Today

If you are interested in finding out more about our Naltrexone implant treatment for heroin addictions, please feel free to contact us today.

Likewise, if you have any questions regarding the treatment that we provide for heroin or other drug addictions, please call us.  Our admissions team is on hand to answer any questions you may have.

You can either call us on 01923 369 161 or email us at

John Gillen

John Gillen - Author Last updated: 17th January 2023

John Gillen is a leading addiction treatment expert with over 15 years of experience providing evidence-based treatment methods for individuals throughout the UK. John also co-authors the book, The Secret Disease of Addiction, which delves into how the addictive mind works and what treatment techniques work best.