Buprenorphine/naloxone (known by it’s common brand name, Suboxone) is the gold-standard treatment for opioid addiction. So if your friend, family member, or significant other is now receiving the gold standard of care, you should feel some relief. But medication for addiction recovery comes with a stigma that often results in concern from loved ones.
Naltrexone can completely block the euphoric and pain-relieving effects of opioids, helping to deter opioid misuse by erasing the ability of a user to get high. It begins working slower and is longer lasting, so it won’t help in an overdose, but can help to manage an opioid use disorder. And, unlike naloxone, naltrexone can also be used in the treatment of alcohol use disorders.
From movies like Deadpool to standup to TV sitcoms, the image of someone chasing away traumatic memories with a drink, a snort, or a shot has become a staple of pop culture. The result is that most people know that drug use, especially compulsive drug use, is tied to trauma—but they may not understand why, or how serious this reality truly is.