Naltrexone is one of the most common medications for alcohol use disorder. It boasts a high success rate and is ideal for people who want to cut back, or change their drinking behaviors.
Naltrexone is best for:
- Limiting alcohol cravings
- Treating physical addiction
- Changing habits over time
- Establishing moderation as an option
How Does Naltrexone Work?
Naltrexone reduces your motivation to drink by blocking the pleasure effects of alcohol. It does this by limiting the endorphin rush many people get from drinking. Naltrexone was originally developed to treat opioid addiction, and although alcohol is not an opiate, the effect of naltrexone is similar.