You absolutely can, and SHOULD!!! It took me a year to figure out that you are supposed to take this medication EVEN if you relapse. I used to stop taking it if I relapsed. I recently relapsed and continued taking the medication. Let me first say that I have not taken a drink without ending up in a detox for at least 5 years. Recently I had a relapse while on the medication. I bought 3 high alcohol beverages, drank two and did not drink the 3rd. That in itself is a miracle. I had no cravings to drink in the morning, again, unbelievable. I took my dose that day and then drank the 3rd that night. I haven't drank anything for a week. I did get a buzzed feeling, but it is different. I had none of the accelerated drinking that is usual for me. I drank two, got a slight buzz and then chilled and went to sleep. You don't get the dopamine rush that drives the obsession to drink more. I have long said that AA does not help me.
I have said this to everyone, despite being in AA for 15 years. AA works for a lot of people and it is a great help, but it should not be touted as the industry standard. Lazy, uninformed substance abuse specialists need to think outside of the box. The abstinence model never worked for me. THANK GOD I have found another option. I honestly believe I have finally found the missing piece of my recovery program. I continue AA, but am disappointed that anything less than abstinence is frowned upon. Mental health + AA + Naltrexone is working for me.
- Naltrexone Information for Consumers
- Naltrexone Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Naltrexone (detailed)
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