Is it problematic to take Naltrexone in anticipation of drinking but then not to drink?

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I am going to an event where there may or may not be alcohol and I am hoping to take Naltrexone  as a safety precaution before hand. Is this possible to do if I end up not drinking there?

I appreciate your help and am grateful to have found this group!

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    Hi loobug

    Cannot say definitively as I am not a doc, but I'm sure my Hubby has been advised that nothing will happen its just a waste of a tablet

    Hope this helps



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    You will be fine, don't feel compelled to Drink because you have taken Naltrexone, there is no waste here, just more power to your elbow, it's a win win. AL

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    Thank you for the kind words, Loobug, I appreciate that a lot.

    It isn't medically damaging or anything if you take the naltrexone and end up not drinking, but try not to do it very often.  There are two reasons why I say this....

    Firstly, it means that you are blocking the endorphins from any activity that you do instead of drinking, and remember that the idea of TSM is that you allow your brain to realise that it is alcohol that is associated with the endorphin block and lack of reward.

    Secondly, to take the tablet presumably means that you experienced a craving or an urge to drink.  Taking the tablet is not curative on it's own and won't take you a step nearer finally extinguishing all of your cravings.  This only happens with the combination of naltrexone and alcohol BUT the good news is that it only takes one drink to release the endorphins and move you nearer your end goal. 

    Best to use the opportunity to take the one drink and be able to practise the mindful drinking part of TSM by then not continuing to drink.  Success stacks success and builds confidence in your drinking control by doing this, too!

    In this situation that you are approaching, it is absolutely the best thing to do to take the medication 'just in case'.

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      Thanks Joanna

      Great reply as usual. You've reminded me of a few good bits of advice there

      Loved the new video, don't know what you were worried about. Well delivered. Keep em coming

      Hubby is doing really well. I agree with your earlier comment it was so wonderful that he could join in with a proper toast at my Son's wedding. Our lives are completely different now thanks to TSM and your fantastic support

      JulieAnne xx

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      Thank you Joanna and to all of you for your helpful responses.  It's a relief to know I can take it as a precaution.  I will make sure to be careful in doing so and try not to do it often.

      I appreciate your help and I am grateful to have found this group.  I sincerely hope TSM will work for me.  I am on Day 4.  So far it seems to be working and I notice a difference when taking it in that I definitely do not feel the "satisfaction" I had previously when drinking.  That being said...I also feel a mild sense of loss?? I am generally an evening drinker and it is my stress relief--it seems that euphoria of the first "ahhhh" is gone.  I am going to have to train myself to accept this as it is better than the usual outcome which leads to continued drinking after the first glass or two.  I do not want to have to rely on alcohol at all.


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