Dr. O Neil developed the OLANI specifically to help addicts after detoxification from opiates. Overcoming withdrawals, however achieved, is always a difficult process, but staying clean has proved infinitely harder.
The majority of people leaving traditional rehabilitation clinics in the United States remain drug free for less than a month. Other therapies offer better results, but not much. Addiction experts agree on one thing. That a period of 9 to 12 months drug free is the minimum time required to rebuild physically and mentally, and to have a real chance of lasting sobriety. This includes clinics that provide other shorter acting naltrexone delivery vehicles, who recommend multiple doses and the very real risk of noncompliance.
The OLANI offers genuine long lasting protection from making a mistake. It gives recovering addicts a second chance and a third chance………….A real opportunity to get it right. The OLANI also offers peace of mind, especially to those who have a close relationship to a recovering addict, by providing protection from overdose death for a year.
Anyone who can pass the naloxone challenge* can be fitted straightaway with an OLANI. This includes individuals who are currently using buprenorphine. (Those still using opiates, including methadone, should refer to the Detox section of the website.)
The procedure itself couldn't be simpler. Patients arrive on Day 1, and are met at the airport and taken to their hotel. The following morning, Day 2, they are taken to our clinic, where Dr. Stewart does the implant. The actual procedure takes less than 30 minutes, and is done under local anaesthetic. After a short recovery period patients are returned to their hotel. Typically patients go home on the afternoon of Day 2 or the morning of Day 3, depending on airline schedules.
In a small number of patients, the implants may cause irritation or inflammation at the site of administration as a result of an allergic response or other inflammatory processes. Allergic responses can generally be treated successfully with steroids.
There is a risk of infection with any surgical procedure. Patients are given antibiotics to prevent this, as well as a prescription for antibiotics to take for 5 to 7 days.
* The naloxone challenge involves giving someone a naloxone injection. If he or she still has any short acting opiate, including methadone, in their system, they will immediately go into full withdrawal.
Jessica's opiate story
"Coming to find out about Dr. O’Neils implant was the result of total desperation. I was using 2+ grams of heroin daily and every second of my life was miserable. I didn’t look forward to anything, my entire existence revolved around my dealer.
I had tried oral naltrexone in the past but I simply diverted it and lacked the motivation and will power at the time to take my medication instead of using. Later, I tried vivitrol with some success but quickly discovered it wore off about a week to a week and a half early. My cravings would return and during that last week I would end up on a bender of sorts. I decided after several months to try the two month implant. My initial response was positive but again, the medication did not last two months and several weeks prior to my next appointment cravings would return and relapse would follow.
I started doing research with my mom and we found out about Dr. O’Neil. I read about his implant, called the Olani that claimed to last a year. This seemed to be the best option for me. I wanted to feel protected for more then 6 weeks. I also didn’t want to keep having outpatient surgery every other month and having to take strong antibiotics was seriously disrupting my system.
Much to our disappointment we found out that the Olani implant was not available in the USA. My mom found a number for The Naltrexone Implant Center, located in Nassau, Bahamas. The next week we were on a plane. We met Ian at the airport and I had my implant the following day. Within 24 hours I noticed that I had absolutely zero cravings. The doctor who performed the procedure was very skilled and I healed very quickly. I returned home and started to rebuild my life. With every other implant or shot or pill I had taken in the past I would end up using, successfully, about halfway through. I really expected to experience a recurrence in cravings after 6 months based on my experience with other naltrexone products. However, that was not the case.
I celebrated a year of sobriety with a second implant from Nassau. I have noticed so many positive effects that I can’t attribute to anything other then the implant. My mood was uplifted, I didn’t have that deep sense of longing for opiates anymore. I truly felt free, and I felt hope. There was no clinic to visit every day, week or month. I was simply just ok. I was and still am happy. I am now two years out from using heroin. I feel stronger than I’ve felt in the past and I’ve been able to make progress in my life and pursue my goals. I believe in this product and I wish it was easier to access in the United States. Currently clinical trials are taking place, which is great but I can’t help but wonder how many people will loose their battle with addiction while those trials are being completed."
November 2018, Asheville,
RJ's Alive and Well
"I would be dead today if I had not gotten the (OLANI) Naltrexone Implant.
My journey of opioid addiction started at age 13.
Addiction 101 quickly teaches the art of deception; my maintenance level was 60 ten milligram Norcos a day. Like most seasoned addicts, I've tasted every drug out there.
One night I ingested Fentanyl-laced Heroin on the heels of a smorgasbord of other drugs.
My mom found me in respiratory arrest on my side porch. She did CPR while waiting for the rescue squad.
I have overdosed 11 times; 6 of those times my parents found me. I was life-flighted twice during the last year of my addiction, during my last stay in critical care, my mom was searching the internet for hope.
There she learned about the (OLANI) Naltrexone Implant.
The day I left the hospital, we dialed the number (844 818 6000) and a very knowledgeable man with a strong English accent (Iain) gave us hope.
Within a week we had passports and it was a simple outpatient procedure.
I was cured of addiction.
I am a year and half clean!
The Naltrexone Implant Center Rocks!"
January 2019, Alabama, U.S.A.