Open Letter to a Potential Cure for Alcoholism: Naltrexone

Subject: Open Letter to a Potential Cure for Alcoholism: Naltrexone
From: Andrew Friedman
Date: 23 Mar 2019

Dear Naltrexone,

My first question is why. Why does most of the country not know about you? You, naltrexone, single-handedly have the power to improve the lives of millions of people living in the U.S. today. The Oxford University Press has reported on how you are scientifically proven to be an incredibly effective treatment for alcoholism, but hardly anyone is implementing you! You bind to opioid receptors in the brain, working to stop addiction by removing the pleasure usually received from drinking, allowing people to still drink while you help them. Additionally, you’re even more effective in people who use nicotine, so with this easier path to recovery you provide I am still amazed how the world doesn’t know your name. I understand that many rehab centers across the country primarily care about making money over the welfare of the patient, which I believe is the primary cause of your limited exposure. I hope that one day you will become a household name and save so many lives, but until that day comes people who know your name should continue to tell ad many people as they can about your potential.