ADDICTA: The Turkish Journal on Addictions
Invited Review

A Narrative Review on Bio-Physiology of Naltrexone Treatment in Pornography Addiction


Department of Neurochemistry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore, India


State Drug Dependence Treatment Centre, Institute of Mental Health, Pt BDS University of Health Sciences, Haryana, India


Department of Clinical Psychology, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore, India

Addicta 2024; 11: 112-116
DOI: 10.5152/ADDICTA.2024.23049
Read: 451 Downloads: 197 Published: 21 March 2024

Abstract: Problematic pornography use remains a debatable entity, with features overlapping behavioral addictions and impulse control disorders. The controversial nosological status also provides challenges in formulating management plans as there exists no proven pharmacotherapy. We reviewed the bio-physiological basis and available evidence for naltrexone for the management of pornography addiction. Evidence supporting naltrexone as a standalone or adjunctive treatment in pornography addiction is limited. The case report suggesting positive outcomes represents a heterogeneous clinical entity and thus cannot be generalized. More rigorous clinical trials are needed to establish naltrexone’s efficacy in the management of problematic pornography use.

Cite this article as: Ravish, H., Arya, S., & Sharma, M. K. (2024). A narrative review on bio-physiology of naltrexone treatment in pornography addiction. Addicta: The Turkish Journal on Addictions, 11(1), 112-116.

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