Medication-Assisted Treatment for Fentanyl Addiction

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Understanding Fentanyl Abuse

Understanding Fentanyl Abuse Recovery

Fentanyl is a powerful opioid that is most commonly prescribed to individuals who have been experiencing severe pain, typically in the aftermath of surgery or because of a serious medical condition such as cancer. Fentanyl is exponentially more powerful than morphine and, as a result, is usually used only in hospital settings where its use can be closely monitored.

Unfortunately, the pleasurable effects of fentanyl, which include numbness to pain, elevated mood, and sense of euphoric relaxation, make the drug an enticing choice for individuals who are seeking a recreational high. Given the ever-present risk of overdose, and the likelihood that continued use will lead to addiction, the recreational use of fentanyl is an extremely dangerous behavior.

When a person ingests fentanyl, the drug interacts with areas of the central nervous system that are involved with automatic functions such as heart rate and respiration, which heightens the dangers of overdose. The addictive nature of fentanyl, and the powerful cravings that can overwhelm a person once he or she becomes dependent, can quickly trap a person in a downward spiral of continued fentanyl abuse.

Once a person has become dependent upon fentanyl, he or she may find it virtually impossible to stop using the drug without professional help. Trying to end one’s use of fentanyl on one’s own can be an excruciating experience. Within a short period of time following one’s last use of fentanyl, a person may experience a variety of distressing psychological and physical symptoms. This experience is known as fentanyl withdrawal.

Without effective professional help, withdrawal symptoms such as agitation, paranoia, extreme abdominal cramping, nausea, diarrhea, and a host of other unpleasant experiences can quickly push a person back into fentanyl abuse.

However, when a person who has become dependent upon fentanyl receives medication-assisted treatment at a program such as Winston-Salem Comprehensive Treatment Center, he or she can stop using fentanyl without experiencing the pain of withdrawal.

Types of Treatment Offered

Types of Treatment Offered for Fentanyl Abuse at Winston-Salem Comprehensive Treatment Center

At Winston-Salem Comprehensive Treatment Center, experienced professionals provide both the medical oversight and the therapeutic assistance that can free a person from the chains of fentanyl addiction and can empower him or her to successfully achieve a healthier fentanyl-free future.

The medication-assisted treatment program at Winston-Salem Comprehensive Treatment Center is designed for adult men and women, ages 18 and above, who have been addicted to fentanyl or other opioids, typically for at least one year.

When a man or woman enters treatment at Winston-Salem Comprehensive Treatment Center, he or she will complete a thorough assessment that will serve as the basis for his or her personalized treatment plan. While following their personalized medication-assisted treatment plans, individuals who are receiving care at Winston-Salem Comprehensive Treatment Center will collaborate with teams of professionals including physicians, nurses, counselors, and other experts.

Depending upon the specifics of an individual’s personalized medication-assisted treatment plan, his or her care at Winston-Salem Comprehensive Treatment Center may include the following medications and therapeutic activities:

Methadone: Medication-assisted opioid addiction treatment programs have been successfully using methadone for decades. Over the years, this medication has been closely studied and extensively documented, and has proved to be safe and effective for both short-term and long-term use. Methadone interacts with the receptors in the central nervous system that are impacted by fentanyl abuse. When a person who has been addicted to fentanyl takes methadone as part of a medication-assisted treatment program, he or she will not experience fentanyl withdrawal symptoms, nor will he or she experience the disorienting high that results from fentanyl abuse. Thus, the individual can attend school, go to work, drive a car, and otherwise meet his or her daily responsibilities.

Suboxone: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Suboxone for use in medication-assisted treatment programs for opioid addiction in 2002. Suboxone consists of two ingredients: buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine’s effect is similar to that of methadone, preventing the onset of cravings and other withdrawal symptoms and allowing an individual to function in a productive manner. Naloxone prevents an individual from abusing fentanyl or other opioids by triggering withdrawal symptoms if a person ingests opioids.

Subutex (Buprenorphine): As with Suboxone, Subutex allows a person who is being treated for fentanyl addiction at Winston-Salem Comprehensive Treatment Center to avoid the distress of withdrawal without experiencing the disorientation of opioid abuse. A person whose medication-assisted treatment includes buprenorphine will often start with Subutex, and then transition to Suboxone during the maintenance phase of his or her treatment experience.

Individual therapy: While medications allow individuals to experience mental clarity and improved physical health, individual therapy provides the support and guidance that can help a person to make the lifestyle changes that will support long-term recovery. One-on-one sessions with experienced professionals at Winston-Salem Comprehensive Treatment Center are ideal opportunities for individuals in treatment to identify and address the personal issues that may have contributed to or been impacted by their fentanyl abuse, to process successes and setbacks, and to receive personalized guidance and feedback.

Group therapy: Group therapy sessions complement individual therapy sessions, and provide an opportunity for individuals in treatment to share their insights, learn from the experiences of others, and practice healthy interpersonal communication skills.  Group sessions at Winston-Salem Comprehensive Treatment Center are structured and supportive environments where individuals in treatment can benefit from the strength of the recovery community, form productive bonds with others who are in early recovery, and receive guidance and direction from experienced professionals.

Why Consider Treatment

Why Consider Winston-Salem Comprehensive Treatment Center for Fentanyl Abuse

Abusing and becoming addicted to fentanyl can put men and women at risk for considerable physical, psychological, and socioeconomic harm. Physical damage from untreated fentanyl abuse can include gastrointestinal distress, cardiovascular problems, and diminished functioning of the immune system, as well as death from overdose. The psychological impact of untreated fentanyl addiction can include paranoia, diminished motivation, and changes in personality, which can lead to social withdrawal or ostracization and a pervasive sense of hopelessness. The combination of these mental and physical setbacks can make it extremely difficult for a person to make academic progress, get and keep a job, maintain financial independence, and otherwise participate in a healthy, productive, and satisfying lifestyle.

When a person who has been struggling with fentanyl addiction enters treatment at Winston-Salem Comprehensive Treatment Center, he or she can begin to heal from past damage while avoiding future harm.

For more information about medication-assisted treatment for fentanyl addiction, please feel free to contact Winston-Salem Comprehensive Treatment Center at your convenience. We look forward to providing you with the answers that you need in order to make the best decisions for yourself or your loved one.