Medication-Assisted Treatment for Fentanyl Addiction

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Understanding Fentanyl Abuse

Understanding Fentanyl Abuse Recovery

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid pain medication that is most often prescribed to help reduce and prevent pain stemming from a surgical or medical procedure. This narcotic substance is often compared to morphine; however, the effects of it are more potent, which makes it highly effective in decreasing pain.

Fentanyl works by binding to the opiate receptors in the brain, which are found in parts of the brain where pain and emotions are controlled. As soon as fentanyl attaches to these opiate receptors, the level of dopamine in one’s brain increases in the reward centers, leading to the development of feelings of euphoria and relaxation. These pleasing effects and increasingly addictive properties of this substance make it one that is easily abused. Once an addiction or dependence upon fentanyl has been established, it can be exceptionally challenging to defeat.

Thankfully, there are treatments that can help you if you are abusing fentanyl. Medication-assisted treatment is one of those treatments and it can help you make your first strides towards recovery. This specific kind of care incorporates the use of specific medications deemed effective in minimizing cravings, preventing significant withdrawal symptoms, and stopping the effects that come along with continued fentanyl abuse. By consuming these medications under the watch of certified professionals, you can begin to develop the clarity of mind needed to successfully move along in your journey towards recovery.

At Desert Comprehensive Treatment Center, our skilled and trained team of mental health and medical professionals is able to implement and supervise this form of care so that you can begin to regain control in your life. Desert Comprehensive Treatment Center strives to help you uncover a life filled with happiness and good health that is free from the confines of fentanyl addiction.

Types of Treatment Offered

Types of Treatment Offered for Fentanyl Abuse at Desert Comprehensive Treatment Center

As a group of providers who specialize in offering outpatient care, Desert Comprehensive Treatment Center provides medication-assisted treatment for women and men ages 18 and older who are grappling with a fentanyl addiction. These highly trained and understanding counselors, nurses, and doctors are devoted to developing personalized treatment plans that are individualized to meet your specific needs. The variety of medication-assisted treatments and therapies that you can participate in at Desert Comprehensive Treatment Center can include the following:

Methadone: Extensive research has documented the safety and effectiveness of using methadone as a part of opioid addiction treatment when it is used appropriately. Methadone works with the same receptors in the brain that are triggered through the presence of fentanyl and other opioids, but methadone does not cause the same euphoric high to develop. Therefore, you can consume methadone and still conduct business, attend school, operate a vehicle, and so on without being impaired or struggling with all-consuming cravings for fentanyl or the distressing symptoms of withdrawal that can occur.

Suboxone: Suboxone is a medication that has been approved for use in medication-assisted treatment programs by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This medication works by diminishing cravings of fentanyl and preventing withdrawal symptoms without causing you to experience the high that results from fentanyl abuse. Suboxone, the brand name for the combination of both buprenorphine and naloxone, is capable of providing relief from cravings and withdrawal symptoms and preventing abuse and overdose.

Subutex (buprenorphine): Similar to Suboxone, Subutex contains buprenorphine, which is effective in alleviating cravings for fentanyl and symptoms of withdrawal without causing a disorienting high such as that produced through the abuse of fentanyl and other opioids. Unlike Suboxone, however, Subutex does not contain naloxone. As a result, many medication-assisted treatment programs will likely have you begin your treatment on Subutex and then transition to Suboxone for long-term maintenance.

Individual therapy: At Desert Comprehensive Treatment Center, we feel that for medication-assisted treatment to be successful in the long run, therapeutic interventions are required to help you if you are grappling with a fentanyl addiction. While medication works to offer you mental clarity and cognitive relief by reducing the physical symptoms of addiction, individual therapy can play the vital role of uncovering the psychological, emotional, and behavioral issues that either led to the start of your fentanyl use or that have been exacerbated by your use. Individual therapy is designed to allow you to work with a counselor in a one-on-one setting to discuss your progress in the program, as well as to handle any issues that might arise.

Group therapy: In addition to the one-on-one therapy sessions that you will receive through individual therapy, Desert Comprehensive Treatment Center also supplies group therapy sessions that are designed specifically to offer helpful and supportive interpersonal interactions within a monitored therapeutic environment. By engaging yourself in group therapy with others who are sharing in similar struggles with fentanyl addiction or an addiction to another substance, you can begin making progress in your recovery journey by receiving and offering personal insights, support, and encouragement amongst your peers. All group therapy sessions are run by counselors who are trained in supplying informative, structured, and empathetic sessions that are secure and productive experiences for all involved.

Why Consider Treatment

Why Consider Desert Comprehensive Treatment Center for Fentanyl Abuse

Fentanyl abuse can cause you to become susceptible to grappling with any number of detrimental consequences. From a physical standpoint, if you are abusing this drug, you are putting yourself at risk for experiencing gastrointestinal problems, overpowering feelings of sedation, and a depression of your immune system. Fentanyl abuse can cause lead to the development of a lack of motivation, changes within your personality, and becoming unable to carry out obligations and responsibilities at work, which can lead to unemployment or demotion. Financial issues have also been known to develop in the wake of fentanyl addiction, and increased levels of paranoia and significant mood changes have also been known to occur. Furthermore, you are in jeopardy of experiencing hallucination and delusions when abusing fentanyl, as well. Thankfully, however, by getting the appropriate treatment at a center or within a hospital setting, you can decrease these detriments from being present in your life, if not avoid them altogether.

While defeating a fentanyl addiction can seem entirely overwhelming and almost impossible if you are feeling trapped within your addiction, it is imperative to know that there are ways to overcome it. At Desert Comprehensive Treatment Center, our devoted and experienced experts are ready to help you as you make the life-saving decision to face your addiction, let go of your compulsion to use this toxic substance, and begin living a happy, healthy, recovered life.