Medication-Assisted Treatment for Fentanyl Addiction

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Understanding Fentanyl Abuse

Understanding Fentanyl Abuse Recovery

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid narcotic painkiller that is prescribed to those who have had surgery or another medical procedure conducted and require alleviation and/or prevention of pain. While fentanyl is comparable to morphine, the effects of this medication are more potent, which makes it so effective in helping reduce the presence of physical pain. Fentanyl works by linking to the opioid receptors in the brain. These receptors are located in areas of the brain that manage pain and emotions. As soon as fentanyl attaches to these opioid receptors, an increase in dopamine is released into the brain’s reward areas, which triggers the development of euphoria and relaxation. These effects are tremendously addictive, which is why fentanyl can be easily abused. Similar to the abuse of other opioids, when an addiction or dependence develops, it can be very hard to overcome on one’s own.

Luckily, there are treatment options that can help those who are addicted to and/or dependent on fentanyl stop this dangerous pattern of drug abuse. Medication-assisted treatment is one form of treatment that can help these individuals begin the process of recovery. This type of care includes the use of specific medications that are proven safe and effective in decreasing cravings, preventing painful withdrawal symptoms, and stopping the harmful effects that fentanyl can have on the user. By consuming one of these medications under the watch of a trained professional, individuals can develop the peace of mind that is required to take on the challenge of fully recovering.

At Temecula Comprehensive Treatment Center, our staff of expertly trained and skilled mental health and medical professionals are able to apply and monitor medication-assisted treatment so that all patients who are faced with overcoming a fentanyl addiction can do so in ways that give them their power back. At Temecula Comprehensive Treatment Center, we can help you gain a fresh start on your life.

Types of Treatment Offered

Types of Treatment Offered for Fentanyl Abuse at Temecula Valley Treatment Center

Serving as an outpatient care provider, we, at Temecula Comprehensive Treatment Center, supply medication-assisted treatment to women and men ages 18 and older who are battling fentanyl addiction. The compassionate and professional team of nurses, counselors, and doctors at Temecula Comprehensive Treatment Center work hard to ensure that each patient has his or her own personalized treatment plan that meets his or her needs. The many medication-assisted treatments and therapeutic services we supply at Temecula Comprehensive Treatment Center include:

Methadone: Methadone is effective because it triggers the same receptors in the brain that opioids do, but without causing the patient to experience the extreme high that is associated with fentanyl and many other opioids. Therefore, patients can consume this medication safely so that they can carry out everyday tasks, such as going to work or school, driving a car, and upholding responsibilities at home. Methadone has been extensively researched and its safety and effectiveness has been proven time and time again.

Suboxone: Suboxone has been approved for use in medication-assisted opioid addiction treatment programs by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Containing buprenorphine, Suboxone is capable of curbing cravings for continued fentanyl use as well as stopping the onset of painful withdrawal symptoms. This medication also contains naloxone, which helps prevent drug abuse and overdose. When taking Suboxone, patients will be unable to obtain a high.

Subutex (buprenorphine): Similar to Suboxone, Subutex also contains buprenorphine; however, it does not contain naloxone. The presence of buprenorphine allows individuals to be relieved of withdrawal symptoms and nagging cravings. However, since this medication does not contain naloxone, many patients chose to use it at the start of their treatment, and then switch to Suboxone for long-term maintenance.

Vivitrol: Vivitrol, unlike methadone, Suboxone, and Subutex, is injected once a month. This medication, which contains naltrexone hydrochloride as its primary ingredient, is able to prevent a patient from suffering painful withdrawal symptoms and cravings during his or her recovery.

Individual therapy: At Temecula Comprehensive Treatment Center, we feel strongly that in order for medication-assisted treatment to be as effective as possible, patients must participate in therapy as well. While medication works to handle the patient’s physical effects of his or her fentanyl addiction, therapeutic interventions like individual therapy can help address the psychological, behavioral, and emotional effects. Individual therapy occurs on a one-to-one basis with a trained counselor, and serves as a time for patients to work through the successes and setbacks they experience during recovery. Additionally, it can also be a time for patients to manage issues that come up as they work towards getting better.

Group therapy: Group therapy is an excellent addition to individual therapy in the sense that it allows patients to work with one another. At Temecula Comprehensive Treatment Center, group therapy sessions are created to help patients obtain supportive interpersonal interactions with one another within a therapeutic environment. By partaking in this form of therapy, those who are addicted to opioids like fentanyl can move forward in their recovery by obtaining and providing support and encouragement to and from other patients. Group therapy sessions are led by trained counselors who are experienced in providing a structured and educational environment for all participants.

Why Consider Treatment

Why Consider Treatment at Temecula Comprehensive Treatment Center for Fentanyl Abuse

Abusing a substance like fentanyl can cause people to become vulnerable to experiencing a variety of upsetting consequences. Those who abuse this substance can develop severe gastrointestinal issues, overwhelming sedation, and a depressed immune system. Psychologically, someone who is abusing fentanyl can develop a significant lack of motivation, which can lead to trouble at work, at home, and within their social lives. This lack of motivation can also cause unemployment, financial issues, social isolation, and more. When consuming fentanyl becomes one’s top priority, relationships with family and friends can begin to deteriorate, as well. Fentanyl abuse also tends to lead to paranoia, delusions, and hallucinations. Thankfully, there is treatment for this condition that can help stop these effects and/or prevent them entirely.

While defeating a fentanyl addiction can seem almost impossible for those who are stuck in the cycle of addiction, please know that it is possible to recover. At Temecula Valley Comprehensive Treatment Center, our talented team of experts are able to help you as you make your way towards a successful recovery. We can help you rebuild a happy, healthy life.