Medication-Assisted Treatment for Fentanyl Addiction

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Understanding Fentanyl Abuse

Understanding Fentanyl Abuse Recovery

Fentanyl is an extremely powerful synthetic opioid that is most commonly used in hospitals or other healthcare environments to help individuals who are suffering from severe pain due to surgery, other medical procedures, or conditions such as cancer. Fentanyl is significantly more powerful than morphine, and its use is closely monitored to ensure that patients to whom it has been prescribed do not overdose or become dependent upon it.

Because fentanyl interacts with areas of the central nervous system that also control respiration, heart rate, and other essential functions, overdose can lead to cataclysmic results, including death. Unfortunately, as is the case with other opioids such as oxycodone, morphine, and heroin, the many dangers of unmonitored fentanyl use have not prevented many people from abusing it for recreational purposes.

Regardless of whether a person begins to use fentanyl for medical purposes or solely in a recreational capacity, the risk of dependence is always present. And when a person does become addicted to fentanyl, which is known clinically as opioid use disorder, overcoming the compulsion to continue abusing this drug can be extremely difficult to accomplish without effective, professional treatment.

Once a person’s body has become dependent upon fentanyl, stopping or significantly limiting one’s fentanyl use will quickly trigger a variety of distressing physical and psychological symptoms. This experience is known as withdrawal. The intensity of fentanyl withdrawal can overwhelm even the most fervent desire to free oneself from the chains of fentanyl addiction, and can quickly push a person even deeper into the downward spiral of continued fentanyl abuse.

Thankfully, there is an alternative to trying to endure fentanyl withdrawal on one’s own. Medication-assisted treatment, which is a type of professional care that combines various therapeutic interventions with the prescription of certain beneficial medications, has enabled thousands of men and women to end their dependencies upon fentanyl and other opioids. By participating in medication-assisted treatment at a licensed comprehensive treatment center, an individual can successfully achieve freedom from fentanyl addiction.

At Discovery House Comprehensive Treatment Centers of Rhode Island, we have a proud history of helping men and women overcome the compulsion to abuse fentanyl. The experienced and compassionate professionals who work at Discovery House Comprehensive Treatment Centers of Rhode Island provide both the medical oversight and the therapeutic assistance that help people to address the physical and psychological components of fentanyl addiction, and guide them through the process of making the lifestyle changes that will support lifelong recovery.

Types of Treatment Offered

Types of Treatment Offered for Fentanyl Abuse at our Rhode Island Comprehensive Treatment Centers

The programs within the Discovery House Comprehensive Treatment Centers of Rhode Island network provide medication-assisted treatment for adult men and women ages 18 and above who have become addicted to fentanyl and other opioids.

The men and women who choose to heal at Discovery House Comprehensive Treatment Centers of Rhode Island follow personalized treatment plans and work in close collaboration with teams of dedicated professionals, including  doctors, nurses, and counselors. Depending upon a thorough pre-admissions assessment and the identification of specific strengths, needs, and goals, a person’s treatment at Discovery House Comprehensive Treatment Centers of Rhode Island may include the following medications and therapeutic interventions:

Methadone: Methadone has been successfully incorporated into medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction for decades. Over the years, the use of methadone has been closely monitored and studied. During this time, researchers have documented its safety and effectiveness for both short and long-term use. Methadone interacts with receptors in the brain that are impacted by opioids such as fentanyl, but methadone does not cause a disorienting high. When a person who is addicted to fentanyl takes methadone as prescribed within the parameters of an approved medication-assisted treatment program, he or she can work, attend school, drive a car, and otherwise participate in daily life without experiencing the distressing withdrawal symptoms that he or she would otherwise develop.

Suboxone: Suboxone was approved by the by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002 for use in approved medication-assisted opioid addiction treatment programs. Suboxone consists of buprenorphine, which prevents the onset of fentanyl withdrawal, and naloxone, which prevents opioid abuse by triggering immediate withdrawal if a person abuses fentanyl, heroin, or similar substances. As is the case with methadone, individuals who take Suboxone will experience neither fentanyl withdrawal symptoms nor the disorienting high that would result from fentanyl abuse.

Subutex (Buprenorphine): Subutex is similar to Suboxone in that it contains buprenorphine, which prevents the onset of powerful cravings and other forms of physical and psychological distress that are associated with fentanyl withdrawal. Individuals who are prescribed buprenorphine as part of a medication-assisted fentanyl treatment program often begin by taking Subutex during their initial treatment, then transition to Suboxone when they enter the longer-term maintenance phase of their recovery.

Individual therapy: At Discovery House Comprehensive Treatment Centers of Rhode Island, we understand that medication is just one part of an effective comprehensive plan for overcoming fentanyl addiction. While medications can free individuals from the physical and psychological impact of fentanyl withdrawal, therapy can help people to make the changes that will lead to a healthier drug-free lifestyle. Individual therapy sessions are excellent opportunities for individuals to address the issues that may have led them into fentanyl abuse, or that have been impacted by their fentanyl addiction. Individual sessions occur in a confidential environment, and offer individuals the chance to receive personalized feedback from an experienced professional.

Group therapy: Groups are excellent complements to individual therapy sessions. During group therapy, a small number of people who are participating in medication-assisted treatment can share their thoughts and insights and learn from the experiences of others who have had similar challenges and who are also working to establish a foothold in early recovery. All group therapy sessions at Discovery House Comprehensive Treatment Centers of Rhode Island are supervised by experienced professionals who ensure that the sessions remain safe, structured, and supportive.

Why Consider Treatment

Why Consider Rhode Island Comprehensive Treatment Centers for Fentanyl Abuse

Fentanyl abuse and addiction can expose men and women to considerable physical, psychological, and socioeconomic harm. In addition to the ever-present risk of death from overdose, individuals who abuse fentanyl may also develop a host of other physical problems, including gastrointestinal distress and suppressed functioning of the immune system. The psychological impact of fentanyl abuse may include social withdrawal, paranoia, lack of motivation, and changes in personality. The combination of these physical and emotional effects can make it difficult for a person to maintain healthy interpersonal relationships, perform acceptably at work or in school, and otherwise meet his or her daily responsibilities. Failures in these areas can lead to loss of independence, financial distress, social withdrawal, and a pervasive sense of hopelessness or helplessness.

The good news, though, is that by participating in effective medication-assisted treatment at programs such as Discovery House Comprehensive Treatment Centers of Rhode Island, individuals can protect themselves from future damage and begin to heal from past harm that has resulted from their fentanyl abuse and addiction.

It is no overstatement to note that fentanyl addiction can be an extremely difficult challenge to overcome. But with professional care at Discovery House Comprehensive Treatment Centers of Rhode Island, men and women can find their way out of the darkness of fentanyl addiction and can experience the bright promise of long-term recovery.

To learn more about medication-assisted treatment for fentanyl addiction, contact Discovery House Comprehensive Treatment Centers of Rhode Island at your convenience. We look forward to providing you with the answers that you need so that you or your loved one can begin the journey toward a fentanyl-free future.