Fentanyl Addiction Treatment
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What is Fentanyl?
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid, meaning that it is created in a lab and functions similarly to other opiates like heroin and Percocet. In some cases, fentanyl is prescribed to patients in hospice or who suffer from severe, debilitating conditions which cause chronic pain. Medically, fentanyl is rarely used, except for in the most extreme cases. Unfortunately, fentanyl has found its way into the black market. Since it is cheaply and easily synthesized, drug traffickers and dealers use it to “cut” their products. For example, because fentanyl is cheaper and stronger, many dealers sell it as heroin.
Even long-time users are likely unaccustomed to the effects of fentanyl and can overdose on minimal amounts, especially when they are not aware that their drugs contain fentanyl. Fentanyl has shown up in tests of cocaine, heroin, and even counterfeit prescription pills all around the country, and unfortunately, users are often unaware of this added danger.
Fentanyl Addiction Treatment Programs at Lighthouse Recovery Institute
After completing medical detox, patients seeking treatment for fentanyl addiction enroll in inpatient drug rehab. This level of care offers structured therapy and support during the early stages of recovery.
Synthetic opioids caused nearly thirty thousand overdose deaths in the United States in 2017, and according to the CDC, fentanyl is the main culprit. Although fentanyl causes effects like effects of other opioids, such as heroin and OxyContin, it is fifty times more potent than heroin and up to one hundred times more potent than morphine, according to the DEA. Unfortunately, due to its powerful effects, fentanyl is responsible for thousands of accidental overdoses and fatalities in the United States. Fortunately, fentanyl addiction is treatable with the help of inpatient drug rehab or outpatient drug rehab.
Intensive Outpatient Treatment
Extended care options are available during intensive outpatient drug rehab for individuals who wish to continue therapy.
Outpatient treatment offers continuing support for patients in aftercare. Recovery is a long process, and patients need ongoing treatment as they transition to independent living. We offer these services through our outpatient/aftercare program.
Fentanyl Treatment Medications
Certain medications that can prevent cravings and treat post-acute withdrawal symptoms may be integrated into the course of treatment for patients recovering from fentanyl addiction.
Effects of Fentanyl Abuse and Addiction
Like many opiates, fentanyl causes short-term effects such as euphoria, drowsiness, slowed breathing, pain relief, nausea, itching, and delayed reaction times. However, it can also cause overdoses, even in tiny amounts. Signs that someone is suffering an overdose on fentanyl include purple, blue, or grey skin tone, unresponsiveness, labored, irregular, or slowed breathing, stopped breathing, and loss of consciousness. If you suspect someone had overdosed on fentanyl, or any other substance, immediately call 911.
Other adverse effects of fentanyl use and abuse include depression , lowered pain tolerance, relationship conflicts, addiction, organ damage, and increased risk of infection, abscesses, and communicable disease contraction in intravenous fentanyl users.
Identifying Fentanyl Use
Signs of fentanyl abuse can range in severity. Fentanyl is often a white powder, but it also comes in pressed tablets, patches, and injectable liquids. Any unidentified substances, such as powder or pills, could contain fentanyl. If you come across any unknown substance or paraphernalia (such as used syringes or blackened tin foil), it’s crucial that you contact your local emergency or police department so that it can be disposed of safely. Behavioral and physical signs of fentanyl abuse to look for include personality and behavioral changes, excessive sedation, “pinned” (very small) pupils, secretive or deceptive behaviors, track marks, the unexplained need for money or selling off valuable possessions, and marked personality shifts.
Fentanyl Detox and Withdrawal
Since fentanyl is an opiate, it is highly addictive and causes severe physical withdrawal in users who quit abruptly. Fentanyl withdrawal is like withdrawal from other opioids such as heroin. While it is rarely fatal (except in cases of severe dehydration caused by excessive vomiting and diarrhea), it can be extremely uncomfortable and even painful. Users may experience muscle aches and pain, difficulty sleeping, agitation, anxiety, depression, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive sneezing and yawning, severe cravings, restlessness, sweating, abdominal pain, and general achiness and discomfort. For most fentanyl addicts, undergoing medical detox is essential. In supervised facilities, individuals withdrawing from fentanyl are provided safe medications and monitoring to ensure that the detox process is as safe and comfortable as possible. Medications such as Suboxone, Ativan, or Valium may be used during the medical taper of Fentanyl under doctor supervision.
Fentanyl Treatment and Rehab
At Lighthouse Recovery Institute, we treat fentanyl addiction with a wide variety of evidence-based, holistic, and innovative therapies. Our modalities for fentanyl treatment include group therapy, individual therapy, CBT and DBT, relationship and family counseling, gym and nutritionist services, twelve-step support, and so much more. To truly combat addiction, patients need and deserve a compassionate and individualized approach to addiction treatment. That’s what we strive to offer each day at Lighthouse Recovery Institute. To get help for yourself or a loved one, call us today.
Our Fentanyl Treatment Program
Addiction has the potential to destroy lives. For the addict, it can cause desperation, unemployment, loss of values and relationships, health conditions, anxiety and depression, and even fatal overdoses. For those who love the addict, addiction causes fear, anger, mistrust, and a loss of the person they once knew. Fortunately, no one should live this way, and there is hope for people who suffer from addiction to fentanyl and other opiates.
In our treatment programs, we offer patients the opportunity to recover from fentanyl addiction as well as the tools necessary to sustain ongoing sobriety.
Patients learn coping skills, relapse prevention strategies, responsive regulation practices, and life skills. Also, patients address a range of issues and needs, ranging from PTSD or sexual trauma and grief resolution to medication management.
Will Insurance Cover Fentanyl Addiction Treatment?
There are a variety of Insurance plans today that cover will cover most of the cost of fentanyl rehab programs. If you or a loved one is considering entering fentanyl addiction treatment and are looking to obtain detailed information about your insurance plan, call our qualified and caring staff today. We are committed to helping you navigate this process and access the care you need.