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Fentanyl Addiction Treatment

What is Fentanyl?

Fentanyl is a synthetic prescription 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 suffers from severe, debilitating conditions that cause chronic pain.

Medically, fentanyl is rarely used, except in the most extreme cases. But, unfortunately, fentanyl has found its way into the black market. Since it is cheap and easy to synthesize, drug traffickers and dealers use it to “cut” their products. For example, because illegal fentanyl is more affordable and more durable, many dealers sell it as heroin.

Even long-term 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.

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

At Lighthouse Recovery Institute, we treat fentanyl addiction with various evidence-based, holistic, and innovative therapies. Our modalities for fentanyl treatment include group therapyindividual 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. So to get help for yourself or a loved one, call us today.

Medical Detox

Since fentanyl is an opiate, it is highly addictive and causes severe physical withdrawal in users who quit abruptly. Fentanyl withdrawal symptoms are similar to other opioids such as heroin. While it is rarely fatal (except in severe dehydration caused by excessive vomiting and diarrhea), it can be highly 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 SuboxoneAtivan, or Valium may be used during the medical taper of Fentanyl under doctor supervision.

Inpatient Treatment

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 opioid-related deaths in the United States in 2017, and according to the CDC, fentanyl is the main culprit. However, 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 powerful than morphine.

Unfortunately, fentanyl is responsible for thousands of accidental overdoses and fatalities in the United States due to its powerful effects. 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. In addition, IOPs offer the flexibility some people need to seek treatment and maintain personal and professional responsibilities.

Outpatient Treatment

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.

Learn More About Fentanyl Addiction

Fentanyl binds to receptors in the brain that increase the risk of drug addiction. People abuse fentanyl through nasal sprays, eye droppers, snorting, or injecting drugs. In addition, common medications involved in triggering responses in the central nervous system can be detrimental to someone’s mental health.

Signs of Fentanyl Addiction

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. Therefore, any unidentified substances, such as powder or pills, could contain fentanyl.

Come across any unknown substance or paraphernalia (such as used syringes or blackened tin foil). You must 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.

Side Effects of Fentanyl Abuse

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, 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, increased risk of infection, abscesses, and communicable disease contraction in intravenous fentanyl users.

Talk to an Admission Specialist

At Lighthouse Recovery Institute, we want our patients to feel comfortable in their environment to remain focused on what is truly important, their recovery. We’re here to answer any questions you might have about the risks of drug abuse and to learn more about alcohol or drugs addiction treatment.

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Our Treatment Center

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 and the tools necessary to sustain ongoing sobriety.

Patients learn coping skills, relapse prevention strategies, responsive regulation practices, and life skills. Also, patients address various issues and needs, ranging from PTSD or sexual trauma and grief resolution to medication management.

Will Insurance Cover Fentanyl Addiction Treatment?

There are various insurance plans today that 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.


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