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Understanding Fentanyl Abuse

Understanding Fentanyl Abuse Recovery

Fentanyl, an opioid painkiller, is frequently used to help relieve and ward against pain that develops post-surgery or after a medical procedure. While sometimes compared to morphine, Fentanyl is a much more potent substance, which makes it effective in alleviating severe and/or chronic pain. Fentanyl is effective because it attaches to opiate receptors in the brain. As soon as Fentanyl binds itself to these receptors, dopamine floods through the brain and causes the individual to feel relaxed and euphoric. These desirable effects, combined with the addictive properties of Fentanyl, make it a drug with a high potential for abuse. As soon as an individual has become addicted to or dependent upon Fentanyl, it can be exceptionally challenging for him or her to recover on his or her own.

Luckily, there are a number of treatment options that can help individuals who are abusing Fentanyl stop their dangerous abuse of this substance. Medication assisted treatment is one of the leading types of care for treating prescription painkiller addiction, as it has proven to be instrumental in allowing individuals to achieve long-term recovery. Medication assisted treatment includes the use of specific medications that are effective in decreasing cravings, fighting off painful withdrawal symptoms, and stopping the damaging effects of opioids that develop in response to continued opioid abuse. When taking one of these medications while being monitored by a qualified professional, individuals can begin to develop a clear mindset that will help them make progress in their recovery journeys.

At Sandhills Comprehensive Treatment Centers, our knowledgeable and skilled staff of medical and mental health professionals is dedicated to put supplying this type of care so that the women and men who are battling Fentanyl addictions can begin taking back control of their lives. Here, at Sandhills Comprehensive Treatment Centers, we want to help you see how rewarding it can be to live a recovered life that is filled with good health, free from the grips of addiction.

Types of Treatment Offered

Types of Treatment Offered for Fentanyl Abuse at North Carolina Comprehensive Treatment Centers

A network of outpatient providers, Sandhills Comprehensive Treatment Centers supply medication assisted treatment for adults aged 18 and older who are grappling with the challenges of Fentanyl and other opioid addictions. Our team of highly talented and compassionate nurses, doctors, and counselors work tirelessly to ensure that each patient’s treatment is individualized to his or her unique needs. The medications and therapeutic interventions provided at Sandhills Comprehensive Treatment Centers include:

Methadone: Extensive research has proven the safety and effectiveness of consuming methadone within a medication assisted treatment program that treats opioid addiction. Methadone is safest when taken under the supervision of a certified provider. This medication is capable of latching onto the same receptors in the brain that other opioids do, but without producing the same high. Therefore, those who consume methadone are still able to take care of their daily tasks, such as going to work or driving a car, all without being high or suffering from disruptive cravings or pain from withdrawal symptoms.

Suboxone: Suboxone received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval in 2002 for use within medication assisted treatment programs. This medication is able to decrease an individual’s cravings and withdrawal symptoms without creating a disorienting high. Suboxone consists of a combination of both buprenorphine and naloxone. Naloxone is effective in preventing against overdose and abuse, while buprenorphine works to minimize cravings and withdrawal symptoms.

Subutex (buprenorphine): Subutex is a medication that able to lessen the intensity of both cravings and withdrawal symptoms without causing a person to become high. Unlike Suboxone, however, Subutex does not contain naloxone.

Vivitrol: Vivitrol is the one medication used within medication assisted treatment programs that is injected as opposed to taken orally. This time-release medication is given once monthly, and contains the primary ingredient naltrexone hydrochloride. Vivitrol is also able to stop patients from experiencing painful withdrawal symptoms and the distracting cravings that come with the cessation of opioid use.

Individual therapy: At Sandhills Comprehensive Treatment Centers, we believe that for medication assisted treatment to be as effective as possible, therapeutic interventions must be implanted into a patient’s care. As the medication alleviates withdrawal symptoms and cravings, individual therapy provides a space for patients to address and process the psychological, behavioral, and emotional issues that have caused them to abuse Fentanyl. Individual therapy serves as a time and a place to work one-on-one with a counselor to discuss these issues, along with any concerns that might arise during treatment.

Group therapy: As a complement to individual therapy, group therapy at Sandhills Comprehensive Treatment Centers provides patients with beneficial support that patients need from their peers. By engaging in group therapy with others who have endured similar addiction-related struggles, patients can further their progress by receiving and sharing personal insights, support, and encouragement to and from the other members of the group. Group therapy sessions are led by counselors who are trained in offering a structured environment in which patient can feel safe.

Why Consider Treatment

Why Consider North Carolina Comprehensive Treatment Centers for Fentanyl Abuse

The abuse of Fentanyl can cause individuals to suffer from severe consequences if their Fentanyl abuse remains long-standing. Those who abuse Fentanyl have been known to experience physical side effects, such as gastrointestinal issues, feelings of sedation that get in the way of their daily life tasks, and suppression of their immune systems. Additionally, abusing this substance can cause individuals to lose all motivation, experience personality changes, and struggle in the workplace, which can lead to job loss and resulting financial strain. Those addicted to Fentanyl may also experience family problems because of their abuse of this medication. Luckily, however, by obtaining medication assisted treatment, these issues can be either prevented entirely and/or overcome.

While defeating a Fentanyl addiction can seem almost impossible, there are answers and help available. At Sandhills Comprehensive Treatment Centers, our devoted and talented team of experts is ready, willing, and able to help you make the decisions that can assist you as you work towards achieving the drug-free, happy, and healthy life that you deserve.