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Understanding Fentanyl Abuse

Understanding Fentanyl Abuse Recovery

Fentanyl is a type of synthetic opioid narcotic pain medication that is most commonly used in order to help alleviate and prevent pain after surgery or other type of medical procedure. Fentanyl is often compared to morphine, yet the effects of Fentanyl are said to be much more potent, therefore making it effective in relieving severe and/or chronic pain. This substance works by binding to the opiate receptors in the brain, which are located predominantly in the areas of the brain that are known to be responsible for controlling pain and emotions. Once Fentanyl attaches to these opiate receptors, there exists an increase in the level of dopamine that is released to the brain’s reward areas, which ultimately results in the onset of feelings of euphoria and profound relaxation. The pleasurable effects and highly addictive properties of Fentanyl make this substance one that is at high risk for abuse. And, as is true for other opioids, once an addiction to or dependence upon Fentanyl has developed, it can be extremely difficult for the user to overcome.

Fortunately, there are treatment options available that can help Fentanyl users put an end to their destructive habit. Medication assisted treatment is one type of treatment method that can help people who are battling an addiction to this prescription pain medication take the first step towards recovery. Medication assisted treatment incorporates the use of certain medications that have proven effectiveness in lessening cravings, preventing severe withdrawal symptoms, and prohibiting the harmful effects that arise from the prolonged abuse of opioids, such as Fentanyl. By taking these medications under the close supervision of qualified professionals, individuals can come to find the clarity of mind that is necessary to successfully embark on their journey to recovery.

At Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Centers, our trained and qualified staff of medical and mental health professionals are available to implement and monitor this effective form of treatment so that men and women who are struggling with an addiction to Fentanyl can regain control of their lives. Here at Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Centers, we want to help you rediscover the joy of living a happy, healthy, and well-balanced life, free from the grips of an addiction to Fentanyl.

Types of Treatment Offfered

Types of Treatment Offered for Fentanyl Abuse at Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Centers

As a network of providers who specialize in supplying outpatient care, Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Centers offer medication assisted treatment for men and women, aged 18 and older, who are battling an addiction to Fentanyl. The highly skilled and compassionate staff of doctors, nurses, and counselors at Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Centers are dedicated to creating personalized treatment plans that are customized to meet the unique needs of each client who is entrusted into our care. The array of medication assisted treatments and therapeutic services offered at Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Centers include the following:

Methadone: Considerable amounts of research have outlined the safety and effectiveness of using methadone in the treatment of opioid addictions when used as directed and under the close supervision of qualified healthcare providers. Methadone works by interacting with same receptors in the brain that are activated by Fentanyl or other opioids, but does not produce the same euphoric high that is associated with the use of these substances. This means that clients can take methadone and still go to work, go to school, drive a car, and otherwise participate in the tasks of daily living without being high or experiencing the all-consuming cravings for Fentanyl or the detrimental withdrawal symptoms that occur once Fentanyl use has ceased.

Suboxone: Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in approved medication assisted opioid addiction treatment programs, Suboxone is a medication that works by suppressing Fentanyl cravings and fending off withdrawal symptoms without causing the user to experience a Fentanyl-related high. Suboxone is the brand name of a medication that contains a combination of two substances, buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine provides relief from cravings and withdrawal symptoms, while naloxone protects against abuse and overdose.

Subutex (Buprenorphine): Like Suboxone, Subutex contains buprenorphine, which provides relief from Fentanyl cravings and withdrawal symptoms without causing the disorienting high that is associated with the substance. Unlike Suboxone, however, Subutex does not contain naloxone. In many medication assisted treatment programs, clients will begin their treatment by taking Subutex, but will later transition to Suboxone for long-term maintenance.

Vivitrol: While Subutex, Suboxone, and methadone are all administered orally on a daily basis, Vivitrol was designed to be a longer-lasting medication that is administered once each month via an injection. The primary active ingredient in Vivitrol is naltrexone hydrochloride, which is a chemical that aids in preventing people from experiencing cravings for their drug of choice while also suppressing the uncomfortable and often painful symptoms associated with Fentanyl withdrawal.

Individual therapy: At Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Centers, we believe that, in order for medication assisted treatment regimens to be successful in the long-term, therapeutic interventions are also necessary in helping individuals who are struggling with an addiction to Fentanyl. While the medication works to provide mental clarity and cognitive relief by alleviating the physical symptoms of addiction, individual therapy can play the crucial role of addressing the psychological, emotional, and behavioral concerns that either led a person to begin using Fentanyl or that have been exacerbated by the Fentanyl use itself. Individual therapy is designed to be a time for clients to meet on a one-to-one basis with a counselor to discuss their progress in the treatment program as well as to address any concerns or issues that may arise.

Group therapy: In addition to the one-to-one sessions that clients have during their individual therapy sessions, Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Centers also offer group therapy sessions that are designed to provide helpful and supportive interpersonal interactions in a supervised therapeutic environment. By participating in group therapy with other individuals who are struggling with an addiction to Fentanyl or other substance, clients can make great progress in their recovery journey by both receiving and providing personal insights, encouragement, and support from and to their peers. All group therapy sessions are led by counselors who are skilled in providing structured, informative, and empathic sessions that are both safe and productive experiences for all participants.

Why Consider Treatment

Why Consider Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Centers for Fentanyl Abuse

The abuse of Fentanyl can leave people vulnerable to experiencing any number of detrimental consequences. Physically, individuals who abuse this drug have been known to experience significant gastrointestinal problems, depression of their immune systems, and overpowering feelings of sedation that can interfere with proper daily functioning. Fentanyl abuse also causes a lack of motivation to arise and changes in an individual’s overall personality to occur, often resulting in the user becoming incapable of successfully fulfilling obligations and responsibilities at work, potentially resulting in job loss. Financial strife has been known to plague individuals who struggle with an addiction to Fentanyl, and the loss of strong, healthy relationships with family members and friends has also been known to occur. Furthermore, significant changes in mood are frequent among users of Fentanyl, and heightened levels of paranoia, along with the onset of hallucinations and delusions, have been known to manifest when people struggle with this type of substance abuse concern. Fortunately, by receiving appropriate treatment interventions, these types of detriments can be successfully overcome or avoided altogether.

While overcoming an addiction to Fentanyl can seem overwhelming and nearly impossible for people who have found themselves trapped in its addictive powers, there are ways to defeat it. At Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Centers, our experienced and dedicated experts are ready and willing to guide you as you make the life-saving choice to confront your addiction, overcome the compulsion to use this toxic substance, and return to living the happy, healthy, and sober life that you deserve to be living.