Medication-Assisted Treatment for Fentanyl Addiction

Fentanyl is a type of synthetic opioid narcotic pain medication that is most commonly used to relieve and prevent pain that develops after surgery or another medical procedure. Fentanyl is often compared to morphine, however the effects of fentanyl are more potent, making it effective in reducing severe and/or chronic pain. This substance works by binding to the opioid receptors within the brain, which are located in parts of the brain that are responsible for controlling emotions and pain. As soon as fentanyl attaches to these receptors, levels of dopamine increase in the reward areas of the brain, which results in the development of feelings of relaxation and euphoria. These pleasing effects and addictive properties of fentanyl make this a substance that holds high potential for abuse. As is true of other opioids, as soon as an addiction or dependence on fentanyl develops, it can be very hard to overcome.

Luckily, there are treatment options available that can help those who use fentanyl to stop their dangerous habit. Medication-assisted treatment is one form of care that can help people who are struggling with an addiction to this prescription painkiller take the first step towards recovery. Medication assisted treatment includes the use of specific medications that have proven to be effective in decreasing cravings, reducing withdrawal symptoms, and prohibiting the dangerous effects that develop from long-term use of opioids like fentanyl. By consuming these medications under the supervision of qualified professionals, individuals can find the peace of mind needed to successfully move forward in their recovery journey.

At Cartersville Comprehensive Treatment Center, our skilled and licensed staff of medical and mental health professionals are able to supply and monitor this type of treatment so that women and men who are battling with a fentanyl addiction can reclaim control within their lives. Here at Cartersville Comprehensive Treatment Center, we want to help you enjoy living life again, and in a way that is happy, healthy, and free from fentanyl addiction.

Types of Treatment Offered at Cartersville Comprehensive Treatment Center

As a network of outpatient care providers, Cartersville Comprehensive Treatment Center supplies medication-assisted treatment for women and men ages 18 and older who have been struggling with fentanyl addiction. The highly trained and understanding staff of counselors, doctors, and nurses at Cartersville Comprehensive Treatment Center are committed to creating individualized treatment plans that are customized to meet the needs of each patient who comes to us for care. The variety of medication-assisted treatments and therapeutic services we offer at Cartersville Comprehensive Treatment Center include:

Methadone: Considerable amounts of research have shown the safety and effectiveness of using methadone for the treatment of opioid addictions when consumed as prescribed by a healthcare provider. Methadone works by triggering the same brain receptors that are activated by fentanyl and other opioid abuse, however does not cause a high to develop. This means that patients can consume methadone and still attend school, go to work, drive a car, and engage in all other tasks in their daily lives without being high or having cravings or withdrawal symptoms that develop when fentanyl abuse ceases.

Subutex (buprenorphine): Subutex, containing buprenorphine, offers alleviation from fentanyl cravings and withdrawal symptoms without causing the patient to get high. In many medication-assisted treatment programs, patients will start their care on Subutex, and then transition to Suboxone (which contains naloxone, an ingredient that prevents abuse and overdose) for the remainder of their medication-assisted care.

Individual therapy:  At Cartersville Comprehensive Treatment Center, we feel strongly that in order for medication-assisted treatment plans to be successful over a long period of time, that therapeutic interventions must be implemented to help individuals who are struggling with fentanyl addiction. While medication works to supply mental clarity and cognitive relief by reducing the physical symptoms of addiction, individual therapy can play the critical role of addressing the psychological, behavioral, and emotional aspects that either led to an individual’s fentanyl abuse or developed in response to it. Individual therapy is designed to serve as a time for patients to meet on a one-on-one basis with a counselor to talk through their progress in their program, as well as to sort out any concerns or issues that might arise.

Group therapy: In addition to the one-on-one individual therapy sessions that patients receive, Cartersville Comprehensive Treatment Center also supplies group therapy sessions that are capable of providing helpful and supportive interpersonal interactions within a supervised environment. By engaging in group therapy with others who are facing fentanyl or other opioid addiction, patients can progress in their recovery by both receiving and offering personal insights, support, and encouragement to and from their peers. All group therapy sessions are run by counselors who are trained in supplying structured, empathetic, and informative sessions that are safe and effective for all participants.

Why Consider Cartersville Comprehensive Treatment Center

Fentanyl abuse can leave individuals vulnerable to experiencing a series of detrimental consequences. Physically, those who abuse fentanyl can suffer from serious gastrointestinal problems, overpowering feelings of sedation, and depression of their immune systems, all of which can interfere with the functioning of their daily lives. Fentanyl abuse can also cause a lack of motivation to develop that can change an individual’s personality in ways that cause him or her to become incapable of fulfilling responsibilities at work, which can lead to unemployment. Financial strife can also emerge in someone who is addicted to fentanyl, and the loss of loving relationships with family and friends can occur. Significant changes in mood are also frequent for those who abuse fentanyl, and heightened levels of paranoia and the onset of hallucinations and delusions can develop in those who are struggling with this type of addiction. Thankfully, by obtaining appropriate treatment interventions, these types of consequences can be overcome and/or avoided.

While defeating an addiction to fentanyl can seem overwhelming and almost impossible for those who have become stuck in the dangerous cycle of abuse, there are ways to overcome it. At Cartersville Comprehensive Treatment Center, our trained and committed experts are prepared to help guide you as you make the decisions needed to confront your addiction, defeat your compulsion to use this toxic substance, and begin living a happy, healthy life that is free from fentanyl addiction.