Medication-Assisted Treatment for Fentanyl Addiction

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid narcotic pain medication that is typically used to help reduce and prevent pain after surgery or a medical procedure. This medication is often compared to morphine, however, the effects of fentanyl are believed to be more potent, making it highly effective in treating severe and/or chronic pain. Fentanyl works by connecting to the opioid receptors in the brain, which can be found in areas of the brain where pain and emotions are controlled. As soon as fentanyl binds to these opioid receptors, a rush of dopamine is released to the reward areas of the brain, which causes the development of euphoria and extreme relaxation. These effects and the highly addictive properties of this medication make fentanyl a substance that possesses high potential to be abused. And, similar to other opioids, once an addiction to or a dependence on fentanyl has developed, it can be highly challenging for the individual to defeat.

Thankfully, there are options for treatment that can help fentanyl users stop their destructive behaviors. Medication-assisted treatment is one form of treatment that can help those who are battling fentanyl addiction make their initial strides towards recovery. Medication-assisted treatment includes the use of specific medications that have proven to be effective in decreasing cravings, preventing withdrawal symptoms, and stopping the harmful effects that develop because of a prolonged use of opioids like fentanyl. By consuming these medications under the supervision of certified professionals, individuals can develop the peace of mind required to continue on in a journey towards recovery.

At Western North Carolina Comprehensive Treatment Centers, our experienced and qualified staff of mental health and medical professionals are able to implement and monitor this type of effective treatment so that women and men who are addicted to fentanyl can reclaim control within their lives. Here, at Western North Carolina Comprehensive Treatment Centers, we can help you rebuild a life that is happy, healthy, well-balanced, and free from fentanyl abuse.

Types of Treatment Offered at Western North Carolina Comprehensive Treatment Centers

As a group of providers specializing in supplying outpatient care, Western North Carolina Comprehensive Treatment Centers offer medication-assisted treatment to individuals ages 18 and older who are addicted to fentanyl. The highly talented staff of counselors, nurses, and doctors at Western North Carolina Comprehensive Treatment Centers are devoted to establishing personalized treatment plans that are tailored to meet the specific needs of each patient who looks to us for care. The variety of medication-assisted treatments and therapeutic services supplied at Western North Carolina Comprehensive Treatment Centers include:

Methadone: An extensive amount of research has proven the safety and effectiveness of using methadone in the treatment of opioid addictions when consumed as directed and under the watch of certified healthcare providers. Methadone is effective as it interacts with the same brain receptors that are triggered by fentanyl and other opioids. However, it does not bring about the same euphoric high that is linked to the use of these substances. As a result, patients can consume methadone and still attend school, go to work, operate a vehicle, and otherwise engage in all other daily tasks of living without getting high, struggling with all-consuming cravings for fentanyl, or being impacted by the detrimental withdrawal symptoms that can occur once fentanyl use has stopped.

Suboxone: Suboxone is a medication that works by minimizing cravings for fentanyl and preventing withdrawal symptoms without causing the user to get high. Suboxone, the brand name medication for the combination of both buprenorphine and naloxone, was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in medication-assisted opioid addiction treatment programs. Buprenorphine is effective in preventing cravings and withdrawal symptoms, while naloxone helps fight off abuse and overdose.

Subutex (buprenorphine): Similar to Suboxone, Subutex also contains buprenorphine, which offers up relief from cravings and withdrawal symptoms associated with fentanyl without causing the upsetting high that comes with the abuse of this substance. Different from Suboxone, Subutex only contains buprenorphine. Therefore, in many medication-assisted treatment programs, patients will start their care by consuming Subutex, and then shift over to Suboxone for long-term maintenance.

Individual therapy: At Western North Carolina Comprehensive Treatment Centers, we believe that for medication-assisted treatment programs to be successful for a long period of time, that therapeutic services are required in helping individuals who battle with an addiction to fentanyl. While medication is working to offer mental relief by reducing the physical symptoms of addiction, individual therapy can play the important role of addressing the emotional, psychological, and behavioral issues that have led an individual to start using fentanyl or that have been exacerbated by the use itself. Individual therapy serves as a time for patients to meet with a counselor on a one-on-one basis to talk through their treatment progress, as well as to address any issues that develop.

Group therapy: In addition to the individual therapy sessions that patients receive, Western North Carolina Comprehensive Treatment Centers also supply group therapy sessions that are geared towards offering patients helpful and supportive interpersonal interactions within an environment that is monitored and therapeutic. By participating in group therapy with others who are grappling with an addiction to fentanyl or another substance, patients can continually progress in their recovery by receiving and offering personal insights, support, and encouragement to and from their peers. All group therapy sessions are run by counselors who are talented in offering structured, empathetic, and informed sessions that are safe and productive for all involved.

Why Consider Treatment at Western North Carolina Comprehensive Treatment Centers

Abusing fentanyl can cause individuals to become vulnerable to experiencing a number of detrimental consequences. Physically, those who abuse this substance are known to suffer from serious gastrointestinal problems, overpowering feelings of sedation that can interfere with their everyday lives, and depression of their immune systems. The abuse of this substance also triggers the development of a lack of motivation and personality changes, both of which can cause an individual to become unable to carry out responsibilities and obligations at work, which can lead to unemployment. Financial problems tend to also impact those who abuse fentanyl, and the demise of strong, healthy relationships with loved ones also tends to occur. Serious mood changes also become frequent, as do heightened levels of paranoia and the development of hallucinations and delusions when the abuse of this substance continues. Thankfully, by obtaining the right treatment, these consequences can be overcome and/or prevented.

While defeating fentanyl addiction can seem like an intangible goal for those who are trapped within addiction, there are ways to achieve success over it. At Western North Carolina Comprehensive Treatment Centers, our talented and committed experts are willing to help you as you decide to face your addiction, defeat your compulsion to use, and start living a life that is happy, healthy, and free from substance abuse.