Medication-Assisted Treatment for Fentanyl Addiction

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid narcotic painkiller that is most often prescribed in order to alleviate and prevent pain after surgery or another form of medical procedure. Fentanyl is commonly compared to morphine; however, the effects of this medication are said to be more potent, making it highly effective in reducing severe and/or chronic pain. Fentanyl works by linking to the opioid receptors in the brain, which can be found in parts of the brain that are capable of controlling emotions and pain. As soon as fentanyl links itself to these receptors, the levels of dopamine that are released into the brain’s reward areas result in feelings of profound euphoria and relaxation. The sedating effects and addictive properties of fentanyl make this medication one that possesses great potential for abuse. As is true for other opioids, when an addiction to or a dependence on fentanyl develops, it can be exceptionally challenging to defeat.

Thankfully, there are treatment options available that can help those who use fentanyl to stop their dangerous behaviors. Medication-assisted treatment is one form of care that can help individuals who are struggling with an addiction to this prescription painkiller make their first steps towards recovery. Medication-assisted treatment includes the use of specific medications that have proven to be effective in minimizing cravings, preventing painful withdrawal symptoms, and stopping the harmful effects that arise from prolonged opioid abuse, including fentanyl abuse. By consuming these medications under the watchful eye of a certified professional, individuals can come to develop the clarity of mind required to be successful in their recovery journey.

At Cedar Rapids Comprehensive Treatment Center, our skilled and certified medical and mental health professionals are able to supply and monitor this effective form of treatment so that women and men who are battling a fentanyl addiction can reclaim control within their lives. Here, at Cedar Rapids Comprehensive Treatment Center, we want to help you rebuild a life for yourself that boasts good health, happiness, and freedom from fentanyl addiction.

Types of Treatment Offered at Cedar Rapids Comprehensive Treatment Center

Cedar Rapids Comprehensive Treatment Center supplies medication-assisted treatment for women and men (ages 18 and older) who are struggling with fentanyl addiction. The immensely talented and compassionate staff of nurses, counselors, and doctors at Cedar Rapids Comprehensive Treatment Center are committed to developing personalized treatment plans that are tailored specifically to the needs of the patient who is coming to us for care. The variety of medication-assisted treatments and therapeutic services supplied at Cedar Rapids Comprehensive Treatment Center include the following:

Methadone: Considerable research has shown the safety and effectiveness of using methadone for the treatment of opioid addictions when consumed as prescribed and under the close monitoring of qualified healthcare providers. Methadone works by stimulating the same receptors in the brain that are stimulated through fentanyl and other opioid use, however does not cause the same euphoric high to develop. Therefore, patients can take methadone and still attend school, perform at work, and uphold their daily tasks without being high, having cravings for fentanyl, or suffering from withdrawal symptoms that can develop once the use of fentanyl has ceased.

Subutex (buprenorphine): Subutex, containing the main ingredient buprenorphine, provides relief from fentanyl cravings and withdrawal symptoms without causing the patient to obtain the disorienting high that is connected to the substance. In many medication-assisted treatment programs, patients will begin their treatment on Subutex, and then switch to Suboxone (which contains naloxone to help prevent abuse and overdose) for their long-term maintenance.

Individual therapy: At Cedar Rapids Comprehensive Treatment Center, we believe that medication-assisted treatment regimens will be successful in the long-term if therapeutic interventions are also included in helping individuals who are battling a fentanyl addiction. While the medication works to supply mental clarity and cognitive relief by reducing the physical aspects of addiction, individual therapy can work to address the emotional, psychological, and behavioral issues that have led to an individual’s fentanyl addiction and/or stemmed from it. Individual therapy serves as a time for patients to meet with a counselor in a one-on-one setting to talk through their progress in their treatment program, as well as address any issues that might arise.

Group therapy: In addition to the individual therapy sessions that patients partake in, Cedar Rapids Comprehensive Treatment Center also supplies group therapy sessions that are designed to offer helpful and supportive interpersonal interactions in a monitored therapeutic environment. By attending group therapy with others who have shared in similar addiction-related situations, patients can continually progress in their recovery by giving and taking personal insight, encouragement, and support to and from their peers. Counselors conduct group therapy sessions in an informative, structured, and empathetic manner that is safe and productive for all involved.

Why Consider Treatment at Cedar Rapids Comprehensive Treatment Center

Fentanyl abuse can leave individuals vulnerable to experiencing a number of upsetting consequences. Physically, those who abuse this drug can suffer from immune system depression, gastrointestinal problems, and overpowering feelings of sedation that can interfere with daily functioning. Fentanyl abuse can also trigger a lack of motivation and changes to one’s overall personality, which can cause the user to become unable to carry out obligations and responsibilities at work, leading to potential job loss and financial strife. Additionally, those who abuse fentanyl can also suffer from the loss of meaningful relationships with family and friends. Serious mood changes are also frequent in those who abuse fentanyl, as are increased levels of paranoia, hallucinations, and delusions. Luckily, by obtaining appropriate treatment, these consequences can be avoided and/or overcome.

While defeating a fentanyl addiction can seem like an impossible feat for those who are stuck in the dangerous cycle of addiction, there are ways to push past it. At Cedar Rapids Comprehensive Treatment Center, our skilled and dedicated experts are ready to help you make the decisions needed to face your addiction, overcome your compulsion to keep using, and return to a life that is happy, healthy, and free of fentanyl abuse.