Medication-Assisted Treatment for Fentanyl Addiction

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Understanding Fentanyl Abuse

Understanding Fentanyl Abuse Recovery

Fentanyl is a prescription synthetic opioid narcotic medication that is prescribed to treat and avert pain after medical procedures. Fentanyl works with the opiate receptors in the brain by increasing the level of dopamine that is released. These receptors are responsible for controlling emotions and pain, which causes a rush of euphoria and extreme relaxation when activated. Due to these euphoric feelings, Fentanyl becomes an extremely addictive substance.

Treatment options are available for individuals who are struggling with an addiction to Fentanyl. One option is medication-assisted treatment. Medication-assisted treatment combines the use of specific medications to lower cravings, while preventing the painful withdrawal symptoms that take place during Fentanyl withdrawal. By working with the healthcare professionals at Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers in a medication-assisted treatment program, individuals are able to achieve the clarity of mind required to move forward on a path of sobriety.

Types of Treatment Offered

Types of Treatment Offered for Fentanyl Abuse at Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers

We are a network of providers specializing in providing outpatient care to men and women, aged 18 and older, who are struggling with an addiction to Fentanyl. Our compassionate staff is comprised of highly trained physicians, nurses, and counselors who specialize in the field of addiction and recovery.

The therapeutic and medication-assisted treatments available at Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers include:

Suboxone: Suboxone works by lowering the uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms of Fentanyl, while also decreasing cravings for the drug. Suboxone has been approved for use by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under close monitoring from a medical professional in a medication-assisted treatment program. Suboxone is the combination of naloxone and buprenorphine. Naloxone guards the individual against abusing and overdosing while buprenorphine offers reprieve from painful withdrawal symptoms.

Methadone: Methadone has been proven to be a safe and effective route to take in the treatment of Fentanyl addiction under the close supervision of a medical professional. Methadone interacts with the same brain receptors that are normally activated by Fentanyl. However, methadone does not create a euphoric high, which allows individuals to continue life as normal (driving a car and going to work, etc.). Methadone aids in lessening the painful side effects of Fentanyl withdrawal.

Subutex (Buprenorphine): Subutex, like Suboxone, contains buprenorphine. Because Subutex does not contain naloxone, many individuals in a medication-assisted treatment program will begin on Subutex and transition onto Suboxone for long-term maintenance. Subutex aids in lessening the withdrawal symptoms associated with Fentanyl minus the euphoric high associated with Fentanyl use.

Vivitrol: Vivitrol is an injected medication administered monthly to curb cravings and suppress painful withdrawal symptoms due to Fentanyl addiction. Vivitrol is intended to be a longer-lasting option while methadone, Suboxone, and Subutex are given daily. The main ingredient in Vivitrol is naltrexone hydrochloride, which helps individuals avoid the uncomfortable cravings and withdrawal symptoms from Fentanyl.

Individual therapy: The dedicated and knowledgeable staff at Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers believes that in order for treatment to be successful, a combination of medication-assisted treatment must be paired with therapeutic interventions as well. Medication works on the physical side of withdrawal and therapeutic intervention works by gaining a deeper understanding of what caused the addiction to Fentanyl in the first place and how to progress towards sobriety. Individual therapy allows the patient and a counselor to communicate the progress of treatment, as well as to address any questions that may arise throughout treatment. This one-on-one design allows a safe environment for individuals to discuss their treatment with a qualified counselor.

Group therapy: Group therapy sessions are also offered at Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers. These counselor-led sessions allow individuals to come together with others who are struggling with Fentanyl or other opioid addictions in a safe environment. Together, individuals are able to discuss their struggles and progress amongst others who truly understand the pathway to sober living. Clients are able to gain insights and encouragement from others who are also struggling with many of the same emotions and physical roadblocks due to Fentanyl addiction.

Why Consider Treatment

Why Consider Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers for Fentanyl Abuse

Fentanyl addiction can cause both physical and emotional pains on the individual trapped in its addictive grasp. Physical symptoms include immune system depression, feelings of drowsiness, as well as intense gastrointestinal issues. Emotionally, Fentanyl use can create a lack of motivation, as well as an overall personality change. These changes can cause an inability to handle responsibilities at work, job loss, financial issues, and additional stressors.

Although overcoming Fentanyl addiction can seem impossible and extremely overwhelming, there is hope. At Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers, we have the tools and resources necessary to help you achieve a sober life once again. Our dedicated and compassionate team is here to help provide you with the instruments necessary to successfully get back on the road to sobriety.