Medication Assisted Treatment for Fentanyl Addiction 

Commonly prescribed to alleviate and prevent pain from occurring after surgery or other type of medical procedure, fentanyl is a synthetic opioid narcotic pain medication that carries highly addictive properties along with its use. Fentanyl is commonly compared to a more potent version of morphine due to its effectiveness in the relief of chronic pain. Fentanyl works by binding to the opiate receptors in the brain that are located in the same area of the brain that is responsible for controlling pain and emotions. Once fentanyl attaches to an individual’s opiate receptors, he or she begins to experience the onset of euphoria and intense relaxation. These attractive effects, combined with the highly addictive properties of fentanyl, result in a medication that carries a potential for abuse. When an individual develops an addiction to or dependence upon fentanyl, he or she often struggles with overcoming this powerful medication.

There are, however, treatment options available in which individuals can safely put an end to their dangerous habits. Through the use of medication assisted treatment, patients are able to safely overcome an addiction to fentanyl while appropriately preparing for a future that is substance-free. This form of treatment incorporates the use of specific medications that are formulated to decrease cravings, prevent the onset of withdrawal symptoms, and eliminate the dangerous effects that can arise from the abuse of opioids such as fentanyl. When individuals consume these medications under the close supervision of a trained medical professional, they are able to achieve the mental clarity that is required in order to successfully progress toward recovery.

The compassionate staff of experts at Sacramento Comprehensive Treatment Center closely monitors patients throughout the course of treatment to ensure their safety and treatment success. By taking a comprehensive treatment approach, patients are able to increase the likelihood of achieving lasting recovery. For this reason, patients of Sacramento Comprehensive Treatment Center are invited to incorporate the use of therapeutic interventions alongside medication assisted treatment so that the physical and psychological components of their addictions are properly treated. We are here to assist you in returning to the healthy, happy, and addiction-free life that you deserve to be living.

Types of Treatment Offered at Sacramento Comprehensive Treatment Center

Men and women aged 18 and older who are battling an addiction fentanyl are invited to take part in the outpatient treatment available through Sacramento Comprehensive Treatment Center. Our expert staff of doctors, nurses, and counselors works closely with patients to develop customized plans of treatment that encompass the unique needs of each individual who walks through our doors. Sacramento Comprehensive Treatment Center proudly offers the following medications and therapeutic interventions that can be incorporated into a patient’s plan of treatment:

Methadone: Interacting with the same receptors in the brain that are triggered by the abuse of fentanyl, methadone alleviates the physical discomforts that often accompany withdrawal. Unlike fentanyl, use of this medication allows patients to actively play a role in daily activities without impairment or delay. Extensive research has confirmed the safety and effectiveness of the use of methadone in the treatment of opioid addiction. When taken as directed under the supervision of a trained medical professional, methadone keeps cravings for continued fentanyl use at bay while providing patients with the mental clarity that is required in order to progress in treatment.

Suboxone: First approved in 2002 by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of opioid addiction, Suboxone has since provided countless individuals with relief from the painful symptoms that accompany the process of fentanyl withdrawal. Using a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone, Suboxone relieves the discomforts of withdrawal as well as cravings for continued use (buprenorphine), while protecting patients against overdose and abuse (naloxone). When taken as directed, patients are able to actively play a role in daily activities without experiencing cognitive impairments.

Subutex (Buprenorphine): With buprenorphine as its primary active ingredient, Subutex safely eliminates the physical discomforts that accompany the process of withdrawal while diminishing cravings for continued use of fentanyl. In many cases, individuals who begin treatment by taking Subutex will eventually transition onto Suboxone for treatment maintenance. By working closely with our staff of medical experts, patients can determine the appropriate route of treatment to take based upon their unique needs.

Individual therapy: Prior to lasting recovery being achieved, patients must address and treat the underlying causes of their addictive behaviors. Through the use of individual therapy, patients are given the opportunity to treat the psychological, emotional, and behavioral issues that contributed to their abuse of fentanyl in the first place. Individual therapy sessions provide patients with the opportunity to work one-on-one with a highly qualified counselor in order to openly discuss their emotions and experiences relating to their addiction. Individual sessions also provide patients with the ability to work through any issues or questions that may arise during the course of treatment.

Group therapy: Complementing the use of individual therapy sessions are group sessions. Group therapy allows patients the opportunity to work alongside other individuals who are also seeking treatment for addiction. When given the chance to work with other individuals who understand the challenges that accompany addiction, patients are able to provide each other with the support and encouragement that is required in order to successfully achieve lasting recovery. Group sessions are led by one of our expert counselors and provide a safe atmosphere in which to openly discuss an array of topics relating to addiction as well as how to prepare for a future that does not include the abuse of fentanyl.

Why Consider Treatment at Sacramento Comprehensive Treatment Center

The abuse of fentanyl can result in the onset of multiple physical and psychological hurdles that may feel impossible to overcome. The abuse of this medication can physically result in serious gastrointestinal problems, depression of the immune system, extreme feelings of sedation, and the inability to properly function throughout the day. The lack of motivation that can occur when fentanyl is abused can cause a drastic shift in personality which can lead to failed relationships, the inability to perform appropriately in the workplace leading to job loss, and a lack of income can quickly result in financial obligations being unmet. Psychologically, fentanyl addiction can increase levels of paranoia, along with the onset of delusions and hallucinations. If treatment is not received and the abuse of fentanyl is allowed to continue, fatality due to overdose becomes a possibility.

Fortunately, treatment options are available which provide individuals with the ability to safely return to a life that is free from the dangers of addiction. Sacramento Comprehensive Treatment Center is here to assist you or a loved one in overcoming an addiction to fentanyl while preparing for a substance-free future.