Medication-Assisted Treatment for Fentanyl Addiction

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Understanding Fentanyl Abuse

Understanding Fentanyl Abuse Recovery

Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid narcotic painkiller, is most commonly prescribed to those who need relief from and to prevent pain that stems from a surgical procedure or other medical procedure. This prescription painkiller is typically compared to morphine; however, its effects are much more potent, making it effective in reducing severe pain. Fentanyl works by binding to opiate receptors that can be found in areas of the brain where pain and emotions are managed. As soon as fentanyl attaches to these receptors, an increase in dopamine production is released to the brain’s reward centers, which results in the user feeling a high that includes extreme euphoria and relaxation. These effects, paired with the highly addictive nature of fentanyl, make this substance one that is at high risk for abuse. If you have developed an addiction to fentanyl, it can be extremely challenging to overcome because of these factors.

Thankfully, treatment options exist that can help you finally put an end to your fentanyl addiction. One of those options is medication-assisted treatment, which can help you start your road to recovery on the right foot. Medication-assisted treatment incorporates the use of medications deemed effective in helping decrease cravings, prevent severe symptoms of withdrawal, and prohibiting the dangerous effects that come from the continued use of opioids like fentanyl. By consuming these medications under the close supervision of a certified medical team, you are afforded the opportunity to establish the clarity of mind needed to begin a successful recovery.

At North West Wisconsin Comprehensive Treatment Center, our skilled and certified team of mental health and medical professionals is able to supply and supervise this type of treatment so that you can get back in control of your life. Here, at North West Wisconsin Comprehensive Treatment Center, we want to help you realize the joy of living a happy, healthy, recovered life that is no longer controlled by the presence of fentanyl addiction.

Types of Treatment Offered

Types of Treatment Offered for Fentanyl Abuse at North West Wisconsin Comprehensive Treatment Center

As a group of providers who specialize in offering outpatient care, North West Wisconsin Comprehensive Treatment Center supplies medication-assisted treatment for adults ages 18 and older who are grappling with fentanyl addiction. Our team of compassionate and skilled doctors, counselors, and nurses at North West Wisconsin Comprehensive Treatment Center is committed to ensuring that you receive a personalized treatment plan that is customized to meet your individual needs. The many different medication-assisted treatments that are offered at North West Wisconsin Comprehensive Treatment Center include:

Methadone: Considerable amounts of research have shown that the use of methadone in the treatment of opioid addictions is safe and effective when used as prescribed and under the close supervision of certified healthcare providers. Methadone interacts with the same receptors in the brain that fentanyl does, however does not produce the same euphoric high that is associated with the use of this substance. As a result, you can consume methadone and still drive a car, go to school, and/or go to work without being high, grappling with all-consuming cravings, or suffering from painful withdrawal symptoms.

Suboxone: Approved for use in medication-assisted opioid addiction treatment programs by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Suboxone is a medication that is effective in preventing cravings and fighting off withdrawal symptoms once you stop using fentanyl. Suboxone is the brand name of the combination of buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is effective in curbing cravings and minimizing the pain of withdrawal symptoms, while naloxone prevents abuse and overdose.

Subutex (buprenorphine): Similar to Suboxone, Subutex also contains buprenorphine. The use of this medication will not produce the same high that comes from abusing opioids like fentanyl. However, Subutex does not contain naloxone like Suboxone does, which is why many medication-assisted treatment programs will provide patients with Subutex at the beginning of their treatment prior to transitioning them over to Suboxone for long-term maintenance.

Individual therapy: At North West Wisconsin Comprehensive Treatment Center, we feel it is imperative to include therapeutic interventions into your care, as we believe it helps medication-assisted treatment plans be successful for the long-term. While medication works to offer you mental clarity and cognitive relief by decreasing the presence of physical symptoms of addiction, individual therapy can play a vital role in helping you iron out the emotional, psychological, and behavioral issues that either led you to start using fentanyl or that were exacerbated by the fentanyl abuse itself. Individual therapy occurs between you and a counselor in a one-on-one setting and allows you the space to talk through your progress in treatment, as well as handle any issues that might arise.

Group therapy: In addition to the individual therapy sessions that you will receive, North West Wisconsin Comprehensive Treatment Center also provides group therapy sessions that are designed to help foster helpful and supportive interpersonal interactions within a supervised therapeutic environment. By engaging in group therapy with others who are struggling with fentanyl or other opioid addictions, you can make exceptional progress in your recovery by receiving and providing personal insights, support, and encouragement to and from your peers. All group therapy sessions are led by counselors who are trained in supplying informative, structured, and empathetic sessions that are productive and secure for all involved.

Why Consider Treatment

Why Consider North West Wisconsin Comprehensive Treatment Center for Fentanyl Abuse

Fentanyl addiction can cause you to suffer many different consequences to your health and wellbeing, including gastrointestinal problems, immune system depression, and overpowering feelings of sedation that can stand in the way of your everyday functionality. The abuse of this substance can also cause a lack of motivation to develop, which can often result in poor job performance and inability to carry out responsibilities at home. As a result, consequences including job loss and divorce can ensue. Financial strife is also a common effect of fentanyl abuse, as well as the deterioration of close, healthy relationships. Also, severe mood changes, increased levels of paranoia, and the onset of hallucinations and delusions can occur. Thankfully, by obtaining the correct clinical care, these kinds of detriments can be avoided and/or overcome.

While overcoming fentanyl addiction can seem nearly impossible when you are trapped within the throes of it, it is imperative to know that recovery is attainable. At North West Wisconsin Comprehensive Treatment Center, our team of experienced and caring professionals are ready to help you take the steps needed to make big, positive changes in your life so that you can finally live happy, healthy, and free of fentanyl addiction.