Medication-Assisted Treatment for Fentanyl Addiction 

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid narcotic pain medication that is typically prescribed to individuals who are experiencing pain after surgery or other type of medical procedure. While fentanyl is commonly compared to morphine, its effects are much more potent, which make it effective in treating severe pain. Fentanyl works by adhering to the opiate receptors in the brain that are located in the areas of the brain that are responsible for controlling pain and emotions. When fentanyl attaches to these receptors, the level of dopamine that is released is increased, resulting in feelings of intense euphoria and relaxation. These attractive effects often result in individuals continuing to misuse fentanyl, which can quickly develop into an addiction.

Fortunately, there are treatment options available that can assist individuals in successfully putting an end to their dangerous habits. Through the use of medication-assisted treatment, individuals are able to defeat an addiction to fentanyl while treating the underlying causes of their addictive behaviors. This form of treatment uses specific medications that are designed to alleviate the discomforts of withdrawal while keeping cravings for continued fentanyl use at bay. When these medications are taken under the supervision of a trained medical professional, they safely provide patients with the clarity of mind that is required in order to successfully progress in treatment.

Cape Cod Comprehensive Treatment Centers understand the challenges and complexities that accompany an addiction to fentanyl. Our compassionate and qualified staff of medical and mental health professionals are available to assist patients throughout the entire course of treatment to ensure their safety and success. Cape Cod Comprehensive Treatment Centers are here to provide you with the treatment that is required in order to achieve lasting recovery.

 

Types of Treatment Offered at Cape Cod Comprehensive Treatment Centers

Cape Cod Comprehensive Treatment Centers specialize in the outpatient care of individuals who are battling an addiction to fentanyl. Our network of providers encourage men and women, aged 18 and older to take part in our treatment so that a life free from addiction can be achieved. Our knowledgeable teams of nurses, counselors, and doctors works closely with patients in order to develop customized plans of treatment that encompass their unique needs and individual goals. Patients of Cape Cod Comprehensive Treatment Centers are invited to incorporate the following medications and therapeutic services into their treatment plan:

Methadone: Methadone provides individuals with relief from the physical discomforts of withdrawal by interacting with the same receptors in the brain that are activated by the misuse of fentanyl. Rather than producing feelings of euphoria or relaxation, methadone provides relief from withdrawal symptoms while allowing patients to actively play a role in their treatment. Patients who are prescribed this medication are able to take part in daily activities such as work, driving, and school without experiencing cognitive impairments or delays. With decades of extensive research behind it, methadone safely and effectively helps those who are struggling with an addiction to opioids such as fentanyl.

Suboxone: Using a combination of naloxone and buprenorphine, Suboxone has been approved by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in order to alleviate the discomforts of withdrawal. The buprenorphine portion of this medication eliminates cravings and withdrawal symptoms, while naloxone protects patients against overdose and abuse. Patients who are prescribed this medication will not experience cognitive impairments or delays.

Subutex (Buprenorphine): With buprenorphine as its primary active ingredient, Subutex provides patients with much-needed relief from the discomforts of withdrawal without producing the same feelings of euphoria that are experienced by the misuse of fentanyl. This medication allows patients to productively play a role in their treatment without craving additional use of fentanyl. Patients who begin treatment by taking Subutex will often later transition onto Suboxone for treatment maintenance.

Individual therapy: Cape Cod Comprehensive Treatment Centers believe that individuals must treat the physical and emotional components of their addiction to fentanyl if lasting recovery is to occur. For this reason, patients are encouraged to incorporate the use of individual therapy into their treatment program. These one-on-one sessions allow patients to address the emotional, behavioral, and psychological aspects of their addiction to fentanyl with a highly qualified counselor. Individuals are given the opportunity to understand what may have led them to abuse fentanyl in the first place and how to handle future situations with the aid of a substance. Individual sessions provide a safe and supportive environment for which patients are able to work through any questions or concerns that may arise throughout the course of treatment.

Group therapy: In addition to individual sessions, patients of Cape Cod Comprehensive Treatment Centers are able to take part in group therapy sessions. Group sessions are designed to provide a safe atmosphere where patients are able to work alongside other individuals who are also receiving treatment at our centers. By working with their peers under the guidance of an expert counselor, patients are able to receive and provide one another with the support and encouragement that are required in order to move forward in treatment. All group sessions promote honest and open communication in a structured and informative environment.

Why Consider Treatment at Cape Cod Comprehensive Treatment Centers

The abuse of fentanyl can result in a variety of detrimental consequences that can affect an individual’s physical and mental wellbeing. The abuse of this medication can result in depression of the immune system, significant gastrointestinal problems, and overpowering feelings of relaxation which can impair an individual’s ability to properly function. Fentanyl abuse can cause an individual’s personality to change which can result in an inability to meet obligations in the workplace, and many quickly find themselves faced with unemployment and increasing financial struggles due to a lack of income. Additionally, some individuals find that once stable relationships with family and friends begin to fall apart. Dramatic changes in mood are common among users of fentanyl as are increased levels of paranoia, the onset of hallucinations, and delusional thoughts. Thankfully, help is available.

Cape Cod Comprehensive Treatment Centers are here to assist you or someone that you care for in safely and successfully breaking free from the chains of addiction. Our dedicated teams of medical experts are here to help you take the first steps toward a future that is free from abuse and addiction.