Medication-Assisted Treatment for Fentanyl Addiction

Fentanyl, a narcotic opioid painkiller, is often prescribed to those who are suffering from physical pain after a surgical or other medical procedure. This medication is frequently compared to morphine, however, its effects are said to be more potent. This medication is effective as it links to receptors in the brain that are capable of controlling pain and emotions. As soon as fentanyl pairs up with these receptors, dopamine is released to the reward areas of the brain, which causes an individual to feel euphoric and relaxed. These effects are often what drive individuals to continue to abuse fentanyl, and once an addiction to this medication develops, it can be incredibly difficult to overcome.

Luckily, there are options for treatment available that can help those addicted to fentanyl end their dangerous behaviors. Medication-assisted treatment is one form of care that can help those battling fentanyl addiction make their first steps towards recovery. Medication-assisted treatment includes the use of medications that are proven to be effective in minimizing cravings for continued use of opioids like fentanyl, stopping the onset of withdrawal symptoms, and preventing the dangerous effects that develop from the abuse of opioids. By consuming these medications under the watchful eye of qualified professionals, individuals can begin to establish the peace of mind needed to fully focus on their recovery.

At Western Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers, our certified and talented staff of mental health and medical professionals supply and supervise medication-assisted treatment so that individuals who are battling a fentanyl addiction can get their lives back on track. At Western Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers, we want to help you bring joy back into your life by removing the presence of fentanyl.

Types of Treatment Offered at Western Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers

Western Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers is a group of providers that specializes in providing outpatient care for women and men ages 18 and older who have been struggling with a fentanyl addiction. Our trained and understanding staff of doctors, nurses, and counselors at Western Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers is devoted to developing personalized treatment plans that address all of the various needs of our patients. The medications and therapeutic methods that we provide at Western Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers include:

Methadone: Methadone has been widely studied and researched, and its effectiveness has been proven in helping treat opioid addiction. Methadone is effective in activating the exact receptors in the brain that opioids like fentanyl do, all without causing the patient to get high when consuming it. As a result, patients can consume this medication safely and continue to uphold daily responsibilities such as going to work and driving without grappling with withdrawal symptoms or drug cravings.

Suboxone: Suboxone is effective in diminishing cravings for continued fentanyl abuse and lessening the intensity of withdrawal symptoms without causing an individual to get high. Suboxone is the brand name for the mixture of buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine helps control cravings and withdrawal symptoms, and naloxone wards against abuse and overdose. Suboxone was approved for use in opioid addiction treatment programs in 2002 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Subutex (buprenorphine): Subutex, like Suboxone, contains buprenorphine, which alleviates cravings and withdrawal symptoms without causing them to get high. Subutex does not contain naloxone. It is common for patients to start their medication-assisted treatment on Subutex and then transfer over to Suboxone for more long-term maintenance.

Vivitrol: Vivitrol is a once monthly injectable medication that helps control withdrawal symptoms and decrease cravings for continued use. This medication is different from Suboxone, methadone, and Subutex because of the way that it is administered, and because it is only consumed once every 30 days instead of daily. The active ingredient in Vivitrol is naltrexone hydrochloride.

Individual therapy: At Western Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers, we feel strongly that for medication-assisted treatment to be as effective as possible, therapeutic services must be included into a patient’s treatment plan so long-term success can be achieved. While medication is working to help control the many side effects caused by fentanyl withdrawal, patients are able to obtain the clearness of mind needed to work through the behavioral, emotional, and psychological issues that have developed in response to the addiction or caused the addiction. Individual therapy allows patients to work privately with a counselor to talk about their successes in treatment, as well as work through any issues that develop.

Group therapy: Group therapy, which serves as a complement to individual therapy, is offered here at Western Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers and it is able to help provide supportive interpersonal interactions with others in a safe environment. By partaking in group therapy sessions with others who have shared similar addiction-related battles, patients can progress in their recovery by obtaining and providing personal insight, support, and encouragement to and from other group members. All group therapy sessions are led by counselors who are trained in developing a balanced, informative, and understanding environment.

Why Consider Treatment at Western Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers

Abusing a medication like fentanyl can cause individuals to endure a variety of negative consequences. From a physical standpoint, those who abuse fentanyl are known to develop serious gastrointestinal issues, feelings of isolation that interfere with every day functioning, and weakening of the immune system. This type of abuse can also lead to a lack of motivation, changes in one’s personality, problems at work, financial upset, and more. Those who abuse fentanyl often suffer from the loss of once healthy relationships with loved ones, serious mood changes, and increased levels of paranoia. Many individuals also report hallucinations and delusions, all of which tend to develop in those who abuse fentanyl. Luckily, by obtaining the correct treatment, these issues can be avoided.

While defeating an addiction to fentanyl can seem exhausting and hopeless, there are ways to overcome it. At Western Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers, our skilled and committed team of experts is prepared and willing to help you make the choices you need to make to defeat your addiction to fentanyl once and for all. Let us help you regain control of your life.