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Treatment for Fentanyl Abuse and Addiction

Fentanyl, a synthetic (artificial) opioid pain medication, has gained much attention in the past few years. Several high-profile individuals, including musicians Prince, Tom Petty, Mac Miller, and Lil Peep, were found to have died due to using the substance.

Fentanyl, first discovered in the early 1960s, has 50 to 300 times more potency than morphine. According to the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics, opioids, primarily Fentanyl (dubbed a "miracle drug" by pain experts), were responsible for 64% of overdose fatalities in the twelve months ending April 2021. This was a 49% increase from the previous year.

What is Fentanyl?

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that may be lawfully administered to people as a pain reliever after surgery or to someone with severe pain who's tolerant of other opioids. The drug is classified as a Schedule II substance. It means it's legal for medicinal usage, but the drug also has a high risk of addiction. Hence it is a restricted substance.


Prescription fentanyl comes in the forms of Duragesic®, Sublimaze®, and  Actiq® and should only be used under the supervision of a physician. Prescription fentanyl is usually given in three different ways. The patient may receive an injection of the drug, take it orally, or wear transdermal patches to gain relief.


When you take a dose of Fentanyl, you will experience a brief euphoria. It will make you feel delighted, confused, and fatigued simultaneously. Breathing becomes shallower, and blood pressure goes down as a result. Dizziness, trouble breathing, convulsions, and even death are all potential risks if you take too much Fentanyl.


Get treatment immediately if you or someone you care about is suffering from fentanyl addiction.

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Fentanyl Addiction Treatment Options

If you or a loved one is struggling with a fentanyl addiction, expert medical detox and therapy can help you become clean. For a better chance of success, treatment focuses on the addiction's physical and emotional dimensions. A Fentanyl treatment facility may provide the following services:


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Dr. Williams presently serves on the board of Directors for two non-profit service organizations. He holds a Master’s degree in Human Services from Lincoln University, Philadelphia, Pa, and a Ph.D. with a concentration in Clinical Psychology from Union Institute and University. In Cincinnati, Ohio. He is licensed to practice addictions counseling in both New Jersey and Connecticut and has a pending application as a practicing Psychologist in New Jersey.

Medically Assisted Detox (MAD)

A MAD is undoubtedly the first step in a fentanyl addiction rehabilitation strategy. However, detox is merely the first stage in the recovery process, and without continued support and psychotherapy, most people will relapse. Some drugs have been shown to treat Fentanyl addiction successfully.


Buprenorphine and methadone are the most often utilized drugs to treat addiction to opioids like Fentanyl. However, another drug called naltrexone is sometimes used. The cost of these drugs varies. You may need to consider such factors while deciding on a treatment alternative.


Methadone and buprenorphine deceive the brain into believing that the opioid issue is still there. The individual using the drug feels more natural, not euphoric, and there is no withdrawal. Cravings are also reduced with methadone and buprenorphine.


Naltrexone works uniquely to assist people in kicking the habit. It counteracts the effects of opioids. This effectively removes the excitement of having a high if you take the drug, you are treated again. This property makes naltrexone an excellent alternative for preventing relapse. These drugs have the same beneficial effect: they help those struggling with addiction, but a licensed medical professional must administer them.

Treatment at Rolling Hills Recovery Center

Fentanyl Abuse Treatment at Rolling Hills Recovery Center

Social, behavioral, and psychological-based treatment plans assist clients in overcoming addiction. Here, you'll also learn how to remain clean for the rest of your life by forming a caring support network.


Long-term sobriety programs aim to:


  • Learn relapse prevention skills

  • Help one establish positive ties with family members.

  • Regain social skills that you may have lost while taking drugs.


On your journey to sobriety, there are several resources accessible to you, including:

Inpatient and Outpatient Programs

After detox and the body has been cleaned of fentanyl poisons, the second stage begins psychotherapy. A PHP (partial hospitalization program) or an IOP (intensive outpatient treatment program) often comes in handy at this stage.


An outpatient program allows you to continue your addiction therapy in a medical setting while still being allowed to go home every night. This provides a safe atmosphere to heal and the comfort, motivation, and support of loved ones at home.


Outpatient programs can enable you to maintain aspects of your everyday life while receiving treatment, for example, continuing to work or pursuing further education.

The attractiveness of a tailored, adaptable, and successful program is perhaps one of the most sought-after features of outpatient rehabilitation services. You'll receive support via group and experiential therapy, healing through ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), and a fresh perspective through DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) and CBT( Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), among other evidence-based therapies.

Individual and Group Counseling Sessions

Treatment for fentanyl addiction at RHRC includes a holistic approach to rehabilitation. Nobody dealing with fentanyl addiction is the same, and different treatment methods will work for different people. Some people flourish in a team-based environment, while others prefer a more personal setting. In an ideal world, clients can benefit from both forms of treatment.


In fentanyl addiction recovery programs, talk therapy is essential. Participants may open up to a therapist but know they will not be judged in this one-on-one situation. Group therapy is also beneficial since it allows you to get feedback and encouragement from your peers. Remembering you are not alone may tremendously help the path to recovery.


Family Therapy

This is ideal for patients who require family members' help while healing. Even yet, if needed, it may work independently by addressing each family member during a separate therapy session.

12-Step Programs

A 12 Step Program allows participants to hold meetings with others in the same shoes, work through the recovery steps together, and share their personal stories. This is an excellent opportunity to meet individuals in similar circumstances who can relate to what you're going through.


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The Bottom Line

If you are suffering from severe acute or chronic pain, Fentanyl is a potent opioid that may give significant pain relief. However, people who suffer from opioid use problems or are mistakenly exposed to the substance are at risk of significant injury or even death.


It's painful to see a loved one going through the consequences of Fentanyl, alcohol, or other drugs. If you or your loved one has begun to misuse Fentanyl, get professional help as soon as possible.

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