Medication-Assisted Treatment for Fentanyl Addiction

Fentanyl is a form of synthetic opioid painkiller that is most often prescribed to treat those who require relief and prevention of pain after surgery or other type of medical procedure. Fentanyl is often compared to morphine, however the effects of fentanyl are much more potent, which makes it more effective in decreasing severe and/or chronic pain. This substance works by linking to the opioid receptors in the brain, which are found on parts of the brain that are responsible for controlling emotions and pain. As soon as fentanyl attaches to these receptors, levels of dopamine increase and flow to the reward areas of the brain, which results in the onset of feelings of relaxation and euphoria. These pleasurable effects and highly addictive properties of fentanyl make this medication one that possesses high potential to be abused. As is true for other opioids, once an addiction to or a dependence on fentanyl develops, it can be highly challenging for the user to overcome.

Thankfully, there are options for treatment that can help fentanyl users stop their dangerous behaviors. Medication-assisted treatment is one form of treatment that can help individuals who are battling an addiction to fentanyl make initial strides towards recovery. Medication-assisted treatment includes the use of specific medications that are proven effective in decreasing cravings, preventing painful withdrawal symptoms, and stopping the harmful effects that come from the prolonged abuse of opioids like fentanyl. By consuming these medications under the close supervision of certified professionals, individuals can come to develop the clarity of mind required to successfully move forward in their recovery journey.

At Baton Rouge Comprehensive Treatment Center, our certified and qualified staff of mental and medical health professionals are able to supply and monitor this type of effective treatment so that the adults who are battling with a fentanyl addiction can reclaim control within their lives. Here at Baton Rouge Comprehensive Treatment Center, we want to help you start living a life that is happy, well-balanced, and healthy, as well as free from the confines of fentanyl addiction.

Types of Treatment Offered at Baton Rouge Comprehensive Treatment Center

Baton Rouge Comprehensive Treatment Center, a network of outpatient treatment providers, supplies medication-assisted treatment for women and men who are ages 18 and older and who are battling fentanyl addiction. The tremendously talented and understanding staff of counselors, nurses, and doctors at Baton Rouge Comprehensive Treatment Center are committed to creating personalized treatment plans that are individualized to meet the needs of each patient who comes to us for care. The variety of medication-assisted treatments and therapeutic services that we provide at Baton Rouge Comprehensive Treatment Center include:

Methadone: Extensive research has outlined the safety and effectiveness of utilizing methadone in opioid addiction treatment when taken as directed and under the careful watch of qualified healthcare providers. Methadone works by triggering the same receptors in the brain that are stimulated through the abuse of fentanyl and other opioids. This means that patients can consume methadone and still attend school, go to work, operate a vehicle, and otherwise engage themselves in tasks of everyday living without being high or experiencing the all-consuming cravings for fentanyl or the upsetting withdrawal symptoms that occur when fentanyl use has ceased.

Suboxone: Suboxone obtained approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in approved medication assisted opioid addiction treatment programs. This medication is one that works through suppressing cravings for fentanyl and preventing withdrawal symptoms without causing the user to get high like he or she would through the abuse of this medication. Suboxone is the brand name for the combination of both buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine offers relief from cravings and withdrawal symptoms, while naloxone fights off abuse and overdose.

Subutex (buprenorphine): Subutex, like Suboxone, contains buprenorphine, which relieves individuals from fentanyl cravings and withdrawal symptoms without causing the uncoordinated high that comes with the abuse of this substance. Different from Suboxone, Subutex does not contain naloxone. Therefore, many medication-assisted treatment programs will start patients off on Subutex, and then switch them over to Suboxone for long-term maintenance.

Vivitrol: While Subutex, methadone, and Suboxone are all orally administered on a daily basis, Vivitrol is a longer-lasting medication and it is administered once a month through injection. The active ingredient in Vivitrol, naltrexone hydrochloride, is a chemical that helps prevent individuals from having cravings for their drug of choice while also minimizing the uncomfortable and often painful symptoms connected with fentanyl withdrawal.

Individual therapy: At Baton Rouge Comprehensive Treatment Center, we feel that in order for medication-assisted treatment programs to be successful for a long period of time, stherapeutic interventions are required in helping individuals who are battling fentanyl addiction. While medication stays active in helping to offer mental clarity and cognitive relief by reducing the physical symptoms of addiction, individual therapy can play the critical role in addressing the emotional, psychological, and behavioral symptoms that either led to or were exacerbated by one’s fentanyl use. Individual therapy is effective in helping patients meet one-on-one with a counselor to discuss their treatment progress and address any concerns that might arise.

Group therapy: In addition to the sessions that patients have during their individual therapy, Baton Rouge Comprehensive Treatment Center also supplies group therapy sessions that are capable of offering supportive and helpful interpersonal interactions within a supervised therapeutic environment. By partaking in group therapy with others who are battling with fentanyl or other opioid addictions, patients can achieve success in their recovery by receiving and providing support, encouragement, and personal insights to and from their peers. All group therapy sessions are led by counselors who are skilled in offering empathetic, educational, and structured session that are secure and productive for all involved.

Why Consider Treatment at Baton Rouge Comprehensive Treatment Center

Fentanyl abuse can cause individuals to become vulnerable to experiencing many dangerous consequences. From a physical vantage point, those who abuse their substance have been known to suffer from immune system depression, gastrointestinal problems, and overpowering feelings of sedation that can impact their daily functioning. Fentanyl abuse can also lead to a lack of motivation and changes within an individual’s overall personality, which often results in the user becoming unable to carry out responsibilities at work, which can cause job loss. Financial problems are also likely to impact those who battle with fentanyl addiction, and the loss of healthy relationships amongst loved ones can also occur. Additionally, serious changes in mood are common among those who use fentanyl, and increased levels of paranoia and the onset of hallucinations and delusions can occur when someone is struggling with this type of substance abuse problem. Luckily, by obtaining appropriate treatment services, these types of consequences can be overcome or avoided.

While defeating a fentanyl addiction can seem impossible for someone who is trapped within this deadly cycle of abuse, there are ways to achieve success over it. At Baton Rouge Comprehensive Treatment Center, our talented and dedicated experts are ready, willing, and able to help you make the decisions that will allow you face your addiction once and for all, defeat your desire to keep using, and go back to living a happy, healthy life that is no longer held back by fentanyl abuse.