Medical Detoxification (Detox)
Stopping fentanyl use can cause serious side effects, so it’s important for people struggling with substance abuse to get professional help. In a medical detox program, an experienced treatment provider monitors patients as they eliminate fentanyl and other substances from their bodies. Staff members take each patient’s vital signs regularly to make sure no one is at risk of a medical emergency associated with severe fentanyl withdrawal symptoms. Some patients are even given medications to help them through the worst of the detox process, ensuring they’re healthy enough to start residential treatment. Anyone experiencing withdrawal symptoms should consider medical detox before any other type of treatment for substance abuse.
Fentanyl Withdrawal Symptoms
Medical detox can help patients cope with the following withdrawal symptoms:
- Increased anxiety
- Mood changes
- Stomach cramps
- Muscle cramps
- Rapid heart rate
- Changes in blood pressure
- Suicidal thoughts
- Difficulty sleeping
Residential Treatment for Fentanyl Addiction
Once a patient’s opioid withdrawal symptoms have been managed appropriately, residential treatment is typically the next step. Although the terms inpatient treatment and residential treatment are often used interchangeably, there are some subtle differences. Inpatient treatment is provided in a separate unit of a hospital, requiring patients to stay in a clinical environment for several weeks. In contrast, residential treatment occurs in an environment that’s similar to a private home. Patients tend to feel more comfortable in a residential environment than in a clinical one.
Virtue Recovery Center offers personalized treatment for fentanyl abuse and other types of addiction. Our treatment center is a home away from home for people recovering from substance use disorder, as we have a team of experienced addiction specialists available to provide counseling, medication-assisted treatment and other services. Patients receive three gourmet meals per day and have regular opportunities to exercise and meditate, ensuring their bodies are strong enough to recover from opioid use disorder. Every treatment plan is customized to include the therapeutic interventions most likely to help a patient overcome fentanyl dependency.
Virtue Recovery Center offers the following treatment types at its residential fentanyl treatment facility:
- Individual therapy
- Group therapy
- Family therapy
- Addiction-related medical care
- Treatment for co-occurring disorders
- Medication management
Outpatient Fentanyl Addiction Treatment
Some patients can’t enter a residential fentanyl treatment program due to financial concerns or personal commitments. For example, it may be difficult to arrange for childcare or get approved for a leave of absence from work. These patients can still receive fentanyl treatment by participating in outpatient programs, which provide access to support groups and several types of therapy, ensuring patients have the support they need to stop using fentanyl and other substances.
Medications for Fentanyl Addiction
Medication-assisted treatment is also an option for patients struggling with a fentanyl addiction. The FDA has approved three medications to help people stop using opioids and start recovering from substance use disorder: buprenorphine, methadone and naltrexone. Buprenorphine controls withdrawal symptoms and reduces the potential for opioid misuse, while methadone reduces opioid cravings and blocks the effects of opioids on the central nervous system. Naltrexone can be used to treat opioid use disorder and alcohol use disorder, as it blocks opioid receptors and reduces cravings. These medications should be used under careful supervision.