Choosing the Best Fentanyl Rehab Program

Written by Chloe Nicosia

 

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If you know someone living with Fentanyl addiction and he or she wants to know how to stop using the drug, you can assist him or her in choosing the best Fentanyl rehab program. Fentanyl is a synthetic drug that is considered an opiate analgesic. It is most often prescribed for people who are living with chronic, relentless pain, for example in cases of cancer pain, or administered after surgery for pain management. While many people compare Fentanyl to morphine, it is in fact much stronger. According to the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, Fentanyl can be as high as 80 times more potent than morphine and even stronger when you compare it to heroin. Because of the highly addictive nature of the drug, Fentanyl withdrawal treatment is often needed when someone wants to get off of the drug.

Becoming addicted to Fentanyl is not uncommon. In some cases, patients may take more of the drug than prescribed or take it sooner than they are supposed to, believing if they can get more of the drug in their body than the pain will go away faster. One of the reasons Fentanyl is so popular when it comes to reducing pain is that it offers almost an instantaneous onset of symptom relief. For patients in severe distress, having his or her symptoms almost immediately resolved makes the possibility of becoming addicted to the drug and accustomed to the instant relief much higher. Once Fentanyl begins to work in the human body, an immediate state of euphoria and relaxation is felt. It binds to specific receptors in the brain, dulling the brain’s normal electrical signal function. This binding could result in a slowed heart rate, decreased breathing rate, slurring, decreased ability to concentrate, and trouble staying alert and awake.

With its status for being one of the strongest pain relievers on the market, it is not uncommon for patients who are addicted to try any route necessary to get the drug. This could include doctor shopping, buying the drug illegally on the streets, forging prescriptions, stealing medication, etc.  Because the drug is so potent, attempting to decrease or stop Fentanyl on one’s own could prove difficult as well as dangerous. This is why Fentanyl addiction withdrawal should only be completed under the supervision of medical professionals at a licensed detox and rehabilitation center. Professional Fentanyl withdrawal treatment provides constant observation and the ability for medical professionals to administer medications to decrease side effects.

When taking part in a withdrawal treatment program, it is crucial to pick the best Fentanyl rehab program for your specific needs. Fentanyl withdrawal treatment typically involves being part of an inpatient program that can last anywhere from 30 to 90 days or more depending on your addiction. Typically, the first part of the rehabilitation process is detoxification. You will stop taking the drug, begin to detoxify and slowly transition into a state of sobriety. From that point on, it will be time to take part in rehabilitation activities, such as counseling (both one-on-one and group), alternative therapies, cognitive behavioral activities, health and nutrition activities and more. Particular rehabilitation activities depend on which Fentanyl rehab program you choose.

Therapy is a crucial part of any Fentanyl withdrawal treatment program, as it will help you understand the root cause of your addiction and create alternatives you can lean on in the future instead of resorting to drugs. Being treated on an inpatient basis allows you to have constant interaction with counselors, therapists, medical professionals and other men and/or women who are walking the same road you are in recovery. Inpatient programs can be life-saving if you or someone you love is having a difficult time not using drugs in their every day environment. Being completely removed from that situation will offer you the support you need, plus a safe place to sleep, eat and interact with others.

At some point in your Fentanyl addiction and withdrawal treatment, it will be time to move forward into either an outpatient or perhaps a sober living house. Depending on your next steps, you will have the ability to be continually supported while you start to interact with the outside world. Outpatient programs allow individuals to continue their schooling, work, and see their friends and family. In addition, after you choose and complete the best Fentanyl recovery program for your needs, you will have the opportunity to start with a clean slate and begin a new journey. Aftercare support services are available to you such as Narcotics Anonymous, ongoing counseling, other 12-step programs, church programs and more. These support groups and services help you stay on track and maintain your sobriety after all of your hard work in rehab.

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