Medication-Assisted Treatment for Fentanyl Addiction 

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid narcotic pain medication that works by binding to the opiate receptors in the brain that are located in the areas of the brain that are responsible for controlling pain and emotions. Commonly compared to morphine, fentanyl is prescribed to individuals who are experiencing pain after surgery or other type of medical procedure. While use of this medication can alleviate the discomforts of withdrawal, it also produces feelings of extreme relaxation and euphoria. These pleasurable effects often result in individuals consuming this medication recreationally. When taken outside of its prescribed intent, the misuse of fentanyl can result in dependence and addiction. Once addicted to this potent medication, many individuals struggle with regaining control of their lives.

While defeating an addiction to fentanyl may feel overwhelming and impossible, treatment options are available. While there are multiple treatment programs available, none are as effective as medication-assisted treatment. Medication-assisted treatment provides patients with specific medications that are designed to alleviate the discomforts of withdrawal while allowing them to actively play a role in their treatment. When taken as directed under the care of our medical staff, the use of these medications is extremely safe and effective.

Anchorage Comprehensive Treatment Center believes that by taking a comprehensive treatment approach, patients are able to increase the likelihood that they will achieve lasting recovery. By utilizing therapeutic interventions such as individual and group therapy alongside medication assisted treatment, individuals are given the opportunity to come to know a life that is free from the dangers of fentanyl abuse.

Types of Treatment Offered at Anchorage Comprehensive Treatment Center

Men and women, aged 18 and older, who are struggling with an addiction to fentanyl are invited to take part in the outpatient services provided by Anchorage Comprehensive Treatment Center. Our compassionate teams of nurses, counselors, and doctors work closely with patients in order to develop customized plans of treatment that embody individual needs and goals. Patients of Anchorage Comprehensive Treatment Center are invited to incorporate the following medications and therapeutic services into their treatment plan:

Methadone: Prescribed since the 1960s for the treatment of opioid addiction, methadone has since assisted countless individuals with safely eliminating the discomforts of withdrawal while minimizing cravings for continued fentanyl use. Methadone interacts with the same receptors in the brain that are typically activated by the misuse of fentanyl. But rather than causing feelings of euphoria or relaxation, methadone provides patients with the mental clarity that they require in order to actively play a role in their treatment. Patients who are prescribed this medication are able to take part in daily activities such as work, driving, and school, in an unimpaired manner.

Suboxone: Approved in 2002 by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of opioid addiction, Suboxone works by relieving the discomforts of withdrawal without producing feelings of euphoria. Using a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone, Suboxone minimizes the discomforts of withdrawal while simultaneously protecting patients against overdose and abuse.

Subutex (Buprenorphine): Like Suboxone, Subutex uses buprenorphine in order to minimize the painful symptoms of withdrawal without producing feelings of euphoria or relaxation. Unlike Suboxone, however, Subutex does not contain naloxone. Many patients who begin treatment by taking Subutex will eventually transition onto Suboxone for treatment maintenance.

Individual therapy: Through the use of therapeutic interventions, patients of Anchorage Comprehensive Treatment Center are able to enhance the effectiveness of the medication-assisted treatment that we offer. Individual therapy supplies patients with support and treatment for the behavioral, psychological, and emotional aspects of their addiction. By working one-on-one with one of our expert counselors, patients are able to address and treat the root causes of their addictive behaviors. Individual therapy sessions also provide a safe and supportive environment in which to work through any issues or questions that may arise during the course of treatment.

Group therapy: In addition to individual therapy, patients of Anchorage Comprehensive Treatment Center are invited to incorporate the use of group therapy sessions into their treatment plan. Group sessions bring patients together under the guidance of a highly qualified counselor in order to discuss a variety of topics relating to addiction and recovery. By working with other individuals who are also receiving treatment for addiction, patients are able to provide each other with the support and encouragement that they require in order to progress in treatment. Sessions are structured and educational so that patients can successfully move forward in recovery.

Why Consider Treatment at Anchorage Comprehensive Treatment Center

The misuse of fentanyl can result in a variety of physical and psychological consequences. The abuse of this medication is linked to the inability to function due to the feelings of sedation that it produces, depression of the immune system, and gastrointestinal problems. Many find that their overall personality is shifted which can contribute to damaged relationships, career loss due to the inability to perform in the workplace, and involvement in illegal activities in order to feed their addictive behaviors. Additionally, many experience the onset of hallucinations and delusions as well as increased feelings of paranoia. These psychological struggles rapidly result in new obstacles that must be overcome. If the abuse of fentanyl continues and treatment is not received, the risk of fatality due to overdose becomes a reality.

Although defeating an addiction to fentanyl may feel impossible, you are not alone. Anchorage Comprehensive Treatment Center understands the challenges and complexities that accompany an addiction to fentanyl. Our compassionate staff of experts is here to supply you or a loved one with the all-inclusive treatment that is required in order to safely and successfully break free from the chains of addiction. Please contact us today to learn more about the treatment options that we offer, as well as how you can take the first steps toward a future free from fentanyl abuse.