Fentanyl Addiction Treatment Center
Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid drug used to treat chronic pain and severe pain after surgery. Because it’s 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine, Fentanyl can be incredibly addictive, especially when abused, used recreationally, or not used as directed.
Prescription names for fentanyl include Actiq®, Duragesic®, and Sublimaze®. Street names include Apache, China Girl, Dance Fever, and others.
Overdose deaths related to fentanyl and other synthetic opioids are increasing in the U.S. In 2020, there were more than 63,000 deaths involving synthetic opioids.
Like heroin and other opioids, fentanyl binds to opioid receptors in the brain. With continued use the brain adapts to the drug, which makes it more difficult for the brain to produce its own neurotransmitters. Over time, it becomes harder to feel pleasure without the drug. This leads to a vicious cycle of needing more fentanyl just to feel normal.
Signs of Fentanyl Addiction
It’s not always obvious when you or a loved one has developed an addiction to fentanyl, especially if you were prescribed the drug for pain. Signs can be physical and behavioral, and may include:
- Difficulty controlling use/uncontrollable cravings
- Weight loss
- Trouble sleeping
- Frequent flu-like symptoms
- Changes in personal hygiene (unkempt appearance)
- Isolation from family or friends
- Stealing from family, friends, or businesses
- Financial troubles
Fentanyl Withdrawal and Side Effects
Stopping fentanyl use can produce extremely uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms, including:
- Muscle and bone pain
- Diarrhea and vomiting
- Cold flashes
- Sleep disturbances
- Uncontrollable leg movements
- Severe cravings
Because fentanyl withdrawal symptoms can be severe, many people find it difficult or impossible to stop taking it without help.
The FDA has approved several medications to help ease opioid withdrawal symptoms, including methadone (a full opioid agonist), Suboxone and Buprenorphine (both partial opioid agonist), Naltrexone, which blocks opioid receptors from receiving the drug.
BriteLife’s Fentanyl Addiction Treatment Program
BriteLife Recovery provides comprehensive care for fentanyl dependency and addiction. Our South Carolina fentanyl rehab center provides a sanctuary-like setting designed to promote healing and recovery.
Our clients begin with medically supervised detox, during which our clinical team provides round-the-clock care to help clients detox safely and comfortably. We may use medications (e.g., methadone or naltrexone) to help ease withdrawal symptoms.
After detoxification most of our clients move into a residential or inpatient program, which focuses on the behavioral aspects of addiction. Some clients may be eligible for our outpatient program, which allows them the freedom to resume working or going to school while living at home.
The foundation of BriteLife’s Fentanyl rehab programs is individual and group counseling. Our experienced therapists use evidence-based therapeutic approaches, including cognitive behavioral therapy, which helps clients change their expectations and behaviors to effectively manage triggers and stress. We also use motivational interviewing, a patient-centered approach that helps address a person’s mixed feelings to change their behavior.
Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Fentanyl
Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) is the doctor-supervised use of medication to treat opioid use disorder (OUD) like Fentanyl addiction. In fact, the majority of research indicates that medication assisted Fentanyl treatment is shown to be the most successful approach, drastically outpacing traditional forms of addiction therapy that depend on therapy alone.
While most other opioid use disorder treatment providers only prescribe medication, BriteLife recovery adopts doctor-dispensed medication as an important element of our evidence-based treatment (EBT) program. This is a more effective and responsible approach to the use of medication to treat Fentanyl addiction.