Medication-Assisted Treatment for Fentanyl Addiction 

Often compared to morphine, fentanyl is a synthetic opioid narcotic pain medication that is commonly prescribed to individuals who are struggling with pain after surgery or other types of medical procedures. Fentanyl works by binding to the opiate receptors in the brain which are located in the areas that are responsible for controlling pain and emotions. Once attached to these opiate receptors, fentanyl produces feelings of euphoria and extreme relaxation. Due to these pleasurable effects and the highly addictive properties of fentanyl, many individuals find themselves abusing this medication. Once an addiction to or dependence upon fentanyl has developed, many struggle with regaining control of their lives.

Luckily, treatment options do exist for those are battling an addiction to fentanyl, and one option is medication-assisted treatment. This form of treatment utilizes medications that are specifically formulated to minimize the discomforts of withdrawal while allowing individuals to play an active role in their treatment. When these medications are taken as prescribed under the close supervision of our medical team, patients are given the ability to progress towards a future that is substance-free.

Madison Comprehensive Treatment Center believes that by treating the physical and psychological components of addiction, patients are able to increase the likelihood that lasting recovery will occur. For this reason, patients are encouraged to incorporate the use of therapeutic interventions, such as individual and group therapy, into their treatment plan. We are here to assist you in progressing toward a life free from the dangers of fentanyl abuse.

Types of Treatment Offered at Madison Comprehensive Treatment Center

Madison Comprehensive Treatment Center specializes in the outpatient treatment of men and women, aged 18 and older, who are battling an addiction to fentanyl. The dedicated staff of nurses, counselors, and doctors at Madison Comprehensive Treatment Center is dedicated to developing customized plans of care that meet the unique needs of each patient who walks through our doors. Patients are able to incorporate the following medications and therapeutic interventions into their plans of treatment:

Methadone: First introduced in the 1960s for the treatment of opioid addiction, methadone has since assisted numerous individuals in safely alleviating the discomforts of withdrawal. Methadone works by interacting with the same receptors in the brain that are typically activated by the use of fentanyl or other opioids. Instead of creating feelings of euphoria and relaxation, use of methadone allows patients to play an active role in their treatment with a clear mind. Additionally, use of this medication alleviates the physical discomforts of withdrawal while keeping cravings for continued fentanyl use at bay.

Suboxone: Approved by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in licensed medication-assisted opioid addiction treatment programs, Suboxone works by alleviating the painful symptoms of withdrawal without causing patients to experience a fentanyl-related high through the use of buprenorphine and naloxone. The buprenorphine portion of this medication relieves the discomforts of withdrawal, while naloxone protects patients against overdose and abuse.

Subutex (Buprenorphine): Like Suboxone, Subutex uses buprenorphine in order to relieve the discomforts of withdrawal without causing patients to experience a euphoric high. Unlike Suboxone, however, Subutex does not contain naloxone. In many cases, patients who begin treatment by taking Subutex will later transition onto Suboxone for treatment maintenance.

Individual therapy: In order to enhance the medication-assisted treatment that is available through Madison Comprehensive Treatment Center, patients are encouraged to incorporate the use of individual therapy into their plans of care. Individual sessions provide patients with the chance to work one-on-one with an expert counselor in order to understand the emotional, behavioral, and psychological aspects that may have aided in the development of their addiction to fentanyl in the first place. These private sessions promote honest and open communication in a warm and welcoming environment. Individual therapy sessions also provide patients with the opportunity to work through any issues or questions that may arise during the course of treatment.

Group therapy: Complementing individual therapy at Madison Comprehensive Treatment Center are group therapy sessions. These counselor-led sessions bring patients together with other individuals who are also seeking treatment for addiction. When given the opportunity to work with their peers, patients are able to provide each other with the encouragement and support that are required in order to progress in treatment. These informative and structured sessions allow patients to openly discuss their emotions and experiences while progressing in treatment.

Why Consider Treatment at Madison Comprehensive Treatment Center

The abuse of fentanyl can result in a variety of detrimental consequences affecting the physical and psychological wellbeing of an individual. The abuse of this medication has been known to cause depression of the immune system, gastrointestinal problems, and the inability to function due to the overpowering feelings of sedation that it produces. Abuse of this medication also causes individuals to experience a lack of motivation that can shift one’s entire personality. This change in mood can contribute to failed relationships, the inability to maintain employment, and struggles with finances and other obligations. Additionally, the misuse of fentanyl is directly linked to the onset of delusions and hallucinations, as well as heightened levels of paranoia. These psychological struggles can manifest into additional problems and dangers. Should treatment not be received and the abuse of fentanyl be allowed to continue, fatality due to overdose becomes a real possibility.

While defeating an addiction to fentanyl may feel impossible and overwhelming, Madison Comprehensive Treatment Center is here to help. Our compassionate and experienced experts understand the challenges and complexities that are associated with the abuse of this medication. Our all-inclusive treatment approach prepares patients for a life that is free from addiction. Please contact us today if you or someone that you care for is battling an addiction to this powerful medication.