Medication-Assisted Treatment for Fentanyl Addiction 

Commonly compared to morphine due to its ability to treat severe and chronic pain, fentanyl is a synthetic opioid narcotic pain medication that is typically prescribed after a medical procedure. The use of fentanyl causes increased levels of dopamine to be released by binding to the opiate receptors in the brain. These increased levels cause heightened feelings of euphoria and relaxation, which often causes individuals to seek more of this medication. Once an individual begins consuming fentanyl recreationally, he or she can quickly develop a tolerance and addiction to this powerful medication. Although successfully overcoming an addiction to fentanyl may feel impossible, treatment is available.

The medication-assisted treatment available through Inland Empire Comprehensive Treatment Centers provides patients with the ability to safely and successfully break free from the chains of fentanyl addiction. This form of treatment utilizes specific prescription medications that are specifically designed to eliminate the physical symptoms and discomforts of withdrawal while diminishing cravings for continued fentanyl use. In addition to medication-assisted treatment, patients of Inland Empire Comprehensive Treatment Centers are able to partake in therapeutic interventions as part of their treatment in order to increase the likelihood that lasting recovery will occur. Patients who access comprehensive care are able to receive support and treatment for both the emotional and physical components of their addictive behaviors.

While overcoming an addiction to fentanyl may feel overwhelming, the compassionate treatment experts at Inland Empire Comprehensive Treatment Centers are here to assist you in safely doing so. A life outside of addiction is achievable with the tools, education, and treatment that are supplied through our services.

Types of Treatment Offered at Inland Empire Comprehensive Treatment Centers

Inland Empire Comprehensive Treatment Centers provide outpatient treatment to individuals aged 18 and older who are struggling with an addiction to fentanyl. Our comprehensive outpatient treatment provides patients with the opportunity to work alongside our teams of physicians, nurses, and counselors in order to develop a customized plan of treatment that meets their individual needs. The following medications and therapeutic interventions are available for patients to incorporate into their treatment plan:

Methadone: Extensive clinical research has confirmed the safety and effectiveness of methadone in the treatment of opioid addiction. When taken as prescribed, the use of this medication provides relief from the physical discomforts of withdrawal without causing patients to experience cognitive impairments. Methadone allows patients to progress in their treatment with mental clarity while being able to take part in daily activities such as work and driving in an uninterrupted manner.

Suboxone: Using a combination of naloxone and buprenorphine, Suboxone provides patients with relief from the physical discomforts of withdrawal. The naloxone portion of Suboxone protects patients against abuse and overdose, while buprenorphine alleviates withdrawal symptoms and cravings for continued fentanyl use. This medication has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of opioid addiction.

Subutex (Buprenorphine): Subutex consists of buprenorphine as its active ingredient in order to eliminate the physical symptoms of withdrawal while keeping cravings for additional fentanyl use at bay. Patients who are initially prescribed Subutex have the option to transition onto Suboxone for long-term treatment maintenance.

Vivitrol: Unlike the other prescription options available, Vivitrol is given once monthly via injection. Vivitrol has naltrexone hydrochloride as its active ingredient that reduces the physical discomforts that occur during the withdrawal process and eliminates cravings for continued fentanyl use.

Individual therapy: In order for patients to achieve lasting recovery, treatment for both the emotional and physical components of their addiction must be addressed. While the medications prescribed in treatment help to eliminate the physical discomforts associated with addiction, patients must also receive treatment and support for the emotional. Individual therapy provides patients with the opportunity to openly discuss their addiction and recovery in a one-on-one setting with a highly qualified counselor. These sessions help to address and treat the underlying causes of a patient’s addiction in order to appropriately prepare for a substance-free future. Individual sessions also allow patients to work through any issues or questions that may occur during the course of treatment.

Group therapy: Inland Empire Comprehensive Treatment Centers also provide patients with the opportunity to take part in group therapy sessions. These counselor-led sessions bring patients together in order to discuss a variety of topics related to addiction and recovery. Group sessions provide patients with the education and support that is necessary to progress in treatment. Patients are able to provide encouragement to each other, which can help individuals progress towards a future free from fentanyl and other substances.

Why Consider Treatment at Inland Empire Comprehensive Treatment Centers

The physical and emotional dangers associated with the abuse of fentanyl can quickly escalate if left untreated. The abuse of fentanyl can cause gastrointestinal issues, the inability to properly function due to the feelings of euphoria and relaxation that are produced when this medication is taken, and a depression of the immune system. Many individuals find it impossible to appropriately handle daily obligations such as work, which can result in job loss and subsequent financial stresses. Once valuable relationships quickly begin to fade as obtaining more and abusing fentanyl takes priority over everything else. In addition, fentanyl abuse can cause dramatic shifts in mood, the onset of hallucinations, and high levels of paranoia. Though, while it may feel impossible, recovery is achievable.

Inland Empire Comprehensive Treatment Centers provide patients with the highest quality of treatment available. Our staff of addiction treatment experts understands the challenges and overwhelming emotions that accompany safely and successfully defeating an addiction to fentanyl. We are here to provide you or someone that you love with the compassion and care that you deserve.