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Fentanyl is an extremely powerful, synthetic opioid used to treat severe and/or chronic pain. Fentanyl is one of the most addictive and potent substances on the planet and has an extremely high potential for abuse, addiction, and overdose-related death.
People who are struggling with fentanyl addiction typically require professional addiction treatment to safely and successfully quit. At Miracles in Action, we provide an array of clinically proven therapies and drug addiction treatments for those struggling with substance use disorders, including fentanyl abuse and addiction. At our facility, located in Northridge, our caring staff provides the guidance, tools, and support our patients need to successfully navigate recovery and move forward with healthy, happy, and sober lives.
Is Fentanyl Addiction Treatment Effective?
Fentanyl addiction treatment has been proven to be effective in some individuals. A successful recovery depends on many factors, most importantly, the individual’s willingness to actively participate in the recovery process. The more a person prioritizes their recovery, the better their chances of succeeding.
Because it can be very dangerous to suddenly stop using fentanyl, it is generally not recommended that a person go “cold turkey,” or stop taking fentanyl entirely, when it comes to quitting. Instead, most people will require medical detox, whether in a residential rehab facility or via certified outpatient detox. The detox process should be properly monitored by medical professionals to ensure it is safe and effective.
Often, medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is used to help people safely detox from fentanyl. This involves prescribing certain medications to help ease withdrawal symptoms. MAT is carefully monitored and overseen by medical professionals.
Following detox, many people struggling with fentanyl addiction require either inpatient care in a residential rehab center, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient treatment, or some combination of these programs. At Miracles in Action, we carefully review each patient’s individual needs to help design a custom treatment program that’s right for them. Our Northridge fentanyl addiction treatments are based on proven methods, including various forms of individual and group therapy, medication-assisted treatment, life skills improvement, and ongoing support/aftercare.
We believe in a whole-person approach that not only accounts for addiction but also the underlying environmental, genetic, and socioeconomic factors that drive it. Our dual-diagnosis treatment program is specifically designed to help those with co-occurring mental and behavioral health disorders, and we offer special substance addiction treatment programs for college students, first responders, and others.
If you or someone you care about is struggling with fentanyl addiction in Northridge or the surrounding areas, contact our team today to learn how we can help.
As with other drugs, the clearest sign of fentanyl addiction is physical and/or mental dependency on the drug. Generally speaking, a person has become dependent on a substance when they experience withdrawal symptoms when not using the substance.
Fentanyl withdrawal is notoriously unpleasant. Symptoms of fentanyl withdrawal include:
- Muscle aches
- Joint pain
- Stomach cramps
- Runny nose
- Excessive sweating
- Increased yawning
- Nausea and vomiting
- Loss of appetite
- Increased heart rate and respiratory rate
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Dilated pupils
Fentanyl withdrawal symptoms typically peak during the first few days after a person stops using the drug and taper off in about a week or two. However, many factors influence an individual’s withdrawal timeline, including their current and past fentanyl use, tolerance level, size, weight, age, overall health, and more.
How does drug addiction treatment work?
Addiction affects everyone differently. As such, there is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to drug addiction treatment. Instead, the process begins with a personal assessment and evaluation. During this initial meeting, our drug addiction treatment specialists ask a series of questions designed to assess an individual’s level of addiction and recovery needs. Once the assessment is complete, our specialists recommend a personalized treatment program. This program may involve a combination of proven addiction treatments, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, group therapy, family therapy, stress management, and more. Most often, our patients begin by attending treatment several days a week at one of our facilities. As they progress through recovery, the number of times they need to visit the facility for treatment may gradually decrease.
If I go to rehab, will I have to live at the rehab facility?
Whether or not you will need to live full-time at a rehab facility will depend on the specific details of your situation. For those struggling with very severe substance use disorders, inpatient (or residential) treatment may be recommended. Others, however, may benefit from an outpatient (or non-residential) rehab program.
What is outpatient treatment?
Outpatient treatment simply means that you do not live full-time at the rehab facility where you receive addiction treatment services. Instead, you visit the facility several times a week for several hours at a time to attend therapy, take part in support group meetings, and receive other treatments specifically tailored to you and your recovery. You then return home to sleep and manage outside responsibilities, such as going to school, working, or taking care of your child. Our outpatient treatment programs include Drug & Alcohol Addiction recovery along with Mental Health Disorders.
How long does drug addiction treatment take?
The amount of time you will need to attend drug addiction treatment will depend on numerous factors, including the severity of your substance use disorder, whether or not you have a co-occurring mental or behavioral health condition, the amount of support you receive at home, your risk of relapse, and much more. Generally speaking, recovery is a lifelong process. At Miracles in Action, we provide ongoing support and comprehensive aftercare services to our patients. No matter where you are in your recovery, you can count on our team to be there for you every step of the way.
Like other opioids—including both illicit opiates like heroin and prescription drugs such as OxyContin and Vicodin—fentanyl affects various pathways in the brain. The drug attaches to opioid receptors, which are responsible for controlling emotions and feelings of pain. This results in profound feelings of euphoria, relaxation, sedation, and pain relief.
Over time, these changes can cause the brain to become less able or unable to regulate pain and emotions on its own. This can lead to decreased amounts of dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, and other “feel-good” chemicals in the brain, meaning a person will feel increasingly “down” or depressed when not using fentanyl. This, in turn, can cause an individual to continue using fentanyl more frequently to avoid these unpleasant feelings, as well as symptoms associated with withdrawal.
Over time, fentanyl abuse can lead to increased tolerance, in which an individual needs a greater quantity of the drug to achieve the same effects. This can lead to dependence and addiction. Increased tolerance is particularly dangerous with fentanyl, as even very small amounts of the drug can cause a fatal overdose. Depending on an individual’s size, weight, tolerance, and past use, even two milligrams of fentanyl can be deadly.
Sometimes, fentanyl overdose occurs when a person does not even realize they are taking fentanyl or does not realize that they are taking a fatal dose. Fentanyl is often mixed with other drugs, including cocaine, pills, and even marijuana. Someone who purchases a street drug may not realize that it contains fentanyl and could be at risk of overdose.
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