Fentanyl Addiction Treatment
What is Fentanyl Addiction
From 2002 to 2017, there was a 22-fold increase in the total number of deaths involving Fentanyl and other synthetic Opioids. The CDC calls Fentanyl “the deadliest drug in America,” and it accounted for 28.8 percent of drug-related deaths in 2016, surpassing Heroin at 25.1 percent.
Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic Opioid that is 50 – 100 times stronger than morphine. It was initially created for pain management for cancer patients and meant to be used as a patch to slowly release the drug into the body. However, when sold illicitly, it can be in powder form, dropped on blotter paper, in eye droppers or nasal sprays, or made into pills that look like real prescription Opioids.
Because it is relatively inexpensive, Fentanyl is also being mixed and “cut” into other drugs, such as Cocaine, Heroin, Methamphetamine, and MDMA, to create an extremely powerful compound. Users are often unaware of that what they are taking contains Fentanyl, leading to overdose and often death.
How Fentanyl Addiction Works
Like Heroin, Morphine, and other Opioid drugs, Fentanyl works by binding to the body’s Opioid receptors, which are found in areas of the brain that control pain and emotions. After prolonged use, the brain adapts to the drug, limiting its effectiveness. The user requires more and more Fentanyl to get the same “initial rush” as the first time.
When people become addicted, drug-seeking and drug use take over their lives. The effects of Fentanyl may include:
- Extreme happiness
- Problems breathing
Symptoms of Fentanyl Withdrawal
Because of its potency, Fentanyl is extremely addictive. Even people who are using Fentanyl under the supervision of a doctor can develop a dependency. For addicts, withdrawal can be extremely difficult
Severe withdrawal symptoms may begin as early as a few hours after the drug was last taken. Some of these include:
- Muscle and bone pain
- Sleep problems
- Diarrhea and vomiting
- Cold flashes with goosebumps
- Uncontrollable leg movements
- Severe cravings
With the help of medically-monitored Detox, addicts can manage their withdrawal symptoms in a safe and more comfortable environment. Coping with withdrawal makes it more likely that the patient will remain in treatment.
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Outpatient Addiction Treatment for Fentanyl
Fentanyl treatment and rehabilitation programs at TOPSAIL integrate a range of treatment, therapy, educational programming, and follow-up care.
Following a thorough assessment with an addiction treatment professional, there are several options for treatment for Drug addiction. They fall into 3 categories.
- PHP or Full-Day Treatments – Comprehensive treatment programs that meet 5 times a week at our facility in Andover, MA.
- Intensive Outpatient Treatment – An immersive treatment program that helps individuals with substance abuse and addiction problems while they live at home.
- Outpatient Treatment – Customized treatment plans that accommodate work, school, or other responsibilities living at home.
Does Insurance pay for Fentanyl Addiction Treatment?
Many insurance carriers cover some, if not all, of the cost for Fentanyl addiction treatment. This can include Outpatient Programs, Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP), and Full-day Therapy/Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP).
TOPSAIL accepts most of the major insurance plans in MA and will work with you to understand how your insurance may cover your treatment. See our list of insurance carriers and learn more here or call 978-475-0002 today.
Drug Abuse Treatment in Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire
Fentanyl addiction and overdoes are tearing through communities in Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire at an alarming rate. Topsail Addiction Treatment offers clinically- proven Fentanyl Addiction Outpatient Programs and is located centrally for people living in Greater Boston, the North Shore, Metro-North, Lawrence, Lowell, and Southern New Hampshire.
The dedicated, caring, and professional TOPSAIL staff can help you overcome your addictions and take back control of your lives.