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Fentanyl Addiction

Fentanyl-Inpatient-Addiction-CenterFentanyl is the most potent prescription opioid available, and it’s one of the deadliest. Of the tens of thousands of opioid overdose deaths that occur each year, fentanyl is involved in the majority of them. Fentanyl is used in medicine to treat severe pain. Most often fentanyl is used for cancer breakthrough pain in patients who are already opioid-tolerant.

Fentanyl is also made illegally in laboratories and sold on the black market. Some people may seek fentanyl out because of how powerful it is and the high it creates. Many others don’t realize they’re using fentanyl and instead think they’re using a less potent opioid such as heroin or other prescription pain medications.

When someone is experiencing symptoms of fentanyl addiction or addiction to any opioid, they most likely need professional treatment. Fentanyl inpatient treatment is one option.

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The Fentanyl Rehab Process

What a lot of people are surprised to learn is that fentanyl rehab is a process. It’s not usually the case for someone to attend one type of rehab program and be “cured” of their addiction.

Addiction is a complex, chronic disorder. It’s treatable, but not necessarily curable. The most effective treatment plans tend to be ongoing and include several steps along the way, as well as long-term follow-up.

If someone seeks treatment for fentanyl addiction or any other kind of opioid addiction, the steps may include:

  • A medical detox during which a patient can safely and comfortably go through withdrawal. Fentanyl withdrawal symptoms can be flu-like, and there can also be psychological symptoms. Medical detox is a situation where patients can receive medicine, monitoring, and any other necessary interventions.
  • Following a full fentanyl detox, patients can then begin inpatient rehab. Inpatient rehab requires patients to stay overnight in the treatment facility for a period of time. This is usually around 28 to 30 days, although it can be shorter or longer depending on the program.
  • After a patient develops some coping mechanisms and then stabilizes, they might move down to a partial hospitalization program or an outpatient rehab.
  • Once someone completes rehab, their addiction treatment team will create an aftercare plan for them, which may include continuing therapy and participation in a 12-step program like Narcotics Anonymous.

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Do You Need Fentanyl Inpatient Rehab?

It can be difficult for people to see what’s happening in their own life with their drug use. They may be in denial, or they may ignore the severity of their situation.

So how do you know if fentanyl inpatient rehab is right for you? The following are some signs that you may need to participate in an inpatient rehab program for fentanyl addiction:

  • The feeling that you want to stop using opioids, but you’re unable
  • Strong cravings for fentanyl or other opioids
  • Problems at school, work or home resulting from drug use
  • Loss of interest in activities that you were previously involved in
  • Much of your time and energy goes toward obtaining and using more fentanyl
  • You’re putting yourself in dangerous situations either to get more fentanyl or while you’re high on fentanyl
  • You’ve developed a tolerance to the drug and need higher doses to get the same effects

Inpatient vs. Outpatient Fentanyl Treatment

Fentanyl-Inpatient-Detox-MountainSometimes people are apprehensive about participating in an inpatient rehab program for different reasons. They may wonder about the differences between inpatient and outpatient rehab.

While there are many, the following are some of the most prominent distinctions:

  • Inpatient fentanyl rehab requires a patient to check in for a period of time
  • Outpatient rehab is not very formal, and there isn’t a check-in process
  • During inpatient rehab, other areas of the patient’s life have to be put on hold, but this isn’t the case with outpatient rehab
  • Inpatient rehab can be significantly more expensive than outpatient treatment because it’s a more comprehensive, involved type of treatment
  • Success rates vary depending on the individual and how long they stay in treatment

Advantages of Inpatient Fentanyl Rehab

When deciding on a treatment program, it’s important for people to understand there are many benefits of inpatient rehab, especially for a drug as potent as fentanyl.

The benefits of fentanyl inpatient treatment include:

  • Inpatient rehab offers a very safe, supportive and insulated environment. This may not reflect the real world, but it’s important in the early days of treatment, as someone is trying to stabilize and learn how to live without the use of fentanyl once again.
  • Addiction treatment needs to be comprehensive. The goal is to help someone stop using fentanyl, but the drug addiction isn’t the only thing that needs to be treated. The whole person needs to be considered, and inpatient rehab offers the opportunity for this level of holistic treatment to be delivered.
  • When someone is checked into inpatient rehab for fentanyl, there aren’t the outside stresses of daily life that could trigger them and lead to a relapse. Everything is focused on treatment and recovery.
  • Many times addiction occurs along with other mental disorders. An inpatient rehab program can offer dual diagnosis treatment for those disorders, as well as medication management.
  • Most inpatient rehabs also include an onsite medical detox program.

Overall the environment of inpatient rehab is one that’s highly structured and supervised. This can be incredibly valuable in the early days of treatment, which are often the most difficult.

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What Is Inpatient Fentanyl Rehab Like?

Fentanyl-Inpatient-Shore-Recovery-CenterInpatient fentanyl rehab is very organized and scheduled. There isn’t a lot of free time or unscheduled time in the day. A day might include the following:

  • When patients wake up in the morning, they may have time for meditation, and then they will have a healthy breakfast.
  • The morning routine at inpatient rehab may also include certain chores in some cases.
  • Many rehab programs will also have early morning classes or programs.
  • Group sessions occur during inpatient rehab, as do individual therapy sessions.
  • During the afternoon patients will likely continue their therapy sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy is one of the types of therapy most often used in inpatient rehab. Cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT looks at how individuals respond to certain triggers. During CBT sessions, patients can also learn how to respond in better ways to triggers.
  • Many inpatient rehab programs will also offer specialized therapy sessions such as anger or stress management.
  • Family therapy may be part of inpatient rehab when it’s feasible.
  • Alternative forms of therapy may be introduced during inpatient fentanyl rehab, like music therapy, exercise, or biofeedback.

If you feel like you’re ready to take the next step or help your loved one do so, contact Amethyst Recovery. We can help you learn more about inpatient fentanyl rehab, and how to get help.

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