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Residential Treatment for Fentanyl Addiction
When someone is struggling with fentanyl, residential treatment is almost always the right option. Some opioids may lead to a milder addiction or dependence, but fentanyl is very potent, extremely addictive and often deadly.
“Deadly synthetic opioids like fentanyl are now the main drivers of drug overdose deaths in the United States,” says Linda Richter, Ph.D. Richter serves as the director of policy research and analysis for the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse.
The following are a few key things to know about the opioid fentanyl:
- Fentanyl is a schedule II controlled substance in the U.S., meaning the DEA sees it as having a high potential for abuse, addiction, and dependence
- Fentanyl is available by prescription, primarily to treat breakthrough cancer pain, but it’s also manufactured in illegal labs
- Fentanyl is estimated to be 100 times stronger than morphine and at least 50 times stronger than heroin
- Even tiny amounts of fentanyl can be deadly
- Fentanyl is often added to opioid drugs sold on the black market without the buyer knowing
What Is Residential Treatment?
Residential treatment means that patients check-in to a rehab facility, where they stay overnight for a period of time. Residential treatment typically begins with a medical detox. Following a complete fentanyl detox, patients then begin actual treatment.
Residential rehab for fentanyl addiction can last for 28 to 30 days or longer. Following a stay in residential rehab, most patients will then step down to a less intensive level of care. This may mean they begin a partial hospitalization or day treatment program, or it could be outpatient rehab.
Choosing a Residential Rehab
Whether you’re choosing a residential rehab for yourself or your loved one, it should be a comfortable, welcoming facility. Rehab is hard work, and the more at-home a patient can feel while they’re there, the more likely they are to be engaged in treatment and to stay for the duration of the program.
A lot of patients feel comfortable with a residential rehab that uses a 12-step framework for treatment. This is because 12-step programs tend to have high engagement rates, and there is also a support group component that can make for a better residential treatment experience.
Once a patient completes residential rehab, it’s easier for them to transition into an outside 12-step program.
Some specific questions to consider when choosing a residential treatment center for fentanyl addiction include:
- How much will treatment cost, and what are the payment options? Is private insurance accepted?
- Is it possible to visit the residential treatment center before actually going?
- Would traveling out-of-state be beneficial for you? For many people struggling with addiction, leaving their environment of drug use is beneficial.
- Is there a waiting list, or can treatment begin immediately?
- What are the credentials, licensing and certifications held by the center itself and the staff?
- How is treatment approached? What is the treatment philosophy?
- What is the role of family and friends during treatment? Are they included in treatment plans, and is family support offered?
- What would a typical day be like and what types of therapy and activities are patients expected to participate in?
- What is the aftercare planning like? Is there a long-term follow-up?
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Preparing for Residential Addiction Treatment
When someone does decide to go to residential treatment for an addiction to fentanyl, it can feel overwhelming. To participate in residential rehab means you’re leaving your home, your job, your family and what you’re used to. You’re leaving behind your daily life. This can be beneficial because it allows you to fully immerse yourself in treatment. However, doing something so new can also be intimidating.
To prepare for residential addiction treatment, you should first commit to it. Staying in treatment for an adequate amount of time is one of the key components linked to more favorable outcomes. Going into a residential treatment center with a medical detox on the premises can help with this.
Support From Within
Sometimes withdrawal symptoms can be so uncomfortable that they’re one of the biggest deterrents to staying in treatment. With a medical detox, the staff can help reduce these symptoms and increase the comfort level of patients.
Even though it’s difficult, it’s also important to go into residential treatment with the right attitude, and few distractions from your life outside of treatment.
Paying for Residential Rehab
Along with the discomfort of withdrawal, another deterrent for people who need rehab can be the cost. The cost of rehab varies depending on the center and the level of care. Residential rehab is more expensive than outpatient treatment, but for most people, it also tends to be more effective.
What a lot of people don’t realize is that many private health insurance plans will cover some or all of the costs of residential addiction treatment.
If you’re not sure whether your insurance plan would cover residential rehab, you can contact the company and determine the coverage you have.
Managing Your Job and Bills While You’re In Treatment
Along with the cost, another barrier to receiving treatment, is the fear individuals have of keeping their job and managing the bills and household living expenses while away.
As far as your job, there are certain protections in place that can help prevent the loss of your job if you’re going to residential treatment. There are federal protections under both the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act. For example, under the FMLA, addiction is covered as an illness and employers must treat employees who are going for drug rehab treatment in the same way they would any other illness.
As far as managing bills and expenses, it can be helpful to set up automatic payments for all of the things that you have to continue to manage while you’re away. You can also cancel certain services or pause them if you’re not going to be using them while you’re in treatment, to save money.
Fentanyl Sober Living Facilities
Along with traditional short or long-term residential rehab, another residential treatment option is called a sober living facility or house. A sober living house is a place where people can come and go as they please, to an extent, but there are rules and guidelines for the people who live there.
Most people go to a sober living house after completing inpatient rehab, once they have learned some skills and coping mechanisms but aren’t fully ready to return home.
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Finding Residential Treatment for Fentanyl Addiction
Fentanyl is involved in tens of thousands of deaths in the U.S. each year. These deaths are preventable, however. If you’re struggling with fentanyl or opioids in general, residential rehab can provide the treatment you need. Contact Amethyst Recovery to learn more about residential treatment, what to expect, and how to prepare for this big step.
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