Inpatient rehab for fentanyl addiction is a crucial step towards recovery. Due to the addictive nature of this drug addiction, as with an opioid addiction, patients need 24-hour care and medical supervision. The withdrawal symptoms of fentanyl abuse can turn deadly quickly. It’s not just the overdoses that drug addicts need to be wary of. People with a fentanyl addiction require medical detox and medications during their addiction treatment. Without these components, they are not likely to recover. In fact, relapses become much more likely to happen.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), fentanyl is involved in over 50% of opioid-related overdoses.
Only about 80% of opioid addicts ever seek treatment from rehab centers. Many are too anxious about getting treatment. Others are embarrassed about their addiction, and some others are in denial. They don’t believe they need help. For those who are considering treatment, knowing what to expect can really help ease a lot of stress and worries.
While each treatment center will have a unique regime for treating fentanyl abuse, most centers will follow a similar routine. Some details may be different. In fact, each patient may have a different routine. It depends on their needs and expectations. If you or a loved one is feeling anxious about seeking substance abuse treatment, here’s how an average day at an inpatient rehab center for fentanyl addiction treatment looks like.
Wake Up Early in the Morning for Breakfast
When dealing with a drug abuse, having a strict schedule is key to a successful recovery. Most fentanyl rehab centers will have patients wake up early, so they get a good start on their day. This gives them plenty of time to work on building good habits. Having a strict schedule will also help patients develop discipline and learn how to integrate back into society.
Upon waking up early, the rehab program will start patients off with a healthy and nutritious meal prepared by one of the many executive chefs at the inpatient facility. All meals are prepared at the addiction center. Patients can expect to receive lunch at noon and dinner some time during early evenings. Many treatment centers will have a certain window of time when patients are free to grab their meals. Here, at Amethyst Recovery, we also have snack bars for patients. They can grab a treat whenever they’re feeling a bit hungry.
A nutritious meal will not only keep patients going, but will also do wonders for their mental health. Those who have poor nutrition tend to be more at risk of developing mental health disorders. They’re also more likely to feel unwell or unhealthy, or develop health issues. Those who are not in their best condition may be more susceptible to relapses. Dealing with withdrawal symptoms becomes much more difficult.
It’s important to note that those who are addicted to fentanyl often enter the treatment facility in poor condition. Their physical and mental health has both gone down the toilet. Eating right is one of the first steps to a successful recovery. Patients should eat at least 3 meals a day, with snacks in between.
Foods to Eat During Recovery
Knowing what to eat is also crucial in treating any type of substance abuse. Experts recommend that those who are seeking substance abuse treatment consume around 2,000 calories a day. Their meals should consist of 30% fat, 45% carbohydrates and 25% protein. The composition of the meals can differ from patient to patient depending on their physical and mental condition. Patients who would like an exception may need to speak with a physician, a nutritionist and a dietician.
Each recovery center will offer different types of meals. Luxury rehab programs offer meals like beef wellington, steak, seafood and more. The type of meals offered at each recovery center will vary. While it doesn’t matter what type of cuisine each center offers, there are some tips to keep in mind for a successful recovery. They include:
- Consuming clean proteins, like beans
- Eating more whole grains for a healthier digestive system
- Eating fruits and vegetables to replenish essential vitamins and minerals
- Staying away from processed sugars
- Staying hydrated with water or decaffeinated beverages
Patients may also take daily multivitamins or other supplements. These supplements make sure that the body is getting all the nutrients it needs during the recovery process. Drug and alcohol abuse is very taxing on the body. Drug abusers and alcoholics often are in a much poorer condition than what they believe themselves to be.
Start Off with Medical Detox
After a filling meal, the treatment plan continues with fentanyl detox. This part of the recovery process involves prescribing patients with prescription drugs to keep withdrawal symptoms at bay. The detox process also eases cravings and helps keep patients in tip-top shape. It makes the recovery process a lot more bearable. Patients can get sober in no time.
Patients are usually prescribed methadone, buprenorphine or Suboxone for fentanyl treatment. These medications are weaker opioids. They work in the same was as fentanyl, so they interfere with the same opioid receptors. With that said, these drugs are much easier to wean off of because they’re weak. Patients experience milder withdrawal symptoms and side effects. This method of treating fentanyl addiction is highly recommended by all addiction specialists.
Vivitrol, or naltrexone, is also another possible option. This medication is only available to patients who are free of opioids for at least 7 to 14 days. This medication stops opioids from working on the body. Even if patients manage to get their hands on any opioids, the opioids won’t produce the desired effects at all.
Medical detox is the most important part of the day because it keeps patients in the best shape possible for the rest of the day. By taking the medications early on, fentanyl withdrawal symptoms are kept at bay throughout the entire day. This allows patients to focus on their recovery instead of on their addiction.
Continue Your Day with Behavioral Therapy
After a healthy breakfast, patients will begin behavioral therapy. Behavioral therapy treats psychological symptoms of addiction. This part of the drug abuse treatment helps patients:
- Determine what the underlying causes of their addiction may be; for example, the addiction may stem from trauma
- Learn how to identify triggers, whether it be from social situations or from certain stressors
- Figure out how to avoid triggers that may cause them to relapse
- Work out any emotional or relationship issues they may have
- Build better habits that will lead to a healthier lifestyle
- Learn independent living skills that help them integrate back into society
- Treat co-occurring mental health disorders, like eating disorders, personality disorders and more
This part of the addiction treatment program is not unique to inpatient rehab programs, as they are also found in outpatient programs. The main difference lies in the amount of attention and care that patients receive. With outpatient treatment, patients only need to schedule in several hours of therapy each week. With an inpatient program, patients enjoy several hours of behavioral therapy each day. This expedites the recovery process exponentially. Patients focus solely on their recovery with this type of addiction treatment program.
Behavioral therapy usually start after break fast and can continue until early or mid afternoon. It all depends on the level of care that each patient needs.
Types of Behavioral Therapies
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Motivational Interviewing (MI)
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Group counseling, like family counseling
- One-on-one counseling
Some treatment programs offer group counseling in the form of 12 step programs. These programs are similar to Alcoholics Anonymous. Patients in the center gather to share personal stories and their grievances about the effects of fentanyl. They get to share their experiences with opioid abuse and addiction. If they’re having any difficulties with their abuse treatment, they can seek advice from others that have gone through the same process.
Sprinkle in Some Activities Throughout the Day
To keep patients occupied and busy during their time at the addiction treatment center, each treatment facility offers a wide range of different activities. Patients are encouraged to stay busy when seeking substance abuse treatment. They should participate in these activities and hobbies throughout the entire day when they have spare time. Some common hobbies and activities offered include:
- Exercising and outdoor sports
- Art therapy and classes
- Music therapy
- Equine therapy
- Spa treatments
If the drug rehab center doesn’t offer the activities that the patients are interested in, they can make arrangements with the staff there. For example, some patients may bring paint supplies to the treatment facility.
This is also the time slot where some patients may arrange to spend some time with family members or friends. Patients are encouraged to reach out to family members and friends every several days or every week. Building a strong support group can make a world of a difference in a successful recovery.