Today, practically every American is familiar with the devastating impact that opioid addiction has throughout our country. Opioid-related deaths have increased every year. Most importantly, fentanyl addiction is one factors that have been driving the increase in opioid deaths is the emergence of powerful synthetics like Fentanyl. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the death rate of synthetic opioids other than methadone, which includes drugs such as tramadol and fentanyl, increased by over 72 percent from 2014 to 2015. For example, Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 50 times more potent than pure heroin. Moreover, fentanyl addiction is becoming the leading cause of opioid-related deaths in the United States.
Symptoms of Fentanyl addiction will mirror those of other types of opioids like heroin and OxyContin. However, they may occur quicker due to the strength and potency of the drug.
Some of the more common signs of Fentanyl withdrawal include:
Each person is different, and individual needs must be addressed in Florida addiction treatment. In fact, it is crucial to find a recovery program where treatment includes a medical assessment of what drugs, if any, should be used in the treatment process. Generally, the use of medications begins at the first stage of treatment with other modalities introduced as the physical effects of withdrawal become more manageable. However, detox by itself is not considered treatment; it is only the first stage on the road to addiction recovery.
Safe Haven’s medical doctor will assess the need for medication in our detox setting and going forward. For detox purposes, medications may be used to minimize withdrawal symptoms as discussed above. Also, medications may be used to assist with cravings and to establish long-term sobriety with opioid agonists (medication that blocks the effect of using an opioid such as heroin). Namely, these medications include Suboxone, Naltrexone, and Vivitrol. In addition, medications may be used to treat co-occurring conditions, such as anxiety, depression, etc., as managing co-occurring issues is often essential to sustaining sobriety.
Our fentanyl addiction treatment center takes a medical approach in tandem with other treatment therapies. As such, each client receives a thorough assessment and a recovery program is tailored for each client. Furthermore, our medical staff utilizes Suboxone, Naltrexone and Vivitrol (among others). Specifically, we specializes in Suboxone Maintenance and other medication assisted treatment.