The last several years have seen fentanyl use quickly overwhelm the illicit drug market. And while fentanyl has largely replaced the use of drugs such as heroin or prescription painkillers, the treatment for fentanyl addiction requires a unique set of interventions, due to the powerful nature of this synthetic opioid. But with the help of a specialized fentanyl rehab program, you can break free addiction and start living a healthier and better life.
The Challenge of Overcoming Fentanyl Addiction
Fentanyl belongs to the class of drugs known as opioids – which include other addictive drugs such as:
While these drugs all affect the brain and body in a similar way, fentanyl is unique in its high potency. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fentanyl is 50 times stronger than heroin, and 100 stronger than morphine.
But fentanyl users understand that potency isn’t everything. You simply don’t use the same amount of fentanyl as you would if you were using heroin, and the exact amount of fentanyl contained in drugs purchased on the street is often unknown to begin with.
What truly differentiates fentanyl addiction from other opioid addictions is the intensity of effects, their duration, and the powerful nature of fentanyl withdrawal. Compared to heroin, fentanyl typically creates a much stronger effect, that lasts for a shorter period of time – leading to people redosing fentanyl every few hours and experiencing rapid withdrawals if fentanyl hasn’t been used recently.
And addiction to fentanyl can happen quickly – within just a few days or weeks of regular fentanyl use. When a person develops a fentanyl addiction, they can begin to experience symptoms such as:
- Invasive drug cravings
- Painful physical withdrawal when fentanyl use suddenly stops
- Using more fentanyl than intended, or for longer than intended
- Multiple failed attempts to cut down or stop fentanyl use on their own
- Worsening mental health as a result of fentanyl use
- An inability to keep up with responsibilities at work, school, or home
Further, a fentanyl addiction can devastate personal relationships, lead people to fall short or give up on their personal goals and cause people to feel like they are losing control over the course of their own life.
But as devastating as fentanyl addiction can be, addiction does not have to be the end of your story. TN Detox Center’s fentanyl rehab offers several evidence-based strategies to help people get back on their feet, recover from their physical dependence upon fentanyl, and learn techniques to help them maintain their sobriety for years to come.
The fentanyl treatment program at TN Detox Center brings together professionals from several different disciplines to help you with every aspect of a substance use disorder. Treatment typically begins at our fentanyl detox program – which focuses on helping people through fentanyl withdrawal – followed by intensive treatment at a fentanyl rehab.
Our fentanyl rehab program aims to treat each client holistically – treating physical symptoms, mental health challenges, social support structures, and spiritual health – but a few key treatment options make up the core of the program:
Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)
MAT is one of the most effective and evidence-based practices for treating fentanyl addiction. People living with a fentanyl use disorder can experience debilitating physical symptoms, even after they’ve completed acute withdrawal in our fentanyl detox center. MAT can help alleviate these issues through the use of targeted medications designed specifically to treat opioid use disorders.
Medications such as buprenorphine and naltrexone have decades of scientific evidence proving their effectiveness at helping people overcome an opioid addiction – and recent investigations have shown them to be highly effective for treating fentanyl addiction as well.
But MAT helps with more than just physical symptoms: it can also reduce cravings, make it more likely for people to resist relapse, and alleviate several mental health symptoms that are common in early recovery.
Targeted Behavioral Therapies
Talk therapy can provide a number of benefits for people in early substance use recovery, including:
- Providing strategies to cope with mental health symptoms
- Helping people understand the root cause of their addiction
- Treating co-occurring disorders such as depression or anxiety
- Identifying unique triggers or high-risk situations for substance use
- Helping clients learn what a life in recovery could look like, and the steps needed to achieve their goals
TN Detox Center’s fentanyl rehab offers multiple forms of talk therapy to help people achieve these targets. Therapy is offered in both individual and group formats, and each therapist offers different specializations to cater to a wide variety of needs.
Recovering from an addiction can feel incredibly isolating. Not only are you changing a major factor in your daily life and activities, but most people are undergoing dramatic changes in their social circles when they choose to start the path to recovery. But at TN Detox Center, you are never alone in your journey towards sobriety.
Not only do all our clients have 24/7 access to addiction and mental health professionals for support, but they have a wealth of options to start to integrate themselves into the flourishing recovery community of Nashville, Tennessee. From peer-to-peer support groups within our treatment center, to addiction support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous or SMART recovery, to community connections with volunteer sites and job placement networks – you have everything you need to build a supportive recovery to last for years to come.
Start Fentanyl Rehab at TN Detox Center
We understand how difficult the path to achieving recovery from fentanyl can seem. But we’ve also seen the dramatic change that can occur when people receive quality, evidence-based treatment from a team who truly cares, and know that you can start to see the same changes in your life when you make the choice to seek help.
Fentanyl addiction isn’t a choice – but your recovery can be. All you need to do is take the first steps: call our team today at 615-488-5311 or fill out our confidential online contact form for a no-obligation consultation and start your path to recovery today.