Fentanyl is a very potent, synthetic opioid and is estimated to have 50 times the potency as pure, pharmacy-grade heroin and about 100 times the potency of morphine. Opioids include opiates, an older term that refers to such drugs derived from opium, including morphine itself. Opioids include morphine, codeine, oxycodone, hydromorphone, oxycontin, percocet, fentanyl and related drugs. Opioids are used to treat moderate to severe pain that may not respond well to other pain medications. Opioids work by binding to opioid receptors in the brain, spinal cord, and other areas of the body. They reduce the intensity of pain signals reaching the brain, affects the brain areas controlling emotion, diminishing the effects of physical and emotional pain.
At HUM, all new patients start with a comprehensive assessment. The assessment includes 3 appointments and helps determine the specific needs of the individual and tailors their treatment plan accordingly. It is recommended that all 3 appointments be done on separate days to optimize the opportunity to talk openly and honestly with each professional and learn incrementally through each interaction. A treatment plan will be developed throughout this process. By the third and final assessment appointment with the doctor, treatment recommendations will be discussed, which will include a discussion about ongoing outpatient fentanyl addiction counselling at HUM. Referrals to external resources can be done as needed.
Fentanyl addiction counselling at HUM includes individual and group counselling. Following the comprehensive assessment, the individual and the HUM team will work together to determine what type of fentanyl addiction counselling and treatment is most suitable. Medically supervised outpatient withdrawal management and medical detoxification is available if needed to minimize risks associated with detoxification and withdrawal. HUM also provides medication assisted recovery (MAR) which includes methadone, Suboxone (combination of buprenorphine and naloxone), naltrexone (antagonist, craving reduction) in combination with fentanyl addiction counselling and biological monitoring.
Addiction involving fentanyl is a chronic medical condition. Some of the main characteristics of Addiction involving fentanyl include:
- An overpowering feeling to keep using fentanyl
- Using fentanyl more often or in larger doses than intended
- Feeling annoyed by others criticizing your fentanyl use
- Hiding or lying about your fentanyl use
- The inability to consistently abstain from using fentanyl
As Addiction is a primary, chronic brain disease, continuing care, which includes fentanyl addiction counselling, is necessary to optimize an individual’s health and wellness, reduce relapse risk after the withdrawal period. Social and peer support is important and participation in 12-step groups such as NA (Narcotics Anonymous) is encouraged. In addition, other recovery actions such as meditation and journaling are recommended as part of the bio-psycho-social-spiritual framework of recovery.
What are the benefits of fentanyl addiction counselling?
Fentanyl addiction counselling using a psychotherapeutic approach aims to increase an individual’s sense of his/her own well-being. At HUM, we use a range of techniques based on experiential relationship building, dialogue, communication and behavior change that are designed to improve the mental health of an individual, or to improve group relationships (such as in a family). Our goal is to provide an open, supportive, and confidential environment for you to address the issues that are concerning you.
Benefits to fentanyl addiction counselling at HUM include professional guidance in recovery, medication management, supportive outpatient continuing care in the form of individual and group counselling with a variety of healthcare practitioners and a holistic approach that utilizes a bio-psycho-social-spiritual framework.