Fentanyl Addiction Treatment and Counselling

Fentanyl Addiction (otherwise known as Addiction involving Fentanyl) is Addiction that is manifested by a compulsion or lack of restraint to repeatedly use Fentanyl despite it causing significant negative consequences to the person’s health and wellnessFentanyl is a very potent, synthetic opioid and is estimated to have 50 times the potency as pure, pharmacy-grade heroinand about 100 times the potency of morphine. Opioids include opiates, an older term that refers to such drugs derived from opium, including morphine. 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. People who are prescribed or start taking these medications may have an underlying predisposition to Addiction, which can interfere with the effectiveness of these medications as well as the person’s experience of pain. Those seeking Fentanyl Addiction Treatment and Counselling are often struggling with increased use and decreased effectiveness and will need to explore other ways of taking care of themselves, as well as dealing with physical pain, if applicable.

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, memory, motivation and related circuitry.  Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations.  Addiction is about differences in brain functioning where the substance use or behaviours are recognized as consequences of the disease.  Addiction is a single condition-Addiction is Addiction- rather than describing “addictions”. This is the reason that we use the language of “Addiction involving…”

Addiction is characterized by:

A.  Inability to consistently Abstain
B.  Impairment in Behavioural control
C.  Craving
D.  Diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviour and interpersonal relationships and
E.  Dysfunctional Emotional response

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

Fentanyl Addiction Treatment

At Health Upwardly Mobile, we provide outpatient, continuing care for fentanyl Addiction.  All new clients seeking Fentanyl Addiction Treatment and Counselling initially undergo our full comprehensive assessment. It is recommended that all appointments be done on separate days to optimize the opportunity for you to talk openly and honestly with each professional and learn incrementally through each interaction.  A comprehensive treatment plan will be developed throughout this process and shared with you as the assessment progresses. By the final assessment session, recommendations will be discussed, which will provide guidance regarding ongoing services at HUM, which can include individual counselling and group therapy.  Referrals to external resources can be done as needed.

Abstinence is a goal for Fentanyl Addiction Treatment and Counselling to enable a person to get back to a state of optimal health and wellness. Medically supervised outpatient withdrawal management and medical detoxification is available as 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 Treatment and Counselling, along with biological monitoring. Through Fentanyl Addiction Treatment and Counselling, goals are set around abstinence and holistic recovery. A person will learn more about triggers, addictive thinking, feeling and behaviours that impact wanting to escape/numb with fentanyl. This work may be done in residential treatment, hospitalization, intensive or outpatient settings. The level of treatment is dependent on the acuity (severity of symptoms). If you are concerned about withdrawal symptoms and/or are interested in medically supervised detoxification, we will schedule you to see a physician at HUM for support.

As Addiction is a primary, chronic brain disease, continuing care and Fentanyl Addiction Treatment and Counselling is necessary to optimize an individual’s health and wellness and reduce relapse risk. Social and peer support is important and participation in 12-step groups may be encouraged. In addition, other recovery actions such as meditation, journaling, a balanced approach to exercise and nutrition may be some of the recommendations made as part of the bio-psycho-social-spiritual framework of recovery during Fentanyl Addiction Treatment and Counselling.