Fentanyl is one of the most dangerous drugs available today. We are going to show how medication assisted treatment is used to treat substance use disorders. Specifically, MAT for fentanyl addiction treatment.
First, About Deadly Fentanyl
When talking about fentanyl it is always important to understand two things. First and most important: it is highly potent. Second: it is highly addictive.
With the potency of the drug, a few things occur. People feel an immediate high that is intense and strong. But soon the potency loses a bit of its strength. This is called “tolerance.” When a person becomes tolerant of a drug like fentanyl, they begin using more to find that original high. This is when the danger of overdose is heightened.
To experience the effects, more substance is required. And more substance in your system means more likelihood of overdose. And fentanyl is the leading drug overdose that leads to death.
So yes. This is serious.
Fentanyl Addiction Comes Fast
Fentanyl addiction is so difficult to overcome because the drug itself increases relaxation, contentment, and even pleasure. These are all feelings that receptors in your brain like to hold onto, even after fentanyl’s primary pain relief function has been achieved.
While no treatment method is perfect, MAT treatments are among the most effective recovering from fentanyl addiction. Not only do MAT treatments help you recover from addiction, but they are proven to help improve recovery rates.
What Is Fentanyl?
Fentanyl is a Schedule II prescription drug made available to the public under trade names like Actiq, Duragesic, Fentora, Oralet, Innovar, and Sublimaze. While Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid designed to help those who really need it for severe pain management, it has also become one of the most prominent synthetic opioids on the street today.
Fentanyl is a popular because it is up to 100 times more potent than similar drugs on the market. It can be taken in through injection, nasal spray, orally, or with a skin patch.
Why Do Doctors Prescribe Fentanyl?
Doctors will prescribe fentanyl to help manage chronic and breakthrough pain. The danger here is that Fentanyl is fast acting, while also staying in your system for up to 72 hours.
Fentanyl is commonly used for anesthesia, regional anesthesia, obstetrical anesthesia, palliative care, combat medicine, and dyspnea (which is usually associated with patients that react badly to morphine).
How Do People Abuse Fentanyl?
Fentanyl is abused when used as a recreational drug, orally, or by smoking, snorting, and injecting. While this type of abuse is most reported by activist groups in the United States and around the world, it is often taken for granted that patients become heavily reliant on the drug because it is so effective, to the point where patients do not think they could possibly function without it.
Does MAT For Fentanyl Addiction Treatment Work?
Yes, Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) has been approved for the treatment of alcohol use disorder, opioid dependency, and opioid overdose prevention. Fentanyl addiction falls squarely into two of those categories. Find out how MAT for opioid addiction works.
MAT medications designed for the treatment of fentanyl dependency include buprenorphine, methadone, and naltrexone. MAT medication is effective for combatting fentanyl addiction because it is more comprehensive than most other treatment packages and has been designed to be tailored for specific patients based on their behavioral needs.
Most Effective MAT for Fentanyl Addiction Treatment
MAT treatment for Fentanyl addiction treatment combines this behavioral therapy with the use of specific medications that have been prescribed by doctors. Positive results are achieved by reducing your fentanyl cravings while relieving withdrawal symptoms that often make it so difficult to kick the habit.
Every aspect of MAT treatment for fentanyl addiction treatment is also evidence-based and targets both the physical and mental difficulties associated with fentanyl addiction.
The Volpicelli Center for Addiction Treatment in Montgomery County offers high quality medication assisted treatment outpatient services. If you want a free consult to begin treatment quickly, call us today.