Fentanyl is an extremely powerful synthetic opioid that, when abused, puts an individual at risk for significant harm, including sudden death.
In legitimate medical situations, fentanyl is most commonly prescribed to treat individuals who are suffering from intense pain that cannot be eased by morphine or other less powerful painkillers. With its ability to alleviate excruciating pain that can result from surgery, cancer, and certain traumatic injuries, fentanyl can significantly improve the quality of life for individuals who would otherwise be subject to profound discomfort.
Unfortunately, the pleasurable effects that result from the abuse of fentanyl or synthetic derivatives of fentanyl have led many people to abuse these substances, either in an attempt to self-medicate or for recreational purposes. Regardless of why a person abuses fentanyl or synthetic derivatives of fentanyl, this behavior exposes him or her to considerable damage, including irreversible physical damage, the development of addiction, and even death.
When a person ingests fentanyl or a synthetic derivative of fentanyl, the drug interacts with areas of the central nervous system that also control automatic processes such as heart rate and respiration. Thus, in addition to relieving pain and eliciting a sense of euphoric relaxation, fentanyl and synthetic derivatives of fentanyl also cause reduced heartbeat and shallow breathing. Fentanyl is 50 times stronger than heroin, and certain synthetic derivatives of fentanyl are as much as 10,000 times stronger than heroin, which means that exceeding a safe dose by even the slightest amount can have grievous negative repercussions.
Individuals who survive their experiences with fentanyl abuse are hardly free from danger, as fentanyl and synthetic derivatives of fentanyl are highly addictive. As is the case with all forms of opioid use disorder, overcoming an addiction to fentanyl or a synthetic derivative of fentanyl can be extremely difficult to accomplish without comprehensive professional treatment at a rehab center.
Why Seek Treatment for Fentanyl Abuse at Acadiana Addiction Center
Abusing and becoming addicted to fentanyl or synthetic derivatives of fentanyl are significant problems. The longer the abuse of fentanyl or a synthetic derivative of fentanyl goes untreated the higher the chances are for the development of serious negative effects.
Individuals who abuse fentanyl or synthetic derivatives of fentanyl will grow to develop a tolerance to the drug, requiring more and more of it to achieve the same high. Eventually, an addict is no longer able to function on a daily basis, as all he or she cares about is where the next high will come from. As the usage of fentanyl or synthetic derivatives of fentanyl increases, so do the risks for negative health consequences, which can result in damage to the brain and cardiovascular system of the body leading to heart attacks, strokes, and even death.
Acadiana Addiction Center has a reputation for providing individuals who are struggling with addiction problems the most effective and up to date treatment available. The expert clinical team at our treatment center uses methods such as individual, group, and family therapy as well as additional experiential programs to ensure that every patient gets comprehensive care. Over the years we have worked with many individuals with chemical dependency problems so we know what recovery skills are most effective. We take a client-centered approach to treatment making sure to use the treatments that work best for each individual.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
Our mission at Acadiana Addiction Center is to provide excellent care to every patient who comes to us for help with all addiction-related problems, including dependence upon fentanyl or a synthetic derivative of fentanyl. We strive to provide the knowledge and skills needed to remain living a life free from chemical dependence. At Acadiana, we firmly believe that you have the strength inside you to overcome your addiction problems and to stop living a life complicated with drug abuse.
Developing a problem with fentanyl or a synthetic derivative of fentanyl does not mean that you are a bad person; instead, it just means that you are going through a troubling time and need help. Addiction to fentanyl or a synthetic derivative of fentanyl does not have to define who you are or who you will become, you have the power to make your life what you want it to be.
The staff at Acadiana makes the necessary effort to provide an environment with unconditional support, one in which individuals can restore a sense of dignity and respect. Our programs are designed to get to know you on a personal level. We take the time to work with the whole person, including each individual’s family, personality, life experiences, and cultural aspects. We offer recovery that heals the mind, body, and soul.
Acadiana Addiction Center provides a full range of effective treatment options to individuals who have been abusing or have become addicted to fentanyl or a synthetic derivative of fentanyl. When someone comes to our rehab he or she will first undergo a full assessment that will determine his or her treatment needs and will help to establish the type and level of care that will best prepare him or her for continued success. Some of the programs and services offered at our rehab include individual therapy, group therapy, detoxification, residential treatment, and outpatient therapy. An intake counselor will help you decide which program is more suited to your personal needs.
Detoxification is the first step for individuals who have become physically and psychologically dependent on a substance, such as fentanyl or synthetic derivatives of fentanyl. This program is medically monitored 24 hours a day and is designed to ensure safe and comfortable withdrawal from all toxic substances. Only when an individual is completely detoxed can he or she begin the next stage of addiction treatment.
The Residential Treatment program is for patients who have completed the detox process and are ready to begin the therapeutic stage of treatment for their addiction to fentanyl or a synthetic derivative of fentanyl. Patients in this program will still be under 24-hour supervision in order to ensure the safety of everyone at the center. This program will work to maintain stabilization through providing knowledge about addiction, the tools necessary to cope with life stressors, and the ability to identify relapse triggers. Patients are encouraged to take ownership of their recovery and to play an active role in the entire treatment process.
Extended Residential Treatment programs are available for all patients who have previously completed primary care for addiction to fentanyl or a synthetic derivative of fentanyl and who are stable enough to continue on with their recovery. For these programs, female patients are sent to Belle of the Oaks center, while male patients will complete treatment at Acadiana. Both extended programs are three months long, and each consists of three phases. Each phase is dedicated to specific skills and knowledge needed to continue to be successful with a lifelong goal of sobriety.
The following are among the therapeutic techniques we use at Acadiana to help individuals who have been struggling with addiction to fentanyl or a synthetic derivative of fentanyl:
Individual therapy – Individual sessions are held at least once a week and are used to give patients one-on-one time with a therapist. Sessions are used to monitor patient progress in the recovery process as well as to address any additional issues that may not have come up in a group.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy – Used in order to help patients recognize problem thinking and their negative thought patterns. This therapy helps to identify certain problems in their ability to manage emotions and how to display an appropriate amount of assertiveness.
Rational-emotive Behavioral therapy (REBT) – Makes individuals identify their negative beliefs and change them into more positive ways of thinking. By changing thought patterns, individuals are able to change behavioral patterns.
Motivational interviewing – A technique primarily used to get individuals motivated so that they want to make changes for the better. This type of therapy helps patients to visualize the future and helps them set goals for how they would like their futures to be.
Group Therapy – Group therapy creates a safe environment where patients are able to work together to overcome addiction. Through education and process-based groups individuals will begin to bond and create a healthy community in which maintaining sobriety is the main goal. In order to promote group cohesiveness, patients will be asked to write autobiographies of themselves that they will share with the group.
Family therapy – Family therapy brings to the forefront any issues about the individual’s addiction that may not have been addressed before. Family members are encouraged to share their own feelings and struggles. Boundaries for the recovery process will be set in an attempt to avoid further confrontation.
Family workshop – This is a three-day intensive workshop that works with patients and their families to educate them about addiction and how the recovery process will work. We want to help create an atmosphere where family members feel comfortable discussing issues related to the addiction with each other.
At our treatment center, we offer a variety of experiential programs that you will have an opportunity to be involved in, including the following:
- Recreational therapy
- A. and N.A. meetings
- Art therapy
- Spiritual counseling
- Vocational planning
Continuing Care – What comes next?
Upon completion of Acadiana’s Residential Treatment programs, patients who are recovering from addiction to fentanyl or a synthetic derivative of fentanyl will begin to follow the aftercare plan that we began to develop the moment that they arrived at our center.
Aftercare plans will be made up of your personal recovery goals and additional recommendations from the treatment staff. The main goal of establishing a discharge plan is to provide individuals with the opportunity to strengthen skills learned in treatment to increase chances for more successful recovery. There are many different aftercare programs available offering services to fit the needs for all individuals.
The Partial Hospitalization Program provides complete comprehensive treatment for each patient, including individual therapy, family therapy, group therapy, and a wide range of experiential methods. For those enrolled in the partial hospitalization program lodging will be provided, allowing for a more secluded healing environment.
Intensive outpatient therapy is also provided at Acadiana for those that do not need as much supervision during the day. Sessions in this program are held in the evenings and consist of a total of 10 hours for up to five weeks. Individual counselors will be assigned to each patient and will monitor individual progress.
If you feel that you are ready to return home and integrate back into your community then we will provide you with the necessary resources. We will suggest outpatient therapy services where you can find support needed to maintain sobriety.