You had been using fentanyl for years. Perhaps you didn’t know you were taking it alongside another substance, such as heroin, but now you are strictly using fentanyl. You know that it is more powerful than anything else you have tried throughout your life. But after being saved from an overdose, you question if this is the life you want for yourself. Are the effects of fentanyl worth the risk of overdosing again?
In 2022, 2,135 Kentuckians lost their lives due to opioid overdose. At SUN Behavioral Kentucky, we know that a crisis can happen anytime, including after experiencing and surviving an overdose in the middle of the night. At the moment, you might decide to receive fentanyl addiction treatment, but by the time daylight comes around, you are questioning whether or not it’s really for you. This is why we offer 24-hour crisis care. You can get admitted to our facility in a crisis – before you have changed your mind. So, what does treatment look like once you are here?
Getting treatment can be terrifying and liberating. Perhaps you have experienced withdrawal symptoms when you have tried to seek treatment. While we can’t promise that you won’t experience withdrawal symptoms, we can promise that recovery is possible and worth it.
We accept Medicare, Medicaid, private, and commercial insurance because we believe in eliminating financial barriers to treatment. Alongside our no-cost care assessments, you won’t have to worry about whether or not help is available to you.
The first step in fentanyl use recovery is to stop your use of fentanyl under medical supervision. This is important as it can become dangerous to do so without medical care. This step typically includes withdrawal symptoms. Alongside intense cravings, these can include agitation, muscle aches, diarrhea, and depression. They are not typically life-threatening but can have complications such as suicidal ideation if not monitored by a medical professional. Typically, symptoms start within 12 hours of the last use and peak in intensity around 72 hours.
At SUN Kentucky we can provide you with medications that can ease the effects of your withdrawal symptoms while curbing your cravings, making it easier to go through therapy. These therapies can help you gain the skills to prevent a return to use.
During inpatient treatment, the length of stay at our facility is determined by taking a thorough clinical assessment to evaluate your needs and what’s best for you. We will then work with you and your insurance to ensure you get the care you need. This time varies for every person because every person is different and requires a different plan that will best allow them to recover. You will start your recovery in a safe and neutral environment that will allow your best chance at recovery.
Partial hospitalization (PHP) involves coming to the facility during the day and returning home at night. You will attend 5 group sessions daily, 5 days a week. You will participate in a wellness recovery action plan (WRAP), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and other coping skill training during these group sessions. WRAP helps you learn wellness techniques that prevent a return to use. CBT helps with learning how to manage and change your unhealthy thoughts. You will also meet with our team of psychiatrists who will manage your medications.
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Intensive Outpatient (IOP) is a step down from PHP. It is for those ready to start having some independence but still need the support and structure of treatment. During this stage, you will continue your journey through CBT and WRAP, but you will also attend a daily process group to discuss current life issues. You will visit our facility 5 days a week for 3 sessions daily.
When it comes to treatment at our facility, our patients receive a treatment plan customized to their needs and life outside of treatment. Other components of treatment include:
Asking for help is difficult for anyone. It is something most people don’t want to do, and when it comes to knowing if you need treatment for a fentanyl use disorder, it can be even more difficult. However, there are some ways to know if you need treatment.
One way to know is if you have experienced withdrawal symptoms alongside intense cravings when trying to stop fentanyl use. These symptoms and cravings only encourage you to continue using fentanyl. You might also find yourself lying or stealing concerning your fentanyl use to loved ones. You don’t mean to hurt them, but you don’t want them to know the extent of your addiction.
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 50 times more powerful than heroin and 100 times more powerful than morphine. Doctors can prescribe it for pain relief, but most of the time, it is used illicitly. It can be mixed with other substances by dealers such as heroin to increase the supply and cut the costs while also increasing the strength of the substance. People might also take it independently for its higher strength than heroin. Over time, people can become dependent on fentanyl, leading to a fentanyl use disorder. Some common names for fentanyl include China Girl, Jackpot, Goodfellas, and Poison.
The biggest danger of fentanyl is accidental overdose. Most people who take fentanyl do not intend to overdose but are taking it for the effects that fentanyl gives them. However, overdose is possible and dangerous. Some signs of overdose include:
If you witness someone who has experienced an overdose, they must receive medical attention as soon as possible. In Kentucky, naloxone can be bought at pharmacies across the state. Other potential effects of using fentanyl can include respiratory depression, urinary retention, nausea, and sedation.
SUN Behavioral Kentucky is located in Erlanger, KY. We provide multiple services including IOP and PHP to meet the unmet needs of our community. We provide care at every age level from adolescents to geriatric. Each age range requires different treatment approaches, and we provide tailored treatment plans that cater to individual needs. For more information about fentanyl use treatment, call us today at 859-429-5188.
When someone experiences a fentanyl overdose, they must receive medical care immediately. The medication used to counteract a fentanyl overdose is naloxone or Narcan. It reduces the effects of an opioid overdose and restores normal breathing to a person experiencing slowed or stopped breathing. This medication is safe for those who do not have an opioid in their system. Naloxone is either given as a nasal spray or an injection. In injection form, it is injected under the skin, into veins, or the muscle.
Therapy is the best way to treat a fentanyl use disorder. These include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). These therapies reduce the chances of returning to use because they help teach techniques and skills for identifying, managing, and changing thoughts and behaviors.
Fentanyl can be introduced into the body through various means. One way this is done is through snorting or sniffing. Some people might smoke fentanyl. Others take it as a pill that mimics in appearance to prescription medications. Dealers will also mix fentanyl with heroin to increase the supply and effects of heroin while decreasing the costs. They are often not at liberty to inform their customers that the heroin they sell contains fentanyl. People might also have fentanyl introduced to their bodies from fentanyl patches or by injecting fentanyl directly into their veins.
SUN Behavioral Kentucky is located in Erlanger, KY. We offer dual diagnosis treatment, which allows you to treat your fentanyl use disorder and behavioral health concerns in a safe and compassionate environment. If you wish to learn more, call us at 859-429-5188 today.