Fentanyl is a powerful opioid that is most commonly prescribed to treat individuals who are suffering from intense pain that cannot be alleviated by morphine or other less powerful painkillers. Fentanyl can have an immensely beneficial impact on individuals who are dealing with pain related to surgery, serious injury, cancer, and similarly traumatic experiences. Unfortunately, the strong effects of this drug have made fentanyl and synthetic derivatives of fentanyl popular among individuals who are seeking a recreational high.
It is difficult to overstate the danger of abusing fentanyl or a synthetic derivative of fentanyl. For example, one synthetic derivative of fentanyl, which is known as carfentanil or carfentanyl, may be up to 10,000 times as potent as morphine. Even when provided in an inpatient setting under the supervision of qualified healthcare experts, fentanyl can be a dangerous drug. When fentanyl and synthetic derivatives such as carfentanil are misused for recreational purposes, taken in combination with other dangerous substances, or otherwise abused, the results can be catastrophic.
As the best rehab center, Sierra Tucson can provide treatment for those who need help overcoming a fentanyl addiction. Anyone who has been abusing fentanyl or a synthetic derivative of fentanyl is in need of immediate professional assistance.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If someone that you care about has been abusing fentanyl or a synthetic derivative of fentanyl, you are right to be concerned. As noted in the previous section, individuals who abuse this powerful opioid expose themselves to considerable and potentially irreversible harm, and need professional help.
However, just because you are not a healthcare provider or addiction expert does not mean that you have no role to play in your loved one’s recovery. Please consider the following:
First, educate yourself about the signs, symptoms, and effects of fentanyl and synthetic derivatives of fentanyl. The more you understand about how these drugs impact a person’s body and mind, the better prepared you will be to provide meaningful support.
Next, research treatment options and learn how best to speak to a loved one about his or her substance abuse problem. Expressing your concerns, sharing the information that you have gathered, and encouraging your loved one to get treatment can be intimidating steps to take, but they can also be life-saving actions. Consult with experts, get a small group of trusted friends or family members to help you, and make the effort to protect your loved one’s continued health and wellbeing.
When your loved one agrees to get help, provide whatever logistical support you can. Offer to drive him or her to visit treatment centers, accompany him or her to appointments, arrange for childcare, and do whatever else you can to remove obstacles that may prevent him or her from getting help.
Finally, remember that treatment is just one part of recovery from addiction to fentanyl and synthetic derivatives of fentanyl. Prepare to be an ongoing source of love and support in the months and years to come.
Why Consider Fentanyl Abuse Treatment at Our Rehab Center
Abusing and becoming addicted to fentanyl and synthetic derivatives of fentanyl can have a devastating impact on virtually all aspects of a person’s life. In addition to the risk of irreversible harm, including death, individuals who abuse or develop dependence upon fentanyl or synthetic derivatives of fentanyl are also in danger of experiencing relationship problems, academic and occupational setbacks, chronic unemployment, financial devastation, legal problems, homelessness, social ostracization, and a loss of hope for a productive life.
However, when a person makes the life-affirming decision to get professional help for his or her problem with fentanyl or synthetic derivatives of fentanyl, he or she can start to heal from past damage, avoid future harm, and resume his or her pursuit of a healthier and much more satisfying future.
Types of Treatment Offered at Our Rehab Center
As an internationally known and respected treatment provider of medical, therapeutic, and experiential services, our treatment center is pleased to offer the best care for a wide range of concerns that are known to plague men and women. With evidence-based practices that are rooted within the integrative therapies that we offer, our fentanyl abuse rehab prides itself on being a leading provider of services that are effective in treating chemical dependency concerns, such as an addiction to fentanyl or a synthetic derivative of fentanyl, as well as co-occurring disorders.
Holistic and individualized treatment is cornerstone to the premier care offered at our treatment center, and the staff of qualified and experienced professionals administers care by utilizing a dynamic approach to treating residents. It is the ambition of our rehab to deliver services in such a manner that all who come to us for treatment will be able to transcend the challenges of the past and resume the pursuit of a healthy and productive future.
Our fentanyl abuse treatment center includes Desert Flower, a 15-bed behavioral health inpatient unit, and a 124-bed behavioral health residential treatment center, both of which are situated on the same campus. Residents who require immediate stabilization due to the presence of psychiatric concerns or those who are in need of medical detoxification services can receive these interventions at Desert Flower prior to engaging in Sierra Tucson’s residential care.
When residents come to our rehab with fentanyl or a synthetic derivative of fentanyl in their systems, the first step in their treatment may be to undergo the medical detox services offered at Desert Flower so that their bodies can become rid of the toxic substance. This period of detoxification is monitored by medical personnel in order to ensure that individuals remain safe and as comfortable as possible during the process. Residents will also engage in a number of therapeutic interventions during their time in Desert Flower. Following detox and completion of treatment at our inpatient unit, residents will then engage in comprehensive treatment at Sierra Tucson’s behavioral health residential treatment center.
Treatment for substance abuse concerns, including the abuse of fentanyl or synthetic derivatives of fentanyl, is delivered through our rehab’s Addictions and Co-Occurring Disorder Program. Offered within our behavioral health residential treatment center, services supplied in this treatment plan are designed to elicit the most favorable outcomes for all residents. Our reputation as a leading drug addiction rehab center stems from our clinical excellence and the best, compassionate care that we afford to everyone who seeks our services.
Our holistic approach to treatment respects the dignity of each individual while offering a therapeutic environment that is fully conducive to healing the mind, body, and spirit. Treatment focuses on addressing each resident’s presenting problems, as well as underlying issues that exacerbate his or her struggles. It is our belief that, as residents gain new communication skills and learn to build healthy relationships, they can make sound decisions for a healthy quality of life and form deeper connections with others.
Using a biopsychosocial and spiritual approach to care, residents engaged in the Addictions and Co-Occurring Disorder treatment plan can partake in the following treatment methods, which are outlined in each resident’s individualized treatment plan, as well as in our treatment center’s daily treatment schedules:
Medication management: When individuals are struggling with the presence of a co-occurring disorder in addition to their addiction to fentanyl or a synthetic derivative of fentanyl, the implementation of psychotropic medications may be incorporated into their overall plan of care at our fentanyl addiction rehab. The need for such medications, however, is always determined on a case-by-case basis.
Residents who are engaged in the Addictions and Co-Occurring Disorder Program at our treatment center will have the opportunity to meet with either a psychiatrist or qualified physician at a minimum of once per week so that any medications that have been prescribed can be monitored for therapeutic effectiveness and any necessary changes can be made.
Individual therapy: Master’s level clinicians and/or licensed psychologists at our rehab offer individual therapy sessions with residents several times per week depending upon the treatment modality that is being used. All residents are guaranteed, however, that a minimum of one individual session will take place each week. Each resident’s therapist will be assigned to him or her depending upon the identified presenting concerns, the therapeutic approach that will be used in order to effectively address those concerns, and the specific training that the therapist possesses.
These sessions occur in a confidential, one-to-one setting where the resident is afforded the opportunity to discuss his or her progress in treatment, address any concerns that may arise, and process through various feelings that he or she is experiencing.
Group therapy: At the time that residents are admitted into the Addictions and Co-Occurring Disorder treatment plan at our fentanyl addiction rehab center, they are assigned to a small group of peers, all of whom are engaged in the same treatment plan. This group will meet together for therapy sessions four times per week. In addition to serving as a general process group, topics that are covered during these group sessions may include, but are not limited to:
- Didactic lectures
- Working through grief and loss
- Relapse prevention
- Anger management
- Healing anxiety
- Identifying feelings of shame in order to move to a place of resilience
Four Day Family Program: Recognizing the important role of loved ones in the lives of residents, our rehab includes the Four Day Family treatment plan for family members and other close identified loved ones of residents. This type of treatment typically occurs during a resident’s third week of treatment and allows loved ones to engage in the therapeutic process to practice healthy communication and boundaries with understanding and support. Family members and loved ones can attend psychoeducational lectures, process groups, and a family dinner that can unify a family unit in a powerful way. Lastly, loved ones can remain in contact with a resident’s primary therapist should questions or concerns arise during the course of treatment.
Therapeutic Recreational Activities: In order to help residents at our treatment center build a stronger sense of self and increased confidence as they overcome their fentanyl abuse problem, this treatment option offers residents a myriad of therapeutic activities, which are conducted daily or on a weekly basis. A resident’s participation in such activities will be outlined in his or her treatment plan and may include the following:
- Expressive art
- Equine therapy
- Adventure therapy (including a ropes course and rock wall)
Additional services: In order to best care for the needs of those who are working through an addiction to fentanyl or a synthetic derivative of fentanyl and any co-occurring conditions, our treatment center is proud to offer a number of additional services through an innovative approach to treatment. Special time is set aside for selected individual appointments which will be outlined in one’s treatment plan in order to address individualized needs. Such services may include, but are not limited to:
- Personal training
- Psychological testing
- Mindfulness meditation
- Somato-emotional response massage (SER massage)
- EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and SE (Somatic Experiencing) therapies are offered when deemed necessary based upon an assessment conducted by a psychiatrist
Furthermore, residents at our rehab center engaged in the care delivered through the Addictions and Co-Occurring Disorder treatment plan will be provided with educational lectures and will participate in 12-step meetings. Each day will end on a positive note by allowing residents to gather together and reflect through a Gifts and Blessings Ceremony.
Should a resident require stabilization services while engaged in our rehab’s residential treatment, he or she is able to partake in the services supplied by Desert Flower before returning to residential treatment. The staff of professionals conducts an ongoing assessment of each resident’s progress and needs and offers assistance in making this transition smooth so as to continue the process of healing with as little disruption as possible.
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
At Sierra Tucson, a premier treatment center for fentanyl addiction, our method for providing all-encompassing care for every resident who comes for treatment includes thorough discharge planning and continuing care services that are second-to-none. Once a resident engages in services to treat an addiction to fentanyl or a synthetic derivative of fentanyl and co-occurring concerns at our rehab, a comprehensive continued care plan is devised so that they can remain successful once treatment is complete.
Those partaking in the services at Desert Flower Behavioral Health Inpatient Unit meet with continued care staff to assess each individual’s needs and plan for discharge. Those engaged in the residential treatment at our fentanyl abuse rehab center meet with the same continued care staff and regional outreach specialists and partake in lectures and one-on-one planning sessions to ensure quality referrals and to establish any follow-up appointments that may be required once they have been discharged.
Furthermore, residents exiting the residential treatment, along with their family members, can benefit from The Connections Program. This program includes 12-month-long case management services that are in place to offer ongoing and substantial support to former residents. A representative from this treatment plan contacts residents 48 hours after they are discharged and is available to assist these individuals in seeking and receiving the additional services they need in order to remain successful in the process of healing and recovery.
Lastly, former residents can take part in the Alumni Services affiliated with our rehab. These services include groups offered through outpatient centers, which are located across the United States.
If you or a loved one wishes to receive the superior care that has improved the lives of many individuals who have struggled with chemical dependency and co-occurring conditions, look no further than our treatment center. The life you have envisioned can begin here.