Our fentanyl rehab in Louisville, Kentucky, is here to help those affected by the continuing opioid epidemic. Fentanyl—a potent opioid—is linked to the increased number of opioid-related overdoses and deaths across the United States.
At Louisville Addiction Center, we know that addiction to fentanyl and other opiates leads to several negative consequences in a person’s life. Our outpatient services can help someone or their loved one continue their recovery from fentanyl addiction after inpatient detox or other residential care.
Fentanyl is a potent opioid drug that is about 50 to 100 times stronger than opioids like heroin and morphine. Prescription fentanyl was developed to treat pain among those with cancer. However, due to the addictive properties of the drug, some people abuse fentanyl for its euphoric effects.
In addition, fentanyl is synthesized and sold illegally for the sole purpose of getting people addicted quickly. Many drug dealers will “cut” or add fentanyl to other drugs and opioids to increase the potency.
Fentanyl acts on the brain’s opioid receptors, which are responsible for pleasurable feelings as well as pain relief. The opioid receptors are critical to learning. This occurs as a person learns to repeat behaviors that feel good, like eating or sex. Simply put, these receptors are part of the brain’s natural reward system.
However, opioid drugs “hijack” this natural reward system and activate the opioid receptors without engaging in any positive behaviors. Since opioids like fentanyl are incredibly potent, recovery is difficult. Thus, a person needs to re-learn natural ways to feel good again.
Kentucky is not immune to the opioid crisis in the United States. Much like in other states, fentanyl is attributed to many of the overdose deaths occurring in Kentucky.
The Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy shares the following statistics from 2019 regarding overdoses:
Following the COVID-19 pandemic, many of these numbers increased as many people turned to drugs to cope. We hope to decrease the number of overdoses with our outpatient fentanyl rehab in Louisville, Kentucky.
Fentanyl addiction can take hold quickly due to the potency of the drug. Furthermore, some people who abuse other illicit drugs could become addicted to fentanyl, which might be “cut” into other drugs.
When a person is addicted to drugs like fentanyl, they cannot stop using without help even when they face negative consequences as a result.
The following are symptoms of an addiction to fentanyl:
Fentanyl and other opioids are challenging and extremely addictive. This is due to the intense and uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms that appear after a person quits.
Often, the withdrawal symptoms are so intense that a person goes back to using for relief. That is why an inpatient detox program is critical to recovery from fentanyl addiction.
These programs help to monitor a person’s symptoms while also ensuring they don’t have access to drugs when cravings are at their peak. Inpatient detox is also a prerequisite for many continuing rehab programs, like residential treatment and outpatient services.
Our programs are all at the outpatient level of care. We offer three levels of care: partial hospitalization (PHP), intensive outpatient (IOP), and standard outpatient programs.
Clients can begin at our most intensive program, PHP. Additionally, they might start at a lower level of care depending on their needs and support system. However, since Louisville Addiction Center is an outpatient program, clients need to complete some type of detox program first.
Our outpatient programs offer the following services to help those in recovery from fentanyl addiction:
Therapy is a crucial part of any addiction treatment program. Often, underlying mental health conditions cause addiction to drugs or alcohol. Many people on fentanyl might be using to deal with symptoms of an untreated mental health disorder. Conversely, drug addiction can also cause mental health disorders by altering a person’s brain chemistry over time.
We offer the following types of therapeutic services:
Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) combines FDA-approved medications with behavioral therapy to treat addiction to fentanyl and other opioids. These medications help to reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms. They also help to safeguard a person against an accidental overdose in the event of a relapse. This is because these medications blunt or block the effects of fentanyl.
Fentanyl addiction can cause issues in all dimensions of a person’s health and well-being. While traditional therapy and MAT are crucial for recovery, there are multiple pathways to healing from addiction. Our holistic programs help to address some of the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of recovery. When combined with traditional treatment, holistic approaches give a client more ways to cope with underlying issues, manage cravings, and find healthy ways of living a drug-free life.
Peer support groups like 12-Step recovery have helped many people overcome their addictions. These programs give clients the support they need as well as literature and coping skills to manage their lives in recovery. We introduce our clients to the principles of 12-Step programs to build a foundation for continued recovery.
In addition, our rehab programs include life skills training. Often, addiction causes issues in a person’s life that affect their ability to maintain a healthy home life or obtain employment. Our life skills program is great for those who need to obtain safe and secure housing, build their job skills, enroll in continued education, or learn relationship skills.
By addressing these issues, clients can better manage their fentanyl addiction by building a healthy and happy life—without the use of drugs or alcohol.
Fentanyl is one of the leading causes of opioid-related overdose deaths in the United States. This potent drug is highly addictive and is often cut into other drugs to increase a person’s chances of becoming hooked. That is why we have rehab programs that can help people continue to engage in long-term recovery from fentanyl addiction, along with other drugs like benzodiazepines or alcohol.
Contact Louisville Addiction Center today to begin outpatient fentanyl rehab.
Addiction and co-occurring disorders don’t have to control your life. Louisville Addiction Center is waiting with open arms to give you the tools necessary for lasting change. Reach out to us today to learn more.