Inspiration Health Addiction Treatment Center (IHAT) is a premier outpatient addiction clinic with several locations across Virginia. Learn about our Fentanyl addiction treatment program.
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 80-100 times stronger than morphine. It is a prescription drug that is also made and used illegally. Like morphine, fentanyl is used to treat patients with severe pain, especially after surgery. In its prescription form, fentanyl is known by such names as Actiq, Duragesic, and Sublimaze. Fentanyl commonly comes in an oral tablet or a transdermal patch. The oral Fentanyl tablets are commonly used to treat breakthrough cancer pain. A patient is often switched from a weaker opioid to Fentanyl as it is much stronger than other opioids. The transdermal Fentanyl Patch is often prescribed to patients for chronic pain management, and who require continuous opioid analgesia.
The transdermal Fentanyl patches are often abused by cutting the patch, taking out the liquid and ingesting it orally or injecting it intravenously. Although Fentanyl has a relatively short half-life and a shorter duration of effects, it is still so much stronger than other opioids, including heroin, that it has a much higher frequency of overdose possibility. Since Fentanyl can serve as a direct substitute for heroin, many people involved in the illicit drug trade have used the cheaper Fentanyl as a mixing agent or all out substitute for heroin sold on the street. People who believe they are buying heroin are in fact buying a much more potent Fentanyl dose and overdose.
The intense euphoric effect caused by Fentanyl, and the relatively short duration of these effects, causes the user to keep ingesting more of the drug at higher concentrations and greater frequencies. The constant use of Fentanyl eventually consumes the life of the individual who has succumb to Fentanyl addiction.
Our physicians and medical practitioners at Inspiration Health Addiction Treatment Center (IHAT) use medications such as buprenorphine, buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone), naltrexone (Vivitrol), and other medications to control and reduce withdrawal symptoms and cravings in people with Opioid Use Disorders (OUDs), in combination with individual and group counseling, care coordination, behavioral therapies, and twelve-step programs like Narcotics Anonymous (NA).
Treatment for any of these substance use disorders is offered in person with our qualified buprenorphine-waivered doctors and medical practitioners, as well as by appointments via telemedicine.
We make every effort to schedule same-day appointments for our clients suffering from an SUD. Our doctors and counselors have received further training in the treatment of Fentanyl addiction and other substance use disorders.
When mild to moderate withdrawal symptoms from Fentanyl occur, medically assisted treatment with Buprenorphine/Naloxone (Suboxone) is used to prevent withdrawal symptoms that induce illness and uncomfortable feelings, as well as to diminish cravings.
The injectable brand name version of naltrexone, Vivitrol/Naltrexone, can be administered to assist people to maintain abstinence while recovering from Fentanyl Use Disorder. Other naltrexone formulations are available as oral tablets, but Vivitrol is given as an intramuscular injection once every 28 days.
Our doctors that specialize in buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) can assist in managing discomfort by prescribing some of the following medications:
Counseling is known to be a key component in an individual’s recovery when used in addition to Medication-Assisted Treatment for the treatment of and recovery from opioid use disorders. Our licensed professional counselors and other members of the counseling department are trained in substance abuse counseling and mental health counseling. They regularly conduct individual, group, and family therapy sessions. Techniques used by our Behavioral Health and Substance Use Disorder counselors include Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Counseling helps clients address grief and loss, family relationships, anger management, and other underlying conditions that may be hindering recovery. Clients are also taught coping skills and given the necessary tools to identify and avoid triggers that may also be necessary for recovery.
With every effort made to make treatment as convenient as possible for those suffering from addictions of all kinds, it is feasible to see your counselor, care coordinator, and medical practitioner on the same day at the same location when seeking help at IHAT. Clients can come to individual therapy sessions in our inviting office that is a friendly, safe, and secure environment. To address the physical and psychological effects of a substance use disorder, clients will have an individual treatment plan prepared in collaboration with their physicians and counseling staff. Individual counseling sessions can help each client develop coping skills, identify substance use triggers, develop a relapse prevention strategy, and treat co-occurring psychological issues that have made maintaining sobriety nearly impossible. If a client’s schedule makes personal attendance problematic, telehealth allows them to attend individual therapy sessions; nonetheless, personal presence is encouraged whenever possible.
Today, many people suffer from Opioid Use Disorder (OUD). Here at Inspiration Health Addiction Treatment Center, we want our clients to know they are not alone. Our trained counseling staff members organize and chair group counseling sessions throughout the week in our beautiful facilities. Group sessions allow clients the opportunity to hear from other people who are afflicted by OUD and process new ideas presented by the counselor on how to live healthier lives without the use of harmful substances. The support gained through open communication during group sessions has proved effective not only in the initial stages of recovery but throughout long-term sustained sobriety. Clients are also given the opportunity to join groups and counseling sessions by telehealth if a client’s schedule makes personal attendance difficult, but personal attendance is encouraged when possible.
At Inspiration Health Addiction Treatment Center, we have substance use care coordinators who ensure that necessary services, including mental health services, are available to our clients. Our care coordinators and interdisciplinary team, which includes our medical doctors, make referrals, and connect clients to community resources to meet our clients’ social needs. That includes individual care plans our clients participate in that are developed in conjunction with our doctors, medical professionals, and counselors to meet our clients’ individual needs and track their progress in overcoming opioid use disorders.
We understand that our clients have a lot on their plates, whether it’s work, family, education, or legal commitments. Inspiration Health Addiction Treatment Center offers a variety of days and times to schedule your next appointment. What if you can’t make it to the clinic for an in-person appointment? No problem. We offer telehealth appointments that clients can attend anywhere they have access to a smartphone, tablet, or computer. Telehealth is a straightforward procedure. Clients simply supply Inspiration Health Addiction Treatment Center with a valid email address, receive a link, and click on the link to attend the telemedicine appointment on the scheduled date and time. If the client has a camera on their phone, tablet, or computer, they will be able to view and talk with the doctor or licensed professional counselor as if they were in the same room.
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