Is Medical Detox Necessary For Fentanyl Withdrawal?
When it comes to fentanyl dependence, medically monitored detox is always a necessary first step on the long-term road of recovery. As previously mentioned, the physical symptoms associated with fentanyl withdrawal are not typically life-threatening. However, the psychological symptoms frequently lead to relapse unless an individual is being closely monitored in a secure and safe environment. At CuraSouth we are dedicated to providing a pain-free withdrawal experience, treating all physical symptoms as they arise and treating psychological issues accordingly.
When it comes to a safe and effective fentanyl withdrawal, a combination of treatment methods are typically employed. At CuraSouth we perform an in-depth physical, psychological and psychosocial evaluation upon admission to our detox program. This helps us ensure that each individual client is paired with a uniquely developed treatment plan that meets all of his or her personal clinical needs. In the majority of cases, short-term medication assisted treatment is beneficial.
We utilize the following medications as part of our fentanyl detox program:
- Buprenorphine (Suboxone and Subutex)
- Anti-anxiety medications
- Non-narcotic pain relievers
- Sleep aids
When it comes to fentanyl withdrawal, tapering is also beneficial. Tapering off of opioids is a long-term process, and one that must be overseen by a licensed medical professional.
As a client tapers off of fentanyl he or she is monitored for the following:
- Changes to heart rate or blood pressure
- Regularly checking temperature to ensure it remains stable
- >The presence of any other physical symptoms that could lead to health-related complications
- The presence of any new or worsening psychological symptoms
We also offer a range of therapeutic services including individual and group therapy, case management services, 12-step program education, relapse prevention training and personalized aftercare planning.