Effective Fentanyl Addiction Treatment Strategies for Recovery

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Fentanyl has quickly risen to infamy due to its role in the opioid crisis. According to information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fentanyl is involved in two-thirds of all drug overdose deaths, and the rate continues to climb.¹ The high potency and risk of fentanyl make it clear that effective fentanyl addiction treatment strategies are more important than ever.

Wolf Creek Recovery has evidence-based tools to help you break free from addiction.

Understanding Fentanyl Addiction

Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid. Like the development of other opioid addictions, dependence can quickly result from fentanyl abuse. People suffering from an opioid use disorder can experience a wide range of negative consequences, including:

  • Loss of interest in hobbies or activities that used to be important
  • Invasive and unwanted fentanyl cravings
  • Multiple failed attempts to stop fentanyl use on your own
  • Severe physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms if fentanyl use stops suddenly
  • Fentanyl use interfering with work, school, or home responsibilities

Thankfully, there are science-based strategies to help people recover from addiction, but most people will need professional help to stop.

Fentanyl Addiction Treatment

Fentanyl addiction treatment uses a vast number of evidence-based treatment strategies. Due to the severity and complexity of fentanyl addiction, the best treatment strategies use an integrated approach. Programs may combine talk therapy, holistic treatment approaches, medical treatments, and several other methods in a supportive environment for recovery.

Comprehensive Assessment and Individualized Treatment Plans

A thorough and detailed assessment is the first step to an effective treatment approach. This assessment happens the moment you enter treatment for the first time and covers topics like:

  • How long you’ve used fentanyl
  • Your typical fentanyl dose
  • How frequently you use fentanyl
  • Your medical history
  • Whether you have any co-occurring mental health symptoms
  • Your unique needs and preferences for treatment

By gathering this information through an evidence-based psychological assessment, our team can create a truly individualized treatment plan to suit your unique needs. At Wolf Creek Recovery, no two treatment plans are the same — just as no two clients are the same. Each person gets exactly the treatment they need to recover.

Medication-Assisted Treatment

For many people struggling with fentanyl addiction, medication-assisted treatment can go a long way toward achieving lasting sobriety. Medication-assisted treatment combines targeted opioid addiction medications with talk therapy. It is one of the best ways to stave off withdrawal symptoms and cravings.

Medications, such as Suboxone and Vivitrol, have been specifically developed to treat opioid use disorders. While each medication works differently, they can both reduce several of the symptoms of opioid withdrawal and help prevent fentanyl cravings from occurring.

Medication-assisted treatment at Wolf Creek Recovery is always paired with other therapies rather than being a standalone treatment.

Behavioral Therapies and Counseling

Behavioral therapies have stood the test of time as being one of the most effective methods of helping people overcome substance use disorders. Wolf Creek Recovery offers several styles of behavioral treatment, including:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Family Counseling
  • Group therapy
  • Dialectical behavior therapy
  • Relapse prevention programs
  • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing

Rather than treating the symptoms of a substance use disorder, these treatments teach people how to change their beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors associated with addiction. Further, they can often help people overcome mental health challenges that lead to stress and discomfort, making a life in recovery more fulfilling and worthwhile.

Dual-Diagnosis Treatment

Addiction doesn’t occur in a vacuum. Frequently, people who struggle with fentanyl use are also struggling with mental health disorders, such as:

With dual-diagnosis treatment, mental health challenges and addiction can be treated simultaneously. This not only improves the chance of achieving a lasting recovery but can vastly improve the quality of life for people who are seeking treatment.

Aftercare and Continuing Support

Recovery is a lifelong journey. While the addiction treatment programs offered at Wolf Creek Recovery can go a long way toward helping people achieve and maintain their abstinence, most people will benefit from ongoing support that helps them to keep accountable, stay focused on recovery, and not fall back into patterns of addictive behavior.

The aftercare and continuing support program offered at Wolf Creek Recovery has been specifically designed to help people stay the course after completing treatment, easing the transition from rehab to home in a way that inspires long-term success.

Fight Fentanyl Addiction at Wolf Creek Recovery

Fentanyl addiction is a devastating disorder that has quickly swept the nation. But there is hope for recovery. Evidence-based strategies can help anyone break free from addiction once and for all. If you or a loved one is struggling with fentanyl abuse or addiction, reach out to the team at Wolf Creek Recovery today to learn more about our comprehensive addiction treatment options.



[1] https://nida.nih.gov/research-topics/trends-statistics/overdose-death-rates