Fentanyl Addiction Treatment

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A Leading Maryland Fentanyl Addiction Treatment Provider

Avenues Recovery Center is a detox and residential rehabilitation center with two locations in the state of Maryland. Our facilities are designed to help those suffering from fentanyl addiction find the strength they need to overcome. Our community is empathetic, warm, and built on the ideals of family and community. Clients at both the Prince Frederick and Cambridge locations receive care and support from professionals at the top of their field, alongside a supportive community framework.

Understanding Fentanyl Addiction Treatment At Avenues Recovery of Maryland

Fentanyl is a synthetic pharmaceutical drug that is classified as an opiate. Fentanyl is used to relieve severe pain in patients after surgery or cancer treatment. It may also be used to treat those who experience break-through pain, despite round-the-clock narcotic treatment. As a synthetically made drug, fentanyl can be 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine. It works by blocking the pain receptors in the brain and increasing dopamine levels.

Signs of Fentanyl Abuse

When used incorrectly, fentanyl creates the same intense euphoric and relaxed sensations that are indicative of a heroin high. The outward symptoms of fentanyl abuse may manifest through signs such as:

  • Slowed breathing
  • Seizures
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Itching
  • Euphoria
  • Mellowness
  • Drowsiness

Fentanyl has an increased risk of abuse and addiction, especially in those who do not tolerate opioids.  Overdose is also more common in these circumstances.

Signs of Fentanyl Addiction

Fentanyl impacts the central nervous system, causing excess amounts of dopamine to flood the brain. This can chemically change the brain over time. Due to these changes, someone who is prescribed fentanyl may become dependant on the drug.

Once the tolerance to fentanyl has been developed, patients tend to need it to feel “normal.” Abuse to addiction can escalate rapidly in opioids like fentanyl. Professionals use the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders’ criteria to pinpoint problematic behaviors.

Even the smallest amount of fentanyl can be deadly. Those who have no tolerance to opioids are at an increased risk of developing an addiction or, worse, overdosing.

Fentanyl Addiction Treatment: Avenues Recovery Center – Maryland

Fentanyl addiction is a disease, like any other addiction. Seeking treatment for a disease is the only way to prevent long-term damage from happening. Fentanyl is a powerful drug with many different long-term effects that can wreak havoc on the body. Seeking out treatment as soon as possible can help make the detox process easier to navigate.

The Campuses of Avenues Recovery Center Maryland

Sister locations working hand in hand

Avenues Recovery Center has two campus locations in Maryland, designed to create a setting of peace and serenity for those who are trying to release the hold that fentanyl has on their lives. Created to be a place of reflection and growth for those suffering from fentanyl and other addictions, Avenues Recovery Center offers amenities to make the rehabilitative stay relaxing. All of the focus can be on getting well.

Avenues Recovery Center does not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to rehabilitation for fentanyl addiction. Clients involved in programs are observed by staff to see what is working for the individual and what is not, then adjustments are made from the observations. Each person is unique, and their treatment options should be too.

Taking the first step towards sobriety at Avenues

With any addiction, the first step in the process of rehabilitation is detoxing from the substance. Fentanyl is no different but does require 24-hour monitoring during the process. Professionals at Avenues Recovery Center closely monitor the withdrawal symptoms and ensure they are managed closely. Once the detoxification process has been completed, clients are transferred to the residential program, which is located at the same facility. The localized continuum of care allows clients to continue building the trust with staff that began in the detox process.

A Fentanyl Recovery Community in Prince Frederick and Cambridge, MA

The Avenues Recovery Center philosophy is built on the principle of community. We facilitate the idea of peer support – often formed during group therapy sessions, field trips, and team-building activities. Isolation is common in fentanyl addiction, but a vital part of recovery is being a part of a recovery family – not alone in isolation.

Fentanyl Addiction Treatment Options at Avenues

The effects of fentanyl addiction are different for every single client that walks through our door. While some may experience some of the same symptoms, the way it changes their lives is often different. Avenues Recovery Center understands the differences between our clients, so all rehabilitative treatments offer a level of individuality.

The goal of treatment is to help our clients understand their triggers, learn how to cope, improve interaction skills, and become more socially aware. Avenues Recovery Center wants clients to be able to reintegrate back into their communities healthily and productively.

Therapy Modalities at Avenues Recovery in Maryland

Avenues Recovery Center offers various therapeutic modalities to help with the recovery of fentanyl addiction. These modalities include:

  • Detoxification – The process of detoxification removes the toxic substances from the body. In a rehabilitative setting, it can be done safely. Professionals will never recommend an at-home detox for fentanyl due to the withdrawal side effects.
  • Medication Management (Medication-Assisted Treatment) – In some circumstances, the use of a medication-assisted treatment plan may be required. Part of the rehabilitative and therapy modality of Avenues Recovery Center is offering this option in a controlled setting.
  • Individual Therapy – There is no substituting the benefits of one-on-one therapy when recovering from fentanyl addiction. Therapists can help tailor individual programs for the client and give them the skills needed to cope, reducing the risk of relapse.
  • Group Therapy – Avenues Recovery Center believes that a supportive community is the key to success in fentanyl addiction recovery. Offering others who are addicted and recovering with support can help with providing purpose in your own journey. Group therapy allows clients to make sense of their feelings in a safe atmosphere.
  • CBT Therapy – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a form of individualized addiction treatment. Many who suffer from a fentanyl addiction have self-destructive behaviors or patterns of negative thinking. CBT is a way to learn how to cope with the external influences in life to recognize them, cope with them, or seek help when unable to handle it independently.
  • Family Counseling and Therapy – Fentanyl addiction doesn’t just cause problems for the client. It can affect the relationships within the family. Part of recovery is making amends and repairing what the addiction destroyed. Avenues Recovery Center has the safe space needed to talk as a family and work through the recovery process together.

Family Involvement for Recovery

An important part of the recovery process is having a support system. Although Avenues Recovery Center offers a sense of community behind our walls, when you go back to your normal life, you need to have a support system out there, too.

When possible, we urge families to be a part of the recovery and rehabilitation process. Those who are closest to the client can also offer exceptional feedback about how the program is working. They also provide insight into the client that may not have been shared at intake. The more information available, the more individualized the program and the more successful the recovery.

Avenues Recovery Center – Maryland

We refuse to believe that anyone is beyond hope. Avenues Recovery Center has two Maryland locations that are staffed with professionals who understand the process of addiction recovery, especially from fentanyl. Our atmosphere is geared toward providing the much-needed atmosphere for clients to begin the path to healing and beginning a truly meaningful life – free of fentanyl.

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