Fentanyl Addiction Treatment in Washington and Oregon

Fentanyl is available by prescription only and is prescribed to treat severe pain. Fentanyl is a powerful opioid that stimulates opioid receptors in the brain. This stimulation inhibits the functioning of the central nervous system, causing sedation and a decreased sensation of pain. Fentanyl also causes the release of chemicals in the brain called endorphins. Endorphins cause a pleasurable, euphoric feeling known as a high, which also contributes to cravings for fentanyl and fentanyl addiction.

When fentanyl is used for longer than three days, it can lead to the development of tolerance and dependence. Tolerance is a condition where the body becomes accustomed to the presence of a drug. When tolerance develops, larger doses of the drug are necessary to obtain the same effect that was initially experienced.

Dependence is a condition where the body becomes accustomed to the presence of the drug and adjusts its normal functioning to take the presence of the drug into account. Dependence makes discontinuing fentanyl use difficult as the body must re-adjust to the absence of fentanyl. Dependence is one of the main conditions that causes withdrawal symptoms during fentanyl treatment.

When someone has become addicted to fentanyl, it’s necessary to seek fentanyl treatment. Fentanyl addiction treatment will likely be most successful at an accredited rehab facility like The Recovery Village Ridgefield.

Fentanyl Treatment

Fentanyl addiction treatment initially focuses on detoxing the body of fentanyl and mitigating uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. The detox process requires continuous monitoring and treatment by health care professionals and may require different types of medical treatments. Detox should always be done with the guidance of a medical professional. Rapid detoxes and at-home detoxes are not recommended for anyone, regardless of whether they’re dependent on fentanyl or another drug.

In some cases, the amount of fentanyl used may be gradually decreased — a process called tapering — to reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms. In other cases, fentanyl use may be stopped cold turkey so that the withdrawal process is quicker and does not last as long. However, stopping fentanyl use cold turkey is not advised without the help of a medical professional.

After the detox process is complete, treatment shifts to maintaining sobriety and avoiding relapse. Inpatient and outpatient treatment programs that follow detox may include individualized therapies and group therapies. A type of therapy called cognitive behavioral therapy may be used to help change potentially negative behaviors associated with fentanyl use. Therapy will also aid in building coping mechanisms to avoid returning to fentanyl use.

Inpatient vs. Outpatient Fentanyl Addiction Treatment

Fentanyl addiction treatment may be either inpatient or outpatient. Inpatient treatment involves checking into a rehab center and staying there for several days, weeks, or in some cases, months. Inpatient treatment allows for continuous monitoring and treatment of withdrawal symptoms. Inpatient treatment also allows for more intensive therapies and affords people to be removed from an environment that may increase their risk of relapsing. Inpatient treatment helps those seeking treatment to complete their treatment and removes the availability of addictive substances.

Outpatient treatment involves visits to a treatment center where treatments may be administered, monitoring may be done and therapies are provided. Besides visits to the outpatient treatment facility, the person seeking treatment carries on with their typical activities of daily living outside of these treatments. Outpatient treatment is less disruptive to the normal daily schedule of those seeking treatment but does not have the same level of monitoring or treatment that inpatient treatment does. Outpatient treatment also does not provide removal from one’s typical environment, something that may be necessary to initially detox and stop using fentanyl.

Inpatient treatment is usually recommended for people who have more than a mild addiction to fentanyl or those who are likely to experience withdrawal symptoms. Outpatient treatment is used for those who will not require more intensive treatment and monitoring or as a follow-up to inpatient treatment.

How Much Does Fentanyl Rehab Cost?

The cost associated with fentanyl rehab can be one of the most significant barriers faced by those seeking treatment. Outpatient treatment can cost thousands of dollars and inpatient treatment can cost tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars. While these amounts may seem daunting, there are several ways that fentanyl rehab can be financially feasible. These include insurance, Medicare, Medicaid and private financing.

Does Insurance Cover Rehab for Fentanyl Addiction?

The cost of fentanyl rehab may be greatly reduced if it is covered by an insurance carrier. Many types of health insurance plans will cover part or all of the cost of rehab for fentanyl addiction. The exact details of what is and is not covered depend upon the insurance policy.

If you would like information regarding what is covered by your insurance carrier or the insurance policy of a loved one, reach out to one of our professional team members today to help you to understand your benefits.

Finding a Fentanyl Treatment Center in Washington or Oregon

There are several important considerations to take into account when exploring potential fentanyl treatment centers. These considerations include:

  • The treatment approach used: Different treatment centers use different treatment approaches. Some will only use one type of treatment, while others may offer a variety of options. When choosing a treatment center, it is important to pick a center that offers programs that meet your individual needs.
  • The physical location of the treatment center: While pursuing treatment at a center outside of one’s hometown or state may seem logistically more complicated, it may lead to a better outcome. Being removed from one’s environment is one of the important factors that help inpatient treatment be more successful.
  • The background and reputation of the treatment center: Not all treatment centers offer the same quality treatment. Pursuing treatment at a nationally recognized network of treatment centers or an accredited facility will be more likely to result in a higher quality level of treatment. Researching reviews and success levels of treatment centers can help to provide perspective on the quality of a treatment center.
  • The support and follow-up care offered: While the time spent at a treatment center is important, it is also vital to understand the treatment center’s approach to follow-up care and support. Avoiding potential relapse and ensuring sobriety is vital after successful treatment, and this should be emphasized by a high-quality treatment center.
  • The Recovery Village Ridgefield Residential Treatment Center Front Entrance The Recovery Village Ridgefield

    888 Hillhurst Rd. Ridgefield, WA 98642 (360) 857-0007

The Recovery Village Ridgefield is part of a nationwide network of rehab centers and provides exceptional, compassionate treatment. If you or a loved one are struggling with a fentanyl addiction, our team is here for you. Contact us today to learn more about how The Recovery Village Ridgefield can help with addiction recovery.


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