Fentanyl is a synthetic opiate painkiller that is highly potent. It’s said to be more powerful than morphine and is meant to treat breakthrough cancer pain. It comes in a few forms. Duragesic contains fentanyl and is a transdermal patch used on the skin. Actiq comes in a lozenge or lollipop form. Both have a high potential for misuse and abuse. They can also become habit forming if used over a long period of time.
Most people who are prescribed fentanyl need it for serious pain and many can take it safely. People who become dependent may begin to escalate use or alter the dosage. For instance, some people cut up the Duragesic patch and use more than recommended. This is highly dangerous.
The Waismann Method of Rapid Detox
The Waismann Method of rapid detox offers such treatment and is renowned for its safety and success rates. The program is medically based and treats addiction as a medical condition. This compassionate program takes into account each individual’s specific needs and concerns.
We use non-addicting intravenous medication to cleanse the fentanyl from patients’ systems. This happens quickly, in less than two hours. The process accelerates withdrawal so symptoms develop and pass while patients are sedated. We don’t use opiate replacements because we believe that patients deserve to be free of opiate addiction once and for all. The hospital stay is usually 3 to 5 days and 2 to 7 additional days that patients spends transitioning in our after-care center, Domus retreat. Domus is a transitional living facility where patients go after the procedure is done at the hospital.
Other Treatment Options for Fentanyl Dependence
There is no shame in needing help for an opiate addiction. There are many treatment programs out there but many do not adequately address the problem. Opiate replacement therapy is a common treatment for dependence to opiates including OxyContin, fentanyl and heroin. These replacement drugs are meant to step down the use of other drugs and help lessen withdrawal. The replacements include methadone and Suboxone and Subutex, both which contain buprenorphine. While these medications may do the job initially, many patients find that maintenance is long term and they cannot become totally free of opiate dependence. Because these medications are synthetic opiates, they also have the potential to be habit forming. People who want to be completely free of fentanyl dependence may be better off with rapid opiate detox.
Getting help for a fentanyl addiction is something so serious it shouldn’t be put off. Many people delay seeking fentanyl treatment because they fear the withdrawal process, that they won’t be successful and that relapse is inevitable. This is not true; there is help that can eradicate patients’ dependence on the drug in a safe, quick, humane and comfortable manner.