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4 Ways a Massachusetts Detox Center Can Help You With Fentanyl Withdrawal

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Fentanyl is a powerful, semi-synthetic opioid drug that is 50-100 times more potent than heroin and morphine. It is also highly addictive. Unfortunately, fentanyl is a primary driver of opioid overdose deaths across the nation and is responsible for nearly 57,000 drug overdose deaths in 2020 alone.[1]

If you are using or addicted to fentanyl, it’s important to recognize just how dangerous fentanyl actually is. Without professional help, your tolerance will only continue to increase, and your risk for experiencing an overdose will, too. The best way to stay safe and protect yourself is to ask for help for your addiction.

The first step towards overcoming fentanyl addiction is detox. During detox, your body rids itself of fentanyl and other substances so you can become clear-headed and adjust to living without the substance. Fentanyl withdrawal, however, isn’t easy. It is characterized by intense flu-like withdrawal symptoms and incessant drug cravings that make staying sober extremely difficult.

The easiest, safest, and most effective way to deal with fentanyl withdrawal is to do so with the help of a medical detox center. Here are four ways a Massachusetts drug and alcohol detox center can help you cope with fentanyl withdrawal.

1. Detox Medications Can Reduce the Severity of Your Fentanyl Withdrawal Symptoms

The FDA has approved several medications to treat opioid withdrawal and dependence. The most widely used is buprenorphine. Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist-antagonist that binds to and activates opioid receptors without producing a high or releasing endorphins. This helps reduce the severity of opioid withdrawal symptoms and alleviates drug cravings.[2]

Buprenorphine is a controlled substance that can only be prescribed by licensed physicians. It is also highly regulated and isn’t always sent home with patients on an outpatient basis. Instead, if you want to get your hands on buprenorphine to cope with fentanyl withdrawal, you’ll need to enlist the help of a medical detox facility.

During detox, doctors can prescribe and nurses can administer treatment medications that make withdrawal far more bearable. They can also prescribe additional medications like clonidine for high blood pressure or a muscle relaxer for restless leg syndrome. Whatever your medical needs may be, our Massachusetts detox center has you covered.

2. 24/7 Support and Monitoring Prevents Possible Complications During Fentanyl Withdrawal

The symptoms of fentanyl withdrawal are rarely life-threatening, but they can be severe. You may experience symptoms such as fever, chills, muscle and bone pain, diarrhea, and more.[3] However, if you struggle with underlying health conditions or were also addicted to other substances in addition to fentanyl, you may be at risk for possible complications like dehydration, seizures, and hallucinations. Without treatment, these complications can be potentially fatal.

When you go through withdrawal at a Massachusetts detox center, doctors, nurses, and behavioral health technicians (BHTs) are on-site 24/7. Nurses will check your vitals on a regular basis, your doctor will check on you each day, and BHTs can connect you with any other services you may need. This constant monitoring and supervision can prevent complications during withdrawal, keeping you safe and healthy until you are cleared for discharge.

3. Detoxing at a Drug and Alcohol Detox Center Separates You From Drugs, Alcohol, and Triggers

Many people think they want to detox at home so they can have their phone, sleep in their own bed, follow their own schedule, and remain close to family and friends. While this may sound ideal, it is actually really hard to do. Detoxing alone puts you at extremely high risk for relapse. Even if you think you can cope with the physical symptoms of fentanyl withdrawal, you may be no match for the mental symptoms and drug cravings that are inevitably going to come.

Changing environments can help take your mind off fentanyl. It can also separate you from your phone so you can’t call your drug dealer and your bank so you can’t pull out cash to buy drugs. Additionally, drug and alcohol detox centers in Massachusetts are “safe spaces” that are free from drugs, alcohol, and triggers. Even though detox centers won’t hold you there against your will, this separation can still work in your favor.

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4. Counseling and Support Groups Can Help You Cope With Fentanyl Cravings

Massachusetts detox centers offer more than just medical care and supervision. They also offer counseling sessions and support groups.

Fentanyl withdrawal is going to go by very slowly if all you do is lay in bed and wait to feel better. Instead, your mental health can benefit from participating in group counseling sessions or peer support groups. These resources allow you to express the way you are feeling, connect with other like-minded individuals, and begin learning healthy coping skills to deal with cravings.

Trust us–the last thing you want to do when overcoming fentanyl addiction is to try and endure the withdrawal symptoms and cravings on your own.

Find Help From a Massachusetts Drug and Alcohol Detox Center Today

The easiest and safest way to treat fentanyl withdrawal is to ask for help from a medical detox center. Our team can place you with a local detox facility for acute care, then help you transition to one of our outpatient recovery programs. Here at Woburn Wellness Addiction Treatment in Massachusetts, our opioid treatment program offers individualized care for fentanyl, a prescription painkiller, and heroin addictions. Contact us today to learn more.


Inessa Maloney, MS, LMHC
Clinical Director

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