Fentanyl is a prescription painkiller in the opioid category that is sometimes used to break what is referred to as the “pain barrier” when other strong painkillers are inefficient in managing pain brought on by a surgery or injury of some kind. These heavily regulated drugs are designed only for short-term use and are to be consumed under the supervision of the prescribing doctor. But like other opioids, fentanyl produces a calming, euphoric sensation that can make it highly addictive. Further, use of illegal synthetic derivatives of fentanyl, which are often mixed with heroin, can also pose significant threats.
Abusing either legally prescribed fentanyl or its illicit counterparts can result in a series of devastating effects to a person’s health and wellbeing as an addiction to these substances takes hold. Fortunately, help is available for individuals who have developed a substance use disorder, and a quality treatment center can help these individuals overcome an addiction to fentanyl or a fentanyl derivative, and return to the healthy, vibrant lives they deserve.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If a family member or loved one has developed a chemical dependence, it can be difficult to know what steps to take to get him or her the help that he or she desperately needs to heal. But finding a quality treatment center that is equipped to provide the support your loved one needs to recover from an addiction to fentanyl or a synthetic fentanyl derivative is a critical first step.
It can be incredibly difficult to watch a loved one’s health deteriorate as he or she becomes more dependent on his or her drug of choice, but rest assured that help is available and you need not carry this burden alone. In a supportive and nonjudgmental manner, let your loved one know that you care and have his or her best interest at heart. Share what you found in your research about signs and symptoms of fentanyl abuse and options for treatment, and let them know that you are available to help him or her enter treatment, and that you will be there when it is time for him or her to come home.
As you offer support to your loved one or family member, remember that issues of addiction can strain everyone they touch. You will likely feel a fair amount of stress and anxiety yourself as you work through this process with your loved one. Remember to take time to care for yourself as well, and engage in activities that will ensure that you have the patience and energy you need to see your loved one through this process.
Why Consider Treatment at Pocono Mountain Recovery Center
Left untreated, an addiction to strong opioids like fentanyl and fentanyl derivatives will rob an individual of his or her mental and physical health and cause countless problems with work, school, and in relationships. At their most deadly, these drugs can take a person’s life, but this risk can be alleviated by seeking professional help.
A quality treatment center like Pocono Mountain Recovery can interrupt the downward spiral of addiction, and give individuals the tools they need to work toward a life that is free from substances of abuse. Our comprehensive care supports sobriety with treatment plans that are tailored to the needs of each individual, and includes thorough discharge planning to encourage continued success after one leaves our center.
Types of Treatment Offered at Pocono Mountain Recovery Center
Located in Henryville, Pennsylvania, Pocono Mountain Recovery Center is a world-class provider of treatment for men and women aged 18 and older who have been struggling with an addiction to fentanyl or a synthetic fentanyl derivative. Surrounded by majestic mountains, our picturesque healing environment is the perfect place to begin the journey to a healthier tomorrow.
Each member of our clinical staff is committed to helping all patients thrive while they are in our care, and is dedicated to putting forth every effort to ensure that our patients’ treatment goals are not just met, but exceeded. While benefitting from ongoing staff support, patients gain a great deal from time-tested interventions that are proven effective in helping people to break free from substance abuse and related concerns. With a foundation rooted in the 12-Step philosophy for treating addiction, the programming at our residential treatment center has been able to positively transform the lives of many individuals.
Once a patient completes our admission process, he or she will play an active role in his or her treatment planning. Based on the needs and feedback of the individual who is receiving care, the following treatment methods may or may not be included within his or her fully customized treatment plan:
Detoxification: Because harmful substances of abuse, such as fentanyl and synthetic derivatives of fentanyl, can cause an individual to become chemically dependent, detoxification, or detox, may be necessary at the start of an individual’s treatment. At Pocono Mountain Recovery, the need for detox is assessed during the admissions process, and can be incorporated into a patient’s treatment plan as the first phase of the individual’s recovery. Medical personnel supervise this process and tirelessly work to safeguard each patient’s safety and comfort during detoxification.
Medication management: Available for patients who require pharmaceutical intervention when grappling with an addiction to fentanyl or a synthetic derivative of fentanyl and a co-occurring mental health concern, medication management services allow individuals to benefit from weekly meetings with a psychiatrist if needed. Should a patient at Pocono Mountain Recovery participate in this treatment option, physician assistants and nurse practitioners will be on-hand to support, supervise, and monitor the effectiveness of any medication regimens put in place.
Individual therapy: Offered when needed by the patient, individual therapy sessions enable the men and women who heal at Pocono Mountain Recovery to receive one-on-one support from their assigned primary counselor. These sessions can serve as an excellent time in which patients can discuss their experiences while battling an addiction to fentanyl or a synthetic derivative of fentanyl, their successes while in treatment, and their goals for the present and future.
Group therapy: Provided at least five times each treatment day, group therapy sessions are cornerstones of the care that is offered at Pocono Mountain Recovery. Led by our clinical director, family coordinator, and other clinical staff members, groups provide a safe environment in which patients can discuss the progress they are making while recovering from an addiction to fentanyl or a synthetic derivative of fentanyl, and learn about the following addiction- and recovery-related topics:
- Relapse trigger identification
- Coping skills development
- Relapse prevention
- Life skills
- Disease education
Experiential therapy: For five to seven hours each week, patients at Pocono Mountain Recovery are able to partake in a variety of experiential therapy sessions. These sessions, which help men and women heal and recover both mentally and physically, can enhance an individual’s experience at this center so that there is a greater likelihood for a drug-free tomorrow. The following are among the experiential therapies that can become part of a patient’s care:
- Role playing
- Recreational therapy
- Music therapy
- Art therapy
Family therapy: In order to help those closest to the individuals who seek care at Pocono Mountain Recovery, family therapy sessions are available on an as-needed basis. When requested or deemed clinically necessary, a patient’s primary counselor and Pocono Mountain Recovery’s family coordinator can schedule a family session so that patients and those they care about can come together as a united front against fentanyl or a synthetic derivative of fentanyl addiction.
Family Program: In addition to family therapy sessions, Pocono Mountain Recovery is proud to offer a Saturday family program for the friends and family members of the individuals who seek care at this center. Psychoeducational groups are held in the morning and in the afternoon following lunch. While partaking in these groups, patients’ loved ones can come to understand what the person they care about has been going through, and receive the education and resources needed to effectively help their loved one defeat an addiction to fentanyl or a synthetic derivative of fentanyl.
The inclusion or exclusion of any of the above treatment methods within a patient’s treatment plan will be based solely on the individual’s needs and treatment requirements. If during the course of treatment the patient’s needs change, Pocono Mountain Recovery staff can revise the plan so that the individual is able to reap every advantage of receiving treatment at this center.
As a means of truly helping people break free from the grips of an addiction to fentanyl or a synthetic derivative of fentanyl, we ensure that each person who receives care at our center leaves us with a detailed discharge plan to support his or her efforts at maintaining recovery success. In some cases, a discharge plan may include a recommendation to this center’s partial hospitalization program (PHP), intensive outpatient program (IOP), or another less intensive treatment option. In other cases, patients’ discharge plans will identify other resources that will help them to make continued strides toward their recovery goals.
If you feel that you or your loved one would benefit from the all-encompassing care that is available at Pocono Mountain Recovery Center, feel free to contact us at your convenience. Our staff welcomes the opportunity to speak with you about our treatment, and can begin the admissions process over the phone.