Actiq is a powerful prescription opioid. The active ingredient is fentanyl, which has been a drug at the center of the staggering and deadly opioid epidemic. Fentanyl is like morphine, except that it’s believed to be 50 to 100 times stronger. Actiq has very specific prescription guidelines surrounding its use. For example, Actiq is only supposed to be given to people to treat breakthrough cancer pain when they’re already opioid-tolerant and on another around-the-clock medication. People who are prescribed Actiq on an outpatient basis have to be enrolled in a specific federal program. The reason for these restrictions is because Actiq’s active ingredient fentanyl is such a powerful narcotic, and it’s highly addictive. Fentanyl has a tremendous risk of misuse and dependence associated with its use as well.
Along with medical diversion, fentanyl can be accessed by purchasing it from illicit manufacturers. When someone is addicted to Actiq, fentanyl or any opioid, they will almost always benefit from professional addiction treatment. These drugs are powerful and have effects on the brain, body and the life of the person who’s misusing them. Addiction is a brain disease that’s complex and also involves genetics and environment. Treatment options for Actiq addiction symptoms can be wide-ranging and often begin with a medical detox. Following detox, people may move into an inpatient or outpatient addiction treatment program.
Opioid withdrawal isn’t usually deadly. However, it’s extremely uncomfortable and leaves possible the chance of relapsing. If someone experiences recurrence of use after a period of detoxing from Actiq, they are more likely to overdose. An Actiq medical detox would occur in a professional medical facility. The patient would have supervision from medical professionals and, in many cases, mental health professionals as well. An Actiq medical detox may be where someone is prescribed certain medications. These medications can include options like methadone or buprenorphine, specifically approved to be used during opioid addiction treatment. When medications like methadone are used, they are intended to be part of a program treating the whole person and including behavioral counseling. Medications to treat Actiq withdrawal symptoms such as insomnia, anxiety or pain can be given during a medical detox as well. Medical detox is something that may take place in a standalone facility. More often, however, detox is the first step of an addiction treatment and recovery program.
When someone is choosing an Actiq rehabilitation program, there are numerous considerations to keep in mind. For example, where is the program and how long is it? Most people benefit from staying in treatment for longer periods. Some people may find that it’s better for them to leave their home environment for treatment, while others might feel more supported and comfortable being close to home. Regardless of the specifics, the goal of any Actiq rehabilitation program should be to help participants stop compulsively seeking and using drugs and to make changes in their attitudes, beliefs and behaviors.
Inpatient Actiq rehab is a term referring to a residential program. Participants in an inpatient rehab will stay in a facility, and they will have constant structured, intensive care. The environment is intended to be safe, supported and supervised. In an inpatient Actiq rehab, patients often participate in many different therapy modalities. For example, throughout their days in the facility, they might do group therapy and individual counseling as well as supplemental therapies like yoga or meditation. Inpatient Actiq rehab can include treatment not only for the symptoms of addiction but also mental and physical health care. Within the larger categories of inpatient Actiq rehab, there are further category breakdowns. For example, there are therapeutic communities, which are long-term structured programs that can last for up to a year. There is shorter-term residential treatment that usually includes detox and intensive counseling. Then there are recovery housing programs, which are supervised living environments designed as a transition from inpatient care to a return to daily life.
Outpatient Actiq rehab is less intensive and doesn’t have the residential component of inpatient care. Some people might start with inpatient rehab, and then move into an outpatient rehab as part of a gradual treatment process. Others might just attend an outpatient Actiq rehab program. Outpatient rehab can include behavioral health counseling and therapies. Programs are either group-based, individual or a combination. Programs are usually based on certain types of therapy, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy. An outpatient Actiq rehab may also include family therapy and drug education. Outpatient Actiq rehab is less intensive and doesn’t require participants live in a facility. This can be good for someone who feels they have a strong, supportive home environment or someone who isn’t able to leave home because of commitments like school or work.
Choosing an Actiq center is a difficult decision, especially since there are so many options. Actiq addiction is likely going to require an intensive treatment program because it is a powerful and dangerous drug, even among opioids. Some specifics to think about when choosing an Actiq center include the severity of addiction and whether or not there are potential mental health disorders that need to be treated. Also relevant are physical health issues someone might have, the cost of treatment and whether or not insurance can cover it, and whether the person is willing and able to travel for care.
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