Subsys (Fentanyl Sublingual Spray) Addiction Treatment And Rehab

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Subsys is the first prescription medicine of its kind. It’s a sublingual spray version of the incredibly powerful opioid drug fentanyl. Subsys is sprayed directly into the mouth, under the tongue. It’s then quickly absorbed by the mucosal membrane, making it a rapid-acting drug. Subsys is a controlled substance that’s only intended to be used by opioid-tolerant people who have breakthrough cancer pain. Subsys should be prescribed when someone is already on an around-the-clock opioid treatment for cancer pain, such as morphine. Unfortunately, despite the prescribing and medication guidelines, Subsys is incorrectly prescribed in some cases and is also diverted from medical use. The reason the guidelines for Subsys are so rigid is the potential for misuse and dependence, along with risks like respiratory depression. Fentanyl is an opioid that’s extremely powerful. In fact, Subsys is estimated to be 100 times more powerful than morphine, with effects very similar to heroin. When someone uses Subsys, there is a high likelihood an addiction will form. The best treatment option for Subsys addiction is almost always a professional program. Opioid addiction is difficult to overcome, because of the effects these drugs have on the brain, body and life of the individual.
Subsys (Fentanyl Sublingual Spray) Addiction Treatment And Rehab
Subsys medical detox is the first step of receiving treatment. During a medical detox, there is supervision from a team of medical professionals to prevent complications and treat symptoms that may occur. Medical detox can also include mental health care, treatment and, if necessary, medications. Medical detox can occur in a facility that only does that, or it can be part of an addiction treatment center. Many patients find that it’s better to go through detox in the same place they’ll receive addiction treatment for continuity of care and less transition. During a Subsys medical detox, medications approved specifically to treat symptoms of opioid withdrawal can be prescribed. As-needed medications for common symptoms such as insomnia can be given as well.
Subsys rehabilitation programs, while they can happen in different settings and last for varying lengths of time, should have some core concepts that are foundational to the treatment provided. Some of the principles for effective treatment based on evidence and research include:

  • No one treatment is right for everyone
  • Addiction is a disease that’s complex but treatable
  • Addiction affects both brain function and behavior
  • Addiction treatment should address all of the needs of a patient and not just drug use
  • Staying in treatment for a long enough period is essential
An inpatient Subsys rehab is a residential program, with benefits including stability, safety, security, supervision and structure. A highly structured and supervised environment often works well for people who struggle with addiction, especially since a life of addiction can be so inherently chaotic. Features and benefits of an inpatient Subsys rehab include:

  • There is usually a variety of therapy approaches used. They may focus on something like cognitive behavioral therapy and treatment can take place in group, individual and family settings.
  • Inpatient Subsys rehab is intensive and highly focused without outside distractions.
  • During inpatient Subsys rehab, the person doesn’t have to go to school or work and can focus solely on treatment and recovery.
  • Participants may find the supportive element of an inpatient rehab beneficial.
  • An inpatient Subsys rehab may offer dual diagnosis treatment for physical and mental health conditions.
  • Inpatient Subsys rehabs are usually comprehensive and include long-term planning for what will happen after someone leaves the facility.
  • There are supplemental therapies and treatments offered to address the whole person, outside of their drug use.
Another option is an outpatient Subsys rehab. An outpatient program can be intensive and include several therapy sessions a week, each lasting for several hours. On the other end of the spectrum, an outpatient program can include a therapy session once a week lasting only an hour. It depends on the type of program and who it’s offered by. Outpatient Subsys rehab may also be something that’s included as part of an aftercare plan once someone completes an inpatient program. Outpatient Subsys rehab is generally less expensive than inpatient treatment. It also allows people to stay at home and continue working or going to school as they normally would.
Due to the highly personal nature of addiction treatment, when choosing a Subsys rehab center, many of the factors to weigh are based on the individual. Some people will fare better in one type of treatment over another. Specific things that are relevant when choosing a Subsys rehab center include:

  • How severe is the addiction? With something as powerful as Subsys, the addiction is likely to be severe, and this can determine the right addiction treatment.
  • How far from home is the person willing to go for treatment?
  • Would the person benefit from being out of their daily environment to focus on treatment?
  • What will insurance cover regarding the cost of treatment?
  • Have other treatment options been tried before?
  • Does the individual require a medical detox?

Reach out to The Recovery Village, and we can answer questions you may have about medical detox, and inpatient and outpatient addiction treatment as well as how to make the right decision.

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