Couples Addicted To Fentanyl
Fentanyl, in powder form looks like heroin. This drug is a powerful synthetic pain medicine that heroin is laced with before being put on the street. Recently fentanyl is also being sold by itself, without the user’s knowledge. This powerful drug is up to 50 times stronger than heroin and up to 100 times stronger than morphine. Small amounts can be fatal.
“It was like playing Russian roulette, but we didn’t care,” said Jane, 33, a teacher and small business owner with her husband, who said she and her husband had been clean for six months”. When the couple heard that some addicts had overdosed or even died from fentanyl, the couple would hunt down that dealer to buy from.
Couples Drug Rehab For Fentanyl Addiction
Detoxing from Fentanyl usually takes 10 days. After detox couples move on to phase 1 which is inpatient treatment. During this phase of rehab, both partners attend group therapy on a daily basis and individual counseling weekly. There are also special groups pertaining to relationships in recovery. In phase 2 of couples rehab, each partner will work on problem solving skills and relapse prevention education. Couples will work on communication their communication skills with their therapist, doing workshops and step work. If one partner needs to be on medication for anxiety disorder, they will find the proper dosage.
Couples Behavioral Therapy
CBT is a method of behavior modification where the couple creates a recovery contract. Each partner makes certain written promises to support their significant other in their recovery process. If one or both partners have trauma or post traumatic stress disorder they will attend EMDR therapy. Most rehab centers have certified EMDR professionals to monitor this protocol. Resentments can destroy a relationship, so both partners need to work on getting rid of resentments. This process is started in rehab, and continues in 12 step groups after discharge. There are 12 step meetings for couples like recovering couples anonymous, but each partner needs his own meetings to attend like AA or NA.
Medication like suboxone can help couples stay off the fentanyl. This treatment can be long term and the relationship or marriage can be repaired. Medication assisted treatment lowers the relapse rate by 50% among heroin addicts in the first year. Suboxone can help keep you in rehab longer because it curbs any cravings for the fentanyl. Withdrawal from opiates takes 6 months sometimes to be totally out of your system. Being on suboxone allows the couple to work on all their issues in therapy.
“I was originally prescribed fentanyl patches for cancer pain. My physician was told by the drug companies this was a safe pain medication. A year later I went into remission and was totally cancer free, but could not get off the fentanyl or other drugs including Dilaudid. My wife was also hooked on pain medication for back pain from a car accident. We decided together to go to drug rehab and try our hardest to get clean. Finding an addiction treatment center that would accept couples was not easy.”
Some married couples become addicted to other drugs including cocaine or crack. These drugs cause both partners in a relationship to become paranoid of each other and destroy financial security.