Opioid withdrawal develops after the body—particularly the brain’s opioid receptors—has developed a chemical addiction to a certain level of opioids. Despite the fact that opioids are often used to treat discomfort, abuse can actually increase the body’s sensitivity. Attempting to take more opioids in order to deal with pain can lead to drug overdose deaths. Fentanyl withdrawal symptoms, like all opioid withdrawal, can include drug cravings, anxiety, nausea, vomiting, or abdominal pain.
While the withdrawal symptoms for Fentanyl can be severe, they aren’t life-threatening—but they can be hard to get over. Our method includes supportive care as well as medications to address symptoms and prevent complications
Patients using the new AMI protocol for Fentanyl experienced a significantly lower Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale score (COWS), an 11-item scale designed to help clinicians measure the intensity of symptoms and determine the severity of opiate withdrawal.
We have found that the new AMI protocol has lowered Fentanyl patient COWS scores an average of 4.4 points, or 42% a day, over the three days prior to full detox. Additionally, the patient’s length of stay has decreased from 8 days to 7, allowing the patient to transition to aftercare more quickly. Our process for managing Fentanyl withdrawal symptoms is effective.
In addition to the Gallus Method achieving dramatic improvement in managing withdrawal symptoms during Fentanyl detox, new patient research shows a clinically and statistically significant decrease in depression during inpatient medical detox, with an average drop of 5.88 points as measured using the PHQ-9.
The PHQ-9 form is a brief, self-administered questionnaire that assesses depression symptoms. This shorter test is derived from the original and longer PHQ assessment that addresses multiple mental health concerns including depression, panic disorder, anxiety, sleep disorders, and others.
The PHQ-9 has 9 questions with a top score of 27 and is a highly valid tool for measuring depression. PHQ-9 score total of 0-4 points equals “normal” or minimal depression. Scoring between 5-9 points indicates mild depression, 10-14 points indicates moderate depression, 15-19 points indicates moderately severe depression, and 20 or more points indicates severe depression. The higher your score, the more symptoms of depression you experience, and the more severe your depression is.
We administered PHQ-9s to 254 patients in 2020. On average patients scored an 11 at admission and a 6 at discharge on this scale. An 11 indicates moderate depression and a 6 indicates mild depression. This is clinically significant and demonstrates that Gallus Detox can reduce depression in a short period of time.
Our inpatient treatment program is based on the values of compassion, collaboration, and excellence, and our experienced staff are on call for 24 hours to make sure your recovery process is as safe and comfortable as possible.
Gallus addiction treatment centers are designed to provide clinical excellence in an upscale, home-like setting. We offer private rooms with queen beds, free WiFi, and a 40″ TV in every room.
Unlike other treatment centers, we allow full use of personal electronics and encourage communication with friends, family members and outside support systems. Our 24/7 medical staffing means that we will work round the clock to ease withdrawal symptoms so that the treatment process is as smooth and effective as possible.
In 2017, Gallus Medical Detox Centers began seeing more patients testing positive for Fentanyl in our detox centers. We have created a protocol that addresses addiction to Fentanyl.
Gallus Medical Detox provides the comfort of a residential facility, but with clinical expertise that is far superior to most detox facilities. We offer safe, effective, and personalized treatment. We are so proud of our proprietary method that we named it The Gallus Method.
The key features of our Fentanyl detox program include:
There are many reasons why people don’t seek the help they need, including feelings of shame and fear about the process of detoxification. Many fear that Fentanyl detox will be uncomfortable and painful. You will know if you need detox by seeking professional medical assistance from a qualified medical provider, who can best advise you based on your personal situation.
Detoxifying from addictive substances like opioids and prescription Fentanyl presents a number of potentially fatal medical risks, psychological challenges, and unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.
We can help overcome these through effective, safe, and comfortable medical detox provided by addiction experts. Because of the way Fentanyl works in the body, we can effectively treat Fentanyl withdrawal symptoms until the drug has had enough time to leave the patient’s system. Our process cuts down on the possibility of drug overdose deaths for our patients.