Fentanyl is a highly addictive opioid drug. Used for severe pain relief, many people can become addicted to fentanyl as a result of being prescribed the drug for chronic pain or following major surgery.
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Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid and is considered to be 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. It is commonly prescribed to address the symptoms of severe pain following intensive surgery or for individuals who experience chronic pain. Unfortunately, fentanyl is extremely addictive as a result of its potency. Also known as Actiq®, Duragesic®, and Sublimaze® in its prescription form, it can be taken as a shot, worn as a patch on the skin, or used as a throat lozenge. Fentanyl is sometimes mixed with other drugs (including heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine).
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), fentanyl works by binding to the body’s opioid receptors. These areas of the brain control emotion and pain. Over time with repeated use of fentanyl (including prescription fentanyl), the brain adapts to the effects of the drug and makes it difficult to experience joyful emotions from anything other than the drug itself. Fentanyl can give a feeling of extreme happiness, making it increasingly more addictive.
Individuals who are addicted to fentanyl/have an opioid addiction might have difficulty controlling cravings, despite the drug harming their physical health, emotional health, and overall well-being. If you are addicted, you might continue to try and use the drug even if it means you might miss work, social events with friends, or other responsibilities as the use of fentanyl can become more important than anything else in life.
Detox is often the very first step involved with addiction treatment. It is the managed process of withdrawal from drugs and involves medications and other treatments to allow the fentanyl to leave your body while keeping you safe, healthy, and hydrated. During every detox with Future Now Detox, a medical team monitors you closely in order to reduce any side effects.
The benefits of fentanyl detox include:
When you first begin a fentanyl detox program, staff will evaluate your physical health and psychological health. They will also ask you a series of questions related to your addiction. All of the information provided will only be used to help you as much as possible during your detox (and therapies following the detox), so it’s important to be honest.
A medication-assisted detox is a common approach to detox. This involves administering medications to reduce the effect of withdrawal symptoms and to make the detox as comfortable as possible for you. Symptoms of detox can range from mild to severe and will vary from person to person.
During detox, fentanyl withdrawal can last for several weeks, with the most intense withdrawal symptoms peaking at around 3 to 7 days. Each individual’s withdrawal symptoms will vary, but symptoms often include a range of the following:
Trying to stop using fentanyl on your own can be dangerous. As mentioned, the symptoms of withdrawal can be severe and typically require the monitoring of medical staff to ensure you stay healthy and safe. Additionally, quitting fentanyl suddenly might make you more prone to relapse since you will not have the knowledge for how to deal with sudden cravings. If you’re considering quitting fentanyl, we recommend consulting with a medical professional and/or reaching out to a detox and drug rehab program to give you the highest chance of success.
A detox and rehab program is an incredibly valuable part of your journey with drug addiction treatment. Again, since fentanyl is so addictive, it can be very difficult to quit using the drug on your own. Rehab can help you not only overcome your addiction but also reclaim your life. During rehab, you’ll:
You are not alone in your fentanyl addiction. Addiction treatment is a valuable resource on the journey toward living the happy, healthy life you deserve.
Detox is only one part of fentanyl addiction treatment. There are often many other therapies utilized at a rehab facility to help an individual overcome their drug abuse. These might include:
Meet one-on-one with a therapist to discuss fentanyl use disorders and to discuss any other mental health disorders you might be experiencing.
Group therapy enables you to hear from others about their experience with addiction, in addition to meeting with a therapist.
Other types of therapies might include financial counseling, employment counseling, and support groups in order to help you further address all areas of your life during recovery.
You might feel stuck in your fentanyl addiction, but help is available. By seeking the assistance of an addiction treatment program, you’re taking the first step towards living the sober life you deserve.
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