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Fentanyl Addiction Treatment

Fentanyl like all narcotics delivers a powerful and immediate high; however, this high does not last long. Fentanyl has legitimate medical uses and is most often prescribed for what doctors call “break-through” pain, pain which other forms of medication cannot alleviate or control. For this reason, doctors prescribe fentanyl most often after a surgery. When used under doctor direction, fentanyl can be both safe and effective. However, because of the intense feelings of euphoria the drug produces, fentanyl is often misused as a recreational drug.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid and is part of the opioid epidemic that is responsible for an increasing amount of abuse, addiction related issues and deaths in the United States and worldwide. A synthetic opioid is manufactured compound that mimics natural opioid drugs, blocking opioid receptors in the body. When blocked, these receptors allow dopamine to remain flowing freely in the body and produce the pleasurable, euphoric highs associated with pleasurable anticipation — the same sensations produced by narcotic drugs.

The drug comes in multiple different forms which can also add to its dangers. For example, you can take fentanyl as a lozenge, patch, injection or “lollipop.” However, since there is such a small difference between a medically tolerable and a lethal dose, you can easily overdose on fentanyl, and the variety of methods to take the drug make it very easy to take too much. For this reason, there is higher chance that you will overdose while using fentanyl than if you took any other drug.

Statistics from recent studies confirm the dangers of the drug. Over the last five years, a Centers for Disease Control study show that deaths from opioids as a class of drug, including fentanyl, have doubled twice, killing over 30,000 users in the same time frame. In 2016, according to the same government study, fentanyl deaths specifically reached 64,000, and that represents a 540 percent increase in deaths over a three-year period and a 22 percent increase over 2015.

The dangers of fentanyl use and addiction coupled with the strong risk of death from overdose that recent statistics show make a clear case for seeking a medically-supervised detox if you use fentanyl as well as obtain on-going addiction treatment. Since you face even greater risks of an overdose after a failed detox attempt, detoxing on your own increases dangers to your physical well-being instead of diminishing them. The safest route to sobriety includes professional help from experienced and compassionate addiction professionals.

The Effects of Fentanyl Use on the Body

You will experience many negative, uncomfortable and often painful side-effects from using fentanyl, which may include some or all of the following:

  • itchiness
  • muscle stiffness
  • weakness
  • dizziness and lightheadedness
  • impaired motor skills
  • drowsiness
  • pupil constriction
  • nausea and/or vomiting
  • difficulty breathing
  • slower than normal heart-rate
  • tremors
  • slurred speech
  • weight loss
  • confusion
  • hallucinations

Signs of Fentanyl Abuse and Dependency

Fentanyl abuse symptoms can be severe and can adversely affect your physical, emotional and psychological well-being. These symptoms include:

  • lethargy
  • avoidance of social situations
  • personality changes
  • delusions
  • paranoia

Long-term Damage from Fentanyl Use

If you use fentanyl for a long-time, you will experience many serious and sometimes life-threatening side-effects which include:

  • difficulty breathing
  • severe gastrointestinal problems
  • impaired immune system function
  • seizures

The Dangers of Fentanyl Withdrawal

Fentanyl withdrawal can produce many of the same intense side-effects that you might experience when withdrawing from other narcotic substances, and it can have similarly devastating effects on your emotional and physical health and safety. These side-effects include:

  • chills
  • gastrointestinal pain
  • loss of appetite
  • diarrhea
  • weakness
  • muscle and joint pain
  • shaking and/or tremors
  • irritability
  • restlessness
  • confusion

Getting Help for Your Fentanyl Addiction

Fentanyl addiction can easily be life-threatening, and detoxing on your can pose many dangers to your emotional and physical health as well. To break free from fentanyl safely and successfully, you will need the help of experienced and caring addiction specialists. Call Serenity Oaks Wellness Center at 844-720-6847 to learn more about how an individualized recovery plan can you help you leave addiction behind and live a life free of drugs.

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