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Fentanyl Treatment for Addicition – Drug Rehab
What is Fentanyl?
Fentanyl is far and away the most powerful opioid drug available and it is typically used during surgeries as an analgesic or anesthetic. There are also lozenges available to help treat breakthrough pain, which is pain that is sudden, very severe and short lived and normal pain management techniques do nothing to help with the pain. The drug is frequently administered to cancer patients suffering from pain.
The Drug Fentanyl
This drug is 100 times more potent than Morphine and it is designed to turn pain into pleasure with delivery through the central nervous system like all other opioids. However, it is designed to give fast relief to the patient receiving the drug, unlike most other opioids, which are meant to help with pain on a time-release schedule.
What are the side effects of Fentanyl?
Because of its potency, there are a great many side effects related to Fentanyl use. They include diarrhea, constipation, dry mouth, confusion, sweating, hallucinations, headache, fatigue, anorexia, weight loss, indigestion, shortness of breath and hypoventilation. Additionally, due to the manner in which this drug depresses the respiratory system, high doses of this drug can result in the user overdosing and ceasing to breath.
Due to the potency, Fentanyl is classified as a narcotic and considered highly addictive, much like its illicit cousin heroin. Users report slightly different effects from using Fentanyl compared to heroin and claim that the high is less euphoric and more sedative. Because the high from Fentanyl lasts only a short period of time, addicts frequently build up a high tolerance to the drug rapidly. And with clandestine markets for synthesized Fentanyl, available to end users, it is very easy for an addicted user to obtain this dangerous drug.
Because users become addicted so quickly they frequently overdose and die because they are unable to adapt to their needed dosage. Fentanyl has also been sold as heroin and often results in numerous deaths from overdoses. In fact, many Fentanyl overdoses are initially classified as heroin overdoses. While most users choose to ingest the drug orally, it can be smoked, snorted or injected as well.
Fentanyl detox process
Detoxification from Fentanyl is a difficult task because of the high level of physical dependency on the drug and the psychological aspect as well. Withdrawal symptoms can include vomiting, diarrhea, muscle and bone pain, body cramping and cold flashes. These symptoms can last up to a week, but usually peak around 48-72 hours. After detox, patients follow up with Methadone treatments and behavioral therapy.
Fentanyl Addiction Treatment at Florida Drug Rehab Center
The Challenges staff is highly trained and we are one of the oldest drug rehab and treatment centers with relapse prevention in Florida and the United States. If you or someone you love has a Fentanyl addiction, we can help from the detox process all the way to the intensive outpatient treatment.
Our drug treatment programs are specifically designed with the needs of the individual patient suffering from drug addiction in mind. They include extended care transitional treatment, full day/PHP Treatment, with or without structured living, neurofeedback, massage, yoga and group sessions. We have ongoing alumni services for our graduates and aftercare to ensure continued recovery and support.
Our mantra is that “Relapse Ends Here” and we give our clients the support and assistance necessary to back that up. We help our clients prepare a concrete plan for success in their future as they move out of the program and live productive and prosperous lives.