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To fully understand, the depths of fentanyl addiction, it’s important to first address the "What is fentanyl?" question.
Fentanyl is a narcotic painkiller that is up to 50 times more potent than heroin and up to 100 times stronger than morphine.
Due to the drug’s potency and addictive qualities, doctors reserve fentanyl prescriptions for the most severe situations.
Fentanyl is a prescription opioid painkiller that is chemically related to other addictive prescription painkillers, like hydrocodone, and methadone.
In a hospital setting, this narcotic is used to rapidly treat severe pain in people who are tolerant to other opioids.
Fentanyl is so potent that doctors often reserve it for patients who have terminal cancer.
Though this drug has medical uses, a euphoric fentanyl high can occur if a person takes too much of it.
Thus, it is no surprise that fentanyl has been sold illicitly for decades.
Today, fentanyl is often substituted for heroin and it is as dangerous as the notorious street drug.
Signs and Symptoms
There are many common signs that someone is abusing fentanyl, as well as symptoms of fentanyl abuse.
These signs and symptoms of fentanyl abuse include the following:
- Difficulty walking
- Muscle stiffness
- Slowed/altered heart rate
- Labored breathing
- Dizziness, lightheadedness, and fainting
- Slurred speech
- Weight loss
- Visual hallucinations
- Nausea and vomiting
- Itching & scratching
- Pinpoint pupils
In some situations, fentanyl use can also lead to unconsciousness, coma, or even death.
If you recognize the signs and symptoms of fentanyl abuse in yourself or a loved one, don1t wait to seek help for fentanyl abuse treatment
Effects of Fentanyl Abuse and Treatment
When someone has a long-term fentanyl problem, that person will likely experience several adverse effects.
There are serious mental and physical side effects of prolonged fentanyl abuse in addition to the signs and symptoms of abuse listed above
Severe gastrointestinal problems, including bowel obstruction and perforation.
- Weakened immune system
- Difficulty breathing
- Mental Effects
- Social withdrawal
- Lack of motivation
- Delusions and personality changes
- Lethal Combinations
When combined with other street drugs like heroin that depress the central nervous system, the user is at increased risk of respiratory distress, Coma and Death.
Fentanyl Abuse Treatment
Treatment is an essential component of the recovery process from addiction to Fentanyl.
Drug addiction treatment involves a number of components typically starting with detox.
Because fentanyl is both physically and psychologically addictive.
A fentanyl addict will experience physical, emotional and mental withdrawal symptoms upon quitting the drug, which can include:
- General weakness
- Joint and muscle pain
- Loss of appetite
- Shaking and tremors
- Stomach pain
Due to the severity of withdrawal symptoms that may occur, its important to work with a qualified medical professional to detox comfortably and safely.
Detoxing under the supervision of specialist decreases the risk of addict to stop detoxing and sabotage their recovery.
This happens due to the withdrawal symptoms and in an attempt to alleviate the withdrawal symptoms they go back to using the substance.
Drug rehab centers are an effective way for fentanyl abuse treatment.
However, opiate dependency is a tenacious condition with a high relapse rate and not all treatment centers are equipped to handle fentanyl addiction.
Before choosing a rehab center, find out if they understand and are equipped to treat someone with a fentanyl addiction.
In general, there are wide variety of treatment options for those seeking rehabilitation from drug use.
At Wisdom Treatment, we offer lifetime support for addicts, both those looking to obtain sobriety and those seeking to maintain it.
The rehabilitation process gives recovering addicts the tools they need to achieve victory rather than find escape, whenever they are faced with the challenges of life.
If you or someone you love is ready to seek help because of fentanyl abuse, we can help.
Our drug rehabilitation and recovery hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
We have a standby friendly team to provide you with information and resources for comprehensive and holistic fentanyl abuse treatment.