Fentanyl Addiction Treatment

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Fentanyl is an extremely potent opioid narcotic typically used as anesthesia to assist with pain from medical procedures. However, the fast-acting agent is sometimes found as an additive in heroin and other black market opioids, often without the buyer’s knowledge. This drug normally comes as a patch making fentanyl patch abuse that much easier but also more dangerous. Because the drug is 80-100 times as potent as morphine, such opioid cocktails often cause fatal overdoses even in small amounts.

Sovereign Health provides closely monitored detox and a formidable fentanyl addiction treatment program to address not only the opioid abuse but any mental disorders underlying the problem.

Abusing Fentanyl

The drug is said to first be abused with hospital workers who were overdosing in rashes in the 1990s. When the drug was approved for packaging as a lozenge or patch, fentanyl drug abuse and overdose became more common in laymen.

Fentanyl, though extremely powerful, is not a long-lasting drug, so the frequency of use is what contributes to its highly addictive quality.

When patients experience chronic pain that breaks through their opioid barrier, or when less-powerful painkillers become ineffective due to tolerance, they often escalate to fentanyl use, leading to dependency and addiction.

On the black market, fentanyl and fentanyl-laced heroin go by many names:

  • China White
  • TNT
  • Apache
  • China Girl
  • Jackpot
  • Dance Fever
  • Friend
  • Goodfella,
  • Murder 8
  • Tango and Cash

When fentanyl is bought and sold illegally, it can come as a powder, blotter paper or tablets mimicking lesser opioids.

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Addiction is a disease that manipulates a person’s sense of reward, motivation, memory and a number of related neurological functions.

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Negative Symptoms of Fentanyl Abuse

  • Drowsiness, listlessness
  • Headache, dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting with quick movements
  • Dry mouth, water and urine retention or swollen extremities
  • Suppression of breathing
  • Severe constipation
  • Itching or hives
  • Loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting and weight loss
  • Difficulty seeing
  • Depression
  • Hallucinations
  • Difficulty sleeping or nightmares
  • Sweating
  • Shaking

Red Flags of Fentanyl Overdose

  • Pinpoint pupils
  • Inability to be awakened
  • Clammy skin
  • Seizures
  • Dangerously low blood pressure or slow heartbeat
  • Short and shallow breathing

If fentanyl overdose was recent, a medically administered dose of activated charcoal or having the stomach pumped can extract as much of the drug as possible from the digestive system, before the entirety of what was taken orally reaches the blood stream. This will serve to mitigate full damage from a fentanyl overdose.

Opioid overdose antidote naloxone can also be used for fentanyl overdoses. It’s administered intravenously and takes effect within a minute.

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Fentanyl Inside the Body

The same area of the brain that controls emotions controls pain. Fentanyl works by adhering to the brain’s opioid receptors. For users, that means that when pain is blocked by fentanyl so is emotional disturbance, thus producing euphoric effects.

When opioids like fentanyl bind to brain receptors, dopamine levels in turn, are boosted. The soaring of dopamine in the brain’s reward spot is what activates strong feelings of relaxation. But the suppression of brain receptors is also what muffles communication of necessary brain signals like respiration, gastric function, alertness and psychological balance.

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Getting Help for Fentanyl Abuse

Fentanyl patch abuse and fentanyl addiction are alarming issues that must be treated medically. But many people become dependent on painkillers to numb emotional pain, not knowing how to cope, and thus become addicted beyond pain management.

That’s where Sovereign Health steps in. Most treatment centers address the outward symptoms almost exclusively, and patients are blindsided by relapse. The truth is holistic treatment has to include mental and emotional breakthrough to be long lasting. Quite often the breakthroughs have less to do with the ultimate substance abused and more to do with previous trauma or mental distress.

Fentanyl abuse side effects can include depression and anxiety, but the two mental disorders can conversely instigate dependency on painkillers. This is why we start treatment with a full fentanyl detox, allowing patients to free their mind from the substance’s influence and tackle their addiction with a clear head.

Sovereign Health is mindful of the perpetuating relationship between mental disorder and substance abuse. That’s why we offer dual diagnosis treatment for multiple co-occurring disorders.

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Why Choose Sovereign Health?

Sovereign Health is a nationwide leader in mental health treatment for addiction, mental illness and eating disorders. We are a flagship of doctors, therapists, alternative therapy experts and residential attendants all steadfast in our commitment to individualizing treatment for each person, for lasting recovery.

What sets us apart:

  • Joint Commission Accreditation
  • Comfortable residential treatment
  • Multiple tracks of treatment: mental health, substance abuse, dual diagnosis
  • Intriguing experiential and alternative therapies
  • Cutting-edge cognitive modalities and brain restoration treatments
  • Additional regional programs particularly focused on youth males, teens, middle-aged men with mental health and addiction issues, and women overcoming trauma

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