Fentanyl Addiction Treatment

Fentanyl is an extremely potent opioid narcotic typically used as an anesthetic to ease pain induced during 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. Because the drug is 80-100 times as potent as morphine, such opioid cocktails often cause fatal overdoses even in small amounts.

Fentanyl and fentanyl-laced heroin go by many names on the black market such as:

  • 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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Symptoms of Fentanyl abuse

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.

Some of the common symptoms of Fentanyl abuse are:

  • 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

Overdose of the drug can be identified if a person shows any or all of the following signs:

  • Pinpoint pupils
  • Clammy skin
  • Seizures
  • Dangerously low blood pressure or slow heartbeat
  • Short and shallow breathing
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Effect of Fentanyl Abuse

The drug is believed to have first been abused by hospital workers in the 1990s. When the drug got approval for being packaged as a lozenge or patch, fentanyl drug abuse and overdose became more prevalent among the common people.

Fentanyl abuse affects the same area of the brain that controls emotions and pain. The drug works by adhering to the brain’s opioid receptors. For users, this implies that when pain is blocked by fentanyl so are emotional disturbances, which, in turn, produces 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.

Getting Help for Fentanyl Abuse

Fentanyl patch abuse and fentanyl addiction need medical intervention. But many people become dependent on painkillers to numb emotional pain, not knowing how to cope, and thus become addicted.

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 bloodstream. This will serve to mitigate the damage caused due to fentanyl overdose.

The opioid overdose antidote naloxone can also be used for fentanyl overdoses. It’s administered intravenously and shows results within a minute.

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 treat mental and emotional problems to be long-lasting. Quite often, the breakthroughs have less to do with the substance abuse and more to do with previous trauma or mental distress. Therefore, Sovereign Health is mindful of the perpetuating relationship between mental disorder and substance abuse and offer a dual diagnosis treatment for multiple co-occurring disorders.

Fentanyl abuse can also lead to depression and anxiety, but the two mental disorders can conversely instigate dependency on painkillers. And that is why, treatment for fentanyl abuse begins with a full fentanyl detox treatment, allowing patients to free their body as well as mind from all unwanted substances, their influence and tackle addiction with a clear head.

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Why Choose Sovereign Health?

Sovereign Health provides closely monitored detoxification treatment at one of the best fentanyl detox centers and a formidable fentanyl addiction treatment program to address not only the opioid abuse but any other mental disorders underlying the problem.

Sovereign Health is a nationwide leader in offering detox program and 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 individualized treatment for each person, to ensure a lasting recovery.

There are a number of factors that set us apart from other treatment facilities in the U.S.:

  • 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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