Addiction Treatment in Laguna Hills, California
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 80-100 times stronger than morphine. Pharmaceutical fentanyl was developed for pain management treatment of cancer patients, applied in a patch on the skin. Because of its powerful opioid properties, fentanyl is also diverted for abuse. Fentanyl is added to heroin to increase its potency, or be disguised as highly-potent heroin. It is also frequently used to make fake, or “pressed,” xanax or oxycodone pills. Many users believe that they are purchasing heroin, Xanax, or oxycodone, and actually don’t know that they are purchasing fentanyl– which often results in overdose deaths.
Opioid receptors are involved in pain perception and reward, which is why using fentanyl increases pleasurable feelings and decreases pain. That description can put into perspective how easily an individual could become addicted to fentanyl.
After the initial effects, becoming drowsy for several hours is one of the many common symptoms fentanyl users experience. During this time, mental health functions are clouded, heart functions slows, and breathing is also decreased severely. Sometimes, these functions are slowed enough to be life-threatening. The decrease in breathing can also lead to a coma and permanent brain damage.
- Kidney disease
- Blood clots, leading to stroke or heart attack
- Valve or lining infections in the heart
- Clouded mental functioning
- Skin diseases or abscesses around injection areas
- Scarred, collapsed veins
- HIV or Hepatitis B and C
- Liver disease
FENTANYL WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS
Depending on the individual, the initial “comedown” from fentanyl can vary in time and severity. While the beginning stages begin as quickly as 6 to 12 hours after the last dose, fentanyl withdrawal symptoms typically hit their peak at the 1-3 day mark. Post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS) is also seen in some cases where the individual can suffer from intense withdrawals for weeks or even months. In most cases, the severity of the symptoms subsiding gradually over typically a 5-7 day span.
Fentanyl withdrawals are usually very complex. Those who have suffered from fentanyl addiction for an extended period of time could possibly suffer from more severe and sometimes dangerous symptoms that can cause permanent damage. The duration of these withdrawals depends on several factors. Most importantly including:
- How frequently fentanyl was used
- Methods that were used to administer fentanyl
- Amount of fentanyl taken per dose
- Length of time that fentanyl was abused
Detoxification should always take place in a safe and controlled environment where treatment professionals are readily available. Monitoring for safety, and on-site to provide any medications that could be used to help counter the withdrawal effects.
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Sometimes it may seem like there is no way out of addiction but here’s the good news: Treatment works, recovery is possible, and you can lead a rich and full life, free of alcohol and drug addiction.
FENTANYL ADDICTION TREATMENT
Extreme cravings are often the most frequent cause of relapse during recovery. Detoxification programs help minimize cravings and usually utilize resources such as certain medications to assist in the process. Professionally supervised fentanyl detox programs are specifically designed to help addicts safely ween off of this very highly addictive drug.
Once the detoxification process has been completed, classes and therapy sessions are strongly encouraged. Group meetings attended by others in treatment are very insightful as well. All of those resources provide great opportunities to learn to develop various techniques and skills. What you learn can be extremely beneficial while striving to maintain a life in sobriety. remaining sober, as well as learning to recognize and cope with certain triggers or situations in the real world.
Whether you are struggling with fentanyl addiction or are concerned about a loved one, the first step is learning more about the detox process. We invite you to contact Stone Ridge Recovery today to ask about our detox program.