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In the realm of opioids, it does not get much more potent or dangerous than fentanyl. This medication is a synthetic opioid reserved for the most extreme types of pain, such as cancer patients, post-surgical recovery and those undergoing lethal injection. It is similar to morphine in composition, but is approximately 50 to 100 times more powerful, and is now among the leading causes of overdose deaths in the United States.

Fentanyl and other synthetic opioids are quickly becoming the dominant substance abuse threat facing the country. Overdose deaths involving the drug are up exponentially in most American states and account for around half of the overall opioid deaths in the country, according to data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. If you or someone you care about has fallen victim to fentanyl addiction, it is crucial that you seek help immediately. Call iRecovery today at 855-770-0581 to start exploring your treatment options now.

Like other types of powerful prescription opioids, fentanyl addiction can very often start with a prescription for a legitimate pain issue. This drug is sometimes given to people who have tolerance to even the most potent prescription painkillers, and can create an easy and wide-open gateway for addiction and withdrawal. Fentanyl’s comparatively higher potency almost immediately hijacks the brain’s chemistry causing patients to crave it even when their pain has already started to subside. Once people become addicted, but can no longer receive their regular supply from their doctor, they resort to any and all measures to satisfy their unrelentingly intense cravings. Others simply start by unwittingly taking other drugs that are cut with a variety of fentanyl, and do not even know what they are taking until it is too late.
It is important to realize that fentanyl prescribed by a physician can be dramatically different then the kind found on the street. The “street” fentanyl is most commonly associated with thespate of overdose deaths seen in recent years. This street version of fentanyl is usually created and produced in a makeshift lab for the sole purpose of street-level distribution. This synthetic fentanyl is sold illegally as a powder, dropped onto blotter paper, put in eye droppers and nasal sprays, or made into pills that look like other prescription opioids. It is common for dealers to mix drugs like MDMA, heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine to produce more potent products. This is because it takes very little to produce a high with fentanyl, making it a cheaper option.
The protocol for fentanyl addiction treatment is similar to other types of opioid care, but can yield a much more intense withdrawal period. This is one of the most powerful types of opioids there are and, when the central nervous system is told that it suddenly has to go without it, it will react very harshly for a prolonged period of time. Some of the common fentanyl withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Runny Nose, Watery Eyes and Fatigue
  • Restlessness and Anxiety
  •  Irritability or Mood Changes
  • Increased Physical Pain
  • Goosebumps Chills or Excessive Sweating
  • Stomach Cramps
  • Nausea, Vomiting or Diarrhea
  • Muscle Cramping or Aches and Joint Pain
  • Tremors or Muscle Twitching
  • Rapid Heart Rate
  • Blood Pressure Changes
  • Trouble Sleeping
  • Increased Thoughts of Suicide
Signs of fentanyl overdose include weakness, dizziness, incoherency, blurred vision, extremely low heart rate and blood pressure, loss of consciousness and bluish tint to the skin. Call 911 immediately in the event of these signs. Overdose victims should be kept alert and awake if possible until emergency responders show up.

The intense physical and psychological toll that fentanyl withdrawal takes on victims mandates professional, compassionate and safe medically supervised detoxification. Patients cannot and should not be expected to handle the rigors of this disease on their own. Trained physicians and nurses can provide safe and expert relief of intense symptoms and intervene in the event of a medical emergency. After patients are medically stabilized, they may be eligible for medication-assisted treatment (MAT), which includes buprenorphine (Suboxone®). After or during detoxification, patients should also receive comprehensive behavioral therapy and ongoing medical care to address root causes and associated medical symptoms of their condition.

iRecovery offers a world-class team of physicians, nurses, therapists and support professionals to help you take your life back from fentanyl addiction. We offer most aspects of our comprehensive treatment program right in the comfort of your own home so you do not have to worry about upending your life to get help in an inpatient or outpatient treatment program. If you or someone you care about has succumbed to this dangerous and urgent disease of fentanyl addiction, contact us today at 561-464- 5500 to get quality help for lasting success and recovery. We are standing by to answer all your questions and conduct a full insurance verification.
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