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Aftercare Treatment for Fentanyl Addiction

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 accounted for 68% of the overall reported opioid deaths in the country, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If you or someone you care about has fallen victim to fentanyl addiction, it is crucial that you seek help immediately.

iRecovery offers assessment and supportive psychotherapy services for those seeking to determine the need for treatment, clarification of whether a higher level of care and referral are needed, or who have already been stabilized and are now abstinent from their substance use. We offer one-on-one counseling sessions and cognitive behavioral therapy, group therapy and case management support services to help patients reclaim their strength, confidence, and independence. Contact our representatives today at 855-770-0581 to start or continue your journey toward recovery and a better quality of life.

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.
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