The growing concern of the opioid epidemic across America has seen thousands of Americans lose their life to opioid overdose and the need for support in an addiction treatment program is more prevalent than ever. With fentanyl being a synthetic opioid, there is an increased risk of a strong physical dependency that can be developed to fentanyl that can pose a significant risk for severe withdrawal symptoms. For many drug abusers, you have thought about getting addiction treatment for your use of fentanyl but there is hesitation due to concern of experiencing severe withdrawal symptoms that can be uncomfortable or painful. Seeking the support of an addiction treatment program will provide you with the ongoing supervision and support of medical professionals and addiction therapists Throughout your treatment programs you will be able to safely overcome the physical dependence while healing from the underlying causes of substance abuse to facilitate long lasting success in addiction recovery.
What is Fentanyl?
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine. This prescription drug is used to treat severe pain especially in cases where individuals had just gotten surgery and or are receiving treatment for cancer. When in the prescription form, fentanyl is also known as the brand names actiq, duragesic, and sublimaze. Prescription fentanyl can come in forms of injectable drugs, a dermal patch that is placed on your skin for slow releasing effects, and a lozenge that is sucked on similar to a cough drop.
Fentanyl has become distributed and manufactured illegally where it is combined with other illicit drugs or made into a powder format. When made illegally, there is no regulation on the amount of fentanyl being added to the substance which leads to unpredictability and uncertainty for drug abusers using fentanyl which contributes to the rising number of individuals experiencing opioid overdose and overdose deaths.
Taking fentanyl will produce similar effects as other opioid drugs. Fentanyl is an opioid analgesic that can create the following effects on individuals taking fentanyl:
- Pain relief
- Urinary retention
- Respiratory depression
Signs of Fentanyl Abuse and Addiction
Each individual person that is experiencing fentanyl addiction will have their own unique side effects and symptoms that arise. Factors including the length of time you have been using fentanyl, how much you use in a given time, and how often you engage in substance abuse will influence the signs and indicators that you exhibit for addiction. Common signs of fentanyl abuse are:
- Developing a tolerance for fentanyl where you need to use more to reach the same desired effect
- Your time is monopolized by thinking about, planning for, and engaging in substance abuse
- Experiencing significant physical health and relationship problems due to your fentanyl abuse
- Feeling withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking fentanyl
- Having severe physiological or psychological symptoms that exacerbate your symptoms of mental health disorders.
Fentanyl Withdrawal Symptoms
Fentanyl and other opioid addictions are known to potentially cause severe withdrawal symptoms if not treated by medical professionals and addiction therapists. Common withdrawal symptoms of fentanyl abuse are:
- Stomach pains or cramps
- Flu like symptoms
- Muscle and joint pain
- Increased heart rate
- Elevated blood pressure
- Irregular breathing patterns
- Overall weakness and fatigue
Long-Term Side Effects of Fentanyl Abuse
Fentanyl abuse can cause significant side effects that can become long term concerns including the following:
- Substance use disorders
- Suicidal ideation or thoughts
- Lack of nutrition
- Weight loss
- Increase in impulsive behaviors
- Sexual problems in men
- Menstrual concerns within women
Fentanyl Addiction Treatment
Resurgence Behavioral Health provides patients with a comprehensive treatment plan that will support you in safely removing the harmful toxins of fentanyl while maintaining your physical and mental health. Through our evidence based therapy methods, patients will be able to gain clarity on what emotions, thoughts, and behaviors have been impacting your addictive behaviors . As you establish your triggers and traumas that have impacted your addictive behaviors, patients will develop the coping skills, life skills, and tools for relapse prevention that will foster long term success in sober living.