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What Are the Risks of Fentanyl Withdrawal?

Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid that’s prescribed to treat pain, but dependence and the risks of Fentanyl withdrawal underscore the drug’s dangerous history. Fentanyl is highly addictive. Thousands of people have developed a dependence on Fentanyl, and this drug has also been involved in more than half of all overdose deaths, according to the National Center for Drug Abuse Statistics. A person can become addicted to Fentanyl if they are using the drug recreationally and even if prescribed the drug for a legitimate health condition. The longer a person remains on Fentanyl, the higher the risk of dependence.

Fentanyl dependence and addiction can erode a person’s mental and physical health. Plus, the risk of overdose is ever-present. Trying to stop using Fentanyl can be extremely difficult as this particular opioid is a hundred times more potent than morphine. Withdrawal from Fentanyl can pose risks that users should be aware of. It’s important to seek medical care when undergoing withdrawal from a powerful drug like Fentanyl. Resurgence features a medical rehab setting where people can get 24-hour support during the detox process. 

Medical detox is the process by which a person overcomes their dependence on an addictive substance. Resurgence features clinically supervised detox where clients can get professional support throughout the detox process. Our clinicians can treat Fentanyl withdrawal symptoms with medications and other therapies designed to eliminate or reduce discomfort. By treating Fentanyl withdrawal symptoms, we’re typically able to ward off any health complications that severe withdrawal symptoms might otherwise trigger. 

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Unraveling the Opioid Crisis: A Brief History of Fentanyl

Fentanyl was synthesized in 1960 and has since become a staple in the pantheon of pain-relieving narcotics. Owing to its potency, Fentanyl is highly effective for treating severe pain in association with injuries, surgeries, or various health conditions. Ideal for short-term use, Fentanyl is less ideal for long-term use because of the risk of dependency and abuse. Beginning in the 1980s, illicit Fentanyl production began to fuel Fentanyl abuse and addiction. 

The prescription drug epidemic of the 2000s saw a tremendous increase in Fentanyl abuse. The ease of obtaining prescription opioids helped fuel the epidemic. The recent crackdown on opioid prescriptions and difficulty obtaining the drug on the street has left some struggling with Fentanyl withdrawal. Because prescription opioids are harder to obtain, many users have turned to heroin, which has caused an upturn in heroin addiction and overdose rates. 

On the street, some people unwittingly buy black-market drugs laced with Fentanyl. Fentanyl can increase the drug’s effects and, of course, cause its effects. Mixing Fentanyl with any other drug or alcohol can be a deadly cocktail as overdose rates affirm. If you are addicted to Fentanyl, the best place for you to be is rehab at Resurgence Behavioral Health. We can help you manage your Fentanyl addiction and transform your life for the better. 

Recognizing the Early Signs of Withdrawal

Fentanyl withdrawal symptoms can begin mildly but quickly progress to severe. Once a person becomes physically dependent on Fentanyl, they can suffer withdrawal symptoms if they don’t use Fentanyl within a certain time. The body ‘need’ for Fentanyl triggers early withdrawal symptoms such as:

  • Headache
  • Agitation and anxiety
  • Mood changes
  • Insomnia
  • Runny nose
  • Sweating and chills
  • Restlessness

These symptoms may give way to more serious withdrawal symptoms. Recognizing the early signs of Fentanyl withdrawal is important because it’s at this point that individuals should seek medical care to prevent symptoms from worsening–or to obtain quick support if/when symptoms do get worse. 

Comprehensive Overview of Fentanyl Withdrawal Symptoms

Withdrawing from a powerful drug like Fentanyl typically triggers mental, physical, and behavioral signs and symptoms. Fentanyl withdrawal can be difficult to downright debilitating. Generally, opioid withdrawal symptoms involve flu-like symptoms. When it comes to Fentanyl withdrawal symptoms, users might expect the following:

  • Sleep disturbance/insomnia
  • Muscle pain
  • Bone pain
  • Sweating and chills
  • Goosebumps
  • Mood changes
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dehydration
  • Fatigue
  • Headache/body aches
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Anxiety
  • Powerful cravings to use the drug

These symptoms can be extremely challenging to cope with. At Resurgence, our clinicians provide treatments such as medications to reduce or eliminate symptoms. Fentanyl withdrawal typically lasts for about a week with symptoms peaking between 24 and 72 hours from the last use.

It’s crucial to seek medical care for Fentanyl withdrawal. Severe symptoms can trigger health emergencies like irregular heartbeat, seizures, and suicidal thoughts. At Resurgence, we offer 24-hour supervision and monitoring to keep clients safe and as comfortable as possible. Symptoms do subside. As they do, clients can enjoy our amenities or simply relax in our peaceful environment as their minds and bodies begin their recovery process. 

The Medical Challenges of Fentanyl Detox 

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During Fentanyl detox, clients may experience a few or several of the symptoms listed above. It’s not always easy to eliminate Fentanyl withdrawal symptoms, but treatment can reduce their severity. Clinicians will evaluate each client’s mental and physical health to provide individualized detox care. Usually, clients require dehydration-prevention measures, electrolyte balance, and anti-nausea medications during the detox process. 

Severe symptoms may be more difficult to treat. Heart irregularities and suicidal thoughts, for instance, require immediate medical care from a specialist to manage effectively. Clients can rely on the experienced clinicians of Resurgence for empathetic support. Detox may not be pleasant, but it is a major step in the early recovery process. Once complete, clients can begin the next phase of their Fentanyl addiction treatment. 

Effective Detox and Withdrawal Treatment for Fentanyl Users

Fentanyl users can enroll at WhiteSands for our medical detox and Fentanyl withdrawal treatment. Our rehab offers a safe, welcoming setting designed for rest and recovery. Our advanced medical detox centers are staffed by licensed clinicians who are addiction specialists. We rely on best treatment practices to ensure our clients’ comfort and well-being. 

At Resurgence, we treat each client with dignity and respect. As an accredited treatment facility, we accept a wide range of medical insurance plans. Our treatments include evidence-based therapies, medication-assisted treatment, dual diagnosis treatment, and holistic therapies. Fentanyl users can begin their recovery journey with our comprehensive support that begins with our clinically supervised detox. Clients who do not require detox may begin the next phase in the recovery treatment plan. 

Medical detox does not cure Fentanyl addiction; it simply resolves the physical dependence on the drug. Substance addiction is a chronic relapsing condition. Relapse is a common feature of addiction, but at Resurgence, our therapies have a strong relapse prevention component. We help clients develop strategies for getting off Fentanyl and staying off the drug. 

Why Choose Resurgence for Fentanyl Detox and Recovery

Choose Resurgence for our leading addiction treatment programs. If you are trying to get off Fentanyl, our medical detox center can help. Remember that substance use disorders generally worsen when left untreated. Overdose is always a risk. 

Put an end to your Fentanyl dependence with medical detox and opioid addiction treatment at Resurgence. With our individualized treatment plans and evidence-based therapies, we can help you build a strong recovery foundation. Our holistic therapies can help you develop strategies for managing your addiction long-term. 

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Josh Chandler
Josh Chandler
After growing up in Chicago and North Carolina, Josh chose to get help with substance use disorder and mental health in California because of the state's reputation for top-tier treatment. There, he found the treatment he needed to achieve more than five years of recovery. He's been in the drug and alcohol addiction rehab industry for four years and now serves as the Director of Admissions for Resurgence Behavioral Health. Josh remains passionate about the field because he understands that one phone call can alter the course of a person's life.


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