Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid. Fentanyl a medication that is frequently prescribed by medical professionals to help treat patients suffering from chronic pain (i.e. individuals who experience pain caused by cancer). It is incredibly strong and has highly addictive qualities. Fentanyl works by affecting one’s neurotransmitters in the brain. The drug creates excess dopamine in one’s system, which gives off a feeling of extreme pleasure or euphoria. Though it is used within the medical field in America and is approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) as a legal substance, it is also obtained illegally and often abused by individuals.
The detox process for fentanyl is similar to many other opioid detox processes. Though detoxing from fentanyl is not considered to be life threatening, the withdrawal symptoms that can accompany the process can be grueling. It is, therefore, helpful for an individual to seek professional help when attempting to detox from fentanyl. A medically supervised detox facility will offer twenty-four-hour supervision and care throughout the entirety of one’s detox process. The staff is there to help an individual go through the process in the most comfortable way possible. If, however, a person chooses to go through detox outside of a proper detox facility, it can be greatly beneficial to have some form of support throughout the duration of one’s detox process. As previously stated, the withdrawal symptoms can be extremely uncomfortable, and the presence of another individual can help to ensure one’s safety and help to manage one’s discomforts.
- IMS (Incidental Medical Services)
- Full Physical Examination
- All labs including blood & urine tests
- Medical Director/Physician
- Registered Nurse (RN)
- EMT’s (Emergency Medical Technicians)
- CNA’s (Certified Nurse’s Aid)
- Detox Technicians
- Substance Use Disorder Counselors
- Healthy snack & drinks
- TVs in the bedrooms
- Healthy meals prepared by chef
- Smoking area provided outdoors
Withdrawing from fentanyl can be extremely unpleasant. Some examples of withdrawal symptoms an individual going through fentanyl detox may experience include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Body aches and pains
- Runny nose
- Enlarged pupils
- Watery eyes
- Difficulty with sleep
When an individual has abused fentanyl, his or her brain and body has become accustomed to operating with the presence of the drug. When it is removed from one’s system, the individual’s body will respond by functioning in a less than optimal manner. The withdrawal symptoms experienced by each individual will vary.
Individuals who are addicted to or abuse fentanyl and successfully complete a detox program should continue treatment by participating in a proper substance abuse and addiction treatment program. Continued care when it comes to substance abuse and addiction recovery is essential. Though detox may feel as though it is the most challenging component of one’s recovery, treatment for substance abuse is a lifelong process.
The more traditional options in regards to substance abuse and addiction treatment programs include inpatient programs and outpatient programs. The duration of inpatient programs will vary, ranging from two weeks to six months. Every inpatient treatment program will have differing schedules and offer nuanced support. For individuals who suffer from a dual diagnosis, it is imperative to seek a program that is equipped to treat both mental health disorders as well as addiction. One of the benefits of an inpatient substance abuse treatment program is that due to the fact that the individual must reside at the facility, it reduces the possible triggers and outside influences that can be challenging for a person in recovery. Another option is for an individual to attend an outpatient substance abuse program. These programs are helpful for people that prefer to reside in the comfort of their own home, while still attending a substance abuse treatment program. The program will require that the individual attend treatment for a certain number of hours, daily, for a predetermined length of time (typically ranging from two weeks to three months).
After an individual completes his or her detox process and treatment program, there is more support available to help in maintaining one’s sobriety. If a person, for example, opted for an inpatient treatment program, there are sober living facilities that he or she can move to upon completion of the program. There are always support groups available to those who may benefit, such as AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) or NA (Narcotics Anonymous). These support groups can be incredibly helpful in maintaining one’s sobriety, and an individual can participate in them throughout his or her entire life.
If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please seriously consider getting help as soon as possible. Addiction can be an incredibly damaging disease and the sooner help is received, the better. For further information on substance abuse or addiction, feel free to reach out to us at: https://www.victorias-house.com/contact-us/ or 1-800-210-1216. You are also more than welcome to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are happy to answer any questions and provide any information you may be looking for regarding substance abuse and addiction.
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If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please seriously consider getting help as soon as possible. Addiction can be an incredibly damaging disease and the sooner help is received, the better. For further information on substance abuse or addiction, feel free to reach out to us. We are happy to answer any questions and provide any information you may be looking for regarding substance abuse and addition.