The opioid crisis is alive and well. Whether prescription painkillers, heroin, fentanyl, or other opioids, these drugs are dangerous and cost lives. Fentanyl is one of the most potent opioids. 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine, fentanyl is synthetic, meaning it is created in a lab. In addition, drug manufacturers often lace other drugs with fentanyl, which can quickly lead to addiction and easily result in overdose. If you or someone you know is addicted to fentanyl, an opioid detox program is the first step towards recovery and health.
Pennsylvania Adult & Teen Challenge (PAATC) has a fentanyl addiction recovery center where you can get the support and professional help you need. Find out more about how we can help by reaching out today using our online form or calling 844.442.8673.
Signs of Fentanyl Addiction
Fentanyl addiction can happen suddenly, without much warning, because of its concentration. Though doctors may use it in medical settings for extreme pain, most people encounter it because it hides in another drug they use. Because it is so addictive, dealers use it to keep their customers coming back for more.
- Psychological, physical, and behavioral symptoms of fentanyl abuse and addiction are similar to other opioids and may include:
- Inability to meet school and work responsibilities
- Withdrawal from friends and family
- Poor hygiene
- Suicidal thoughts
- Poor judgment
- Impaired memory
- Apathy and lethargy
You can also look for the paraphernalia of opioid use, such as foil, spoons, and needles, as well as long sleeve shirts in all seasons, worn to hide track marks. Any of these signs are red flags and could mean that fentanyl treatment is in order.
Fentanyl Withdrawal Symptoms
When someone withholds the drug or cannot access it, signs of withdrawal will occur within 12 to 30 hours and can last up to a week. The most common symptoms are likely to be severe if you withdraw on your own. However, doctors can mitigate these symptoms when you are under their professional care at a detox center. The signs of withdrawal from fentanyl include:
- Fever, chills, and sweating
- Joint and muscle pain
- Muscle spasms
- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
- Anxiety and paranoia
- Sleep disturbances
Another side effect of withdrawal from fentanyl is a high risk of relapse. It is not uncommon for those with fentanyl addiction to return to the drug to stop the discomfort of withdrawal and the overwhelming cravings. It is possible to avoid this risk in an opioid detox program because there is no drug at hand.
Begin Your Treatment at PAATC
It can be dangerous to stop using fentanyl without warning. It is often best to gradually taper off the drug under medical supervision in a professional opioid detox treatment center. When you undergo withdrawal under the care of a medical team, you will follow a process that will include the following:
- Medical providers will assess you for physical and mental health issues by thoroughly evaluating your drug, psychiatric, and medical history.
- Stabilization through medication reduces your symptoms and avoids complications.
- Support from the rehab facility providers will include round-the-clock help with the physical, emotional, and psychological side effects of withdrawing from fentanyl.
- Treatment planning happens near the end of the detox. This is when your treatment team determines the best process for you as you step into the rest of your treatment.
At PAATC, we see countless individuals every year who successfully complete detox, enter rehab, and go on to live sober lives filled with purpose and meaning. Do you have questions or want to talk over options with a professional? Reach out today to learn about our many evidence-based fentanyl treatments. Call 844.442.8673 or complete our online form, and someone will contact you.