Fentanyl Detox Program
What Is Fentanyl?
Fentanyl is a type of manmade (synthetic) opioid prescription drug that was developed to help people who suffer from debilitating pain. It is most frequently prescribed for terminally ill patients, burn victims, and other medical conditions that cause extreme pain. In some cases, it is prescribed for chronic pain that cannot be managed with other medications. Fentanyl is also produced illegally in China and Mexico to be sold on the street. The opioid crisis that began in 2007 increased significantly in 2013 when illegal Fentanyl became a popular drug to cut heroin for the sole purpose of creating a stronger product that was cheaper.
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Fentanyl Addiction Explained
For people who have become addicted to Fentanyl, their bodies require Fentanyl or drugs cut with Fentanyl to function. Like other opiate drugs, Fentanyl will cause a person to experience physical withdrawal symptoms that are extremely difficult to tolerate. Fentanyl addicts will lose interest in regular activities, neglect responsibilities, borrow or steal money to sustain their habit, lose jobs and disengage from family or friends, and eventually commit crimes and face legal consequences as a result of their addiction. Unfortunately, because Fentanyl is such a powerful and addictive drug, the signs that someone is addicted to Fentanyl will not be hard to discern.
Fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. The strength of Fentanyl causes accidental overdoses to easily occur, especially for addicts who are buying drugs on the street. Addicts have no idea how much Fentanyl could be mixed with the drugs they are buying. The most common Fentanyl drug mixture is powder heroin and Fentanyl. Other opiate drugs like oxycodone capsules are also cut with Fentanyl as well as cocaine and benzodiazepines. Generally, it can be found in most types of street drugs in recent years.
Harvard Health Publishing from Harvard Medical School discusses how insidious the mixing of Fentanyl with other drugs has become and how dangerous Fentanyl makes life for drug addicts.
The potency of Fentanyl means that it is profitable for dealers as well as dangerous for those who use it, intentionally or unintentionally. Increasingly heroin is being mixed with Fentanyl, so someone who uses what they think is heroin may be getting a mixture with — or even pure — Fentanyl. More recently, pills made to look like the painkiller oxycodone or the anxiety medication Xanax are Fentanyl. This deception is proving fatal. While many people don’t know they are getting Fentanyl, others might, unfortunately, seek it out as part of the way the brain disease of addiction manifests itself into compulsively seeking the next powerful high. (Harvard Health Publishing)
Fentanyl Withdrawal Symptoms
Since Fentanyl causes a physical addiction, the symptoms that occur when a person cannot continue to ingest Fentanyl are severe and dangerous. The potential of an accidental overdose is exceptionally high with Fentanyl addiction in general. Still, it is especially hazardous when a person begins to detox from Fentanyl. Once a person starts to feel withdrawal symptoms, neurochemistry starts to recover rapidly. Although this may indicate that the drugs are being expelled from their system, the danger is that their body’s physiological system also resets itself. This means that their tolerance to the drug goes down.
A person’s tolerance to opiate drug strengths and amounts increases quickly with Fentanyl; at the same time also decreases quickly. Therefore, when a Fentanyl addict stops their intake of Fentanyl, their body’s ability to process the drug is minimized. Many addicts mistakenly assume that they can ingest the same amount of Fentanyl that they usually use, and this causes an accidental and often fatal overdose to occur. The Fentanyl detox symptoms that Fentanyl addiction causes include:
Our Fentanyl Detox Program
To help Fentanyl addicts get clean from Fentanyl or other opiates cut with Fentanyl, they must be admitted into an opiate detox program that specializes in Fentanyl addiction. Fentanyl, like other potent opiates, requires that a person be prescribed safe medications to help them tolerate the physical, emotional and mental withdrawal symptoms. Our medically supervised detox program provides medications that minimize and reverse Fentanyl withdrawal symptoms. The medications we prescribe for Fentanyl detoxification include buprenorphine, methadone, anti-anxiety medications, and other prescription drugs to reduce insomnia and flu-like symptoms.
Evoke Florida fentanyl detox center is overseen by medical doctors who specialize in opiate and Fentanyl addiction. Each client is carefully monitored around the clock. Our professional detox staff members also include psychiatrists, substance abuse counselors, and mental health therapists who assess the clients regularly. Our clinical team in the detox unit has years of experience helping addicts detox from opiates and continue into recovery. Part of the detoxification program is introducing and encouraging the clients to remain for a Fentanyl addiction treatment program.
Our Florida fentanyl detox works directly with our treatment center as a whole to provide a comprehensive approach to overcoming fentanyl dependency. Ideally, all detox clients are admitted into a drug treatment program after they complete detox. The types of programs we offer for Fentanyl addiction include inpatient, intensive outpatient, outpatient, and sober living. The first step towards freedom from Fentanyl addiction is to detox. The next step is to complete a drug treatment program that is specific to the addiction. Our opiate addiction treatment programs continue to hold outstanding success rates in helping Fentanyl, heroin and other opiate drug addicts get and remain clean for good.