Fentanyl Addiction

What Is Fentanyl Addiction?

The National Institute on Drug Abuse states that fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid that is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. Although fentanyl is a prescription medication that can treat severe pain related to surgery, cancer treatment, and chronic pain, its highly addictive qualities can lead to fentanyl addiction.

Illegal fentanyl can be powdered, placed on blotter paper, made into pills, put into nasal sprays and eye drops, or mixed with other synthetic opioids.

Like other opioids, including morphine and heroin, fentanyl works by binding with the body’s opioid receptors, which control pain and emotions.

If you take fentanyl regularly for a couple of weeks, your brain adapts to the drug. This makes it more difficult to get pleasure from anything but the drug because fentanyl decreases the sensitivity of the opioid receptors.

Signs of fentanyl use include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Extreme happiness
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Confusion
  • Constricted pupils
  • Sleeping problems
  • Impaired memory
  • Attention problems
  • Severe cravings
  • Compulsive drug seeking

If a person is exhibiting the signs of fentanyl use, they may be at risk of overdosing. Individuals who use fentanyl regularly have a high chance of overdosing because of how powerful this synthetic opioid is and how quickly the body can build a physical dependence on it. 

Some common symptoms of fentanyl overdose are:

  • Clammy skin
  • Breathing problems
  • Bluish tint to lips and fingers
  • Disorientation
  • Slurred speech
  • Inability to talk
  • Extreme sleepiness
  • Severe dizziness
  • Unconsciousness
  • Seizures

A fentanyl overdose occurs when you take more of the drug than your body can process. It can be fatal, so getting help is vital. Anyone with signs of fentanyl addiction or other opioid use disorders should contact a treatment center like Malibu Detox to get help and find their path to recovery.

Fentanyl Addiction Treatment

At Malibu Detox, we offer various types of fentanyl addiction treatment options for those battling substance abuse.

Medical Detox

Fentanyl Detox

One of the first steps you have to take when you begin treatment for a fentanyl addiction is to undergo a detox process. Fentanyl detox can be frightening because of the potentially severe withdrawal symptoms.

Some of the withdrawal symptoms of fentanyl include:

  • Aches and pains
  • Mood swings
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Insomnia
  • Sweating
  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Intense cravings
  • Dilated pupils
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Fatigue

How severe the withdrawal symptoms of fentanyl will depend on your addiction’s intensity, your usual dosage, your health level, and other factors. It is never a good idea to attempt to undergo fentanyl detox on your own because these withdrawal symptoms have led to relapses and overdose deaths.

To help you get through this difficult process, we offer medical detox at Malibu Detox. Our experts will perform an intake assessment to see what medications will work best for your opioid use disorder, helping you manage the worst opioid withdrawal symptoms.

Our medically supervised detox keeps you comfortable and safe because you will have 24/7 monitoring and visits from physicians to ensure the medications are doing their job.

Medication-Assisted Treatment

At Malibu Detox, we also offer medication-assisted treatment throughout your stay with us. A challenge faced by people battling substance abuse during fentanyl withdrawal is dealing with severe cravings. These cravings can make it more difficult to focus on therapy and can even lead you to relapse.

By offering medications that can prevent fentanyl withdrawal symptoms and curb your cravings, you can focus on the therapies that can help you with your substance use disorder.

Residential Fentanyl Treatment

We recommend residential or inpatient treatment if you are experiencing a substance use disorder.

Engaging in residential treatment makes it possible for you to immerse yourself in the recovery process while also removing yourself from your normal environment. This can be a good option if there are environmental factors that hinder your recovery efforts.

When dealing with fentanyl addiction, inpatient treatment can also ensure that medications will mitigate the uncomfortable fentanyl withdrawal symptoms and that you can begin to understand what has led to the addiction.

We use many types of therapy modalities, including:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Dialectical behavior therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Individual therapy
  • Motivational enhancement therapy
  • Equine-assisted psychotherapy
  • Experiential therapy
  • Art therapy

During our intake assessment, we will look for any co-occurring mental health conditions that may affect your treatment. It is common for people to try to manage the symptoms of other mental health conditions using synthetic opioids like fentanyl, so treating co-occurring mental illnesses at the same time is the best course of action.

We also provide excellent group therapy sessions that can help you feel less alone with your opioid addiction. Fentanyl misuse can be highly isolating, and that isolation can lead to further substance abuse.

By being able to participate in group addiction treatment, you can hear what other people have gone through and see what the recovery process can be like.

Aftercare

Aftercare

After undergoing inpatient addiction treatment, aftercare services can help you maintain sobriety. Drug abuse is a chronic condition that requires ongoing treatment and support. At Malibu Detox, we offer aftercare services to help you achieve long-term sobriety.

We offer group therapy and access to support groups and 12-step programs. Drug abuse treatment also includes relapse prevention training, addiction education, and family therapy sessions to help your loved ones learn more about fentanyl addiction and opioid drugs.

Drug addiction aftercare at our treatment center also offers career counseling services, medication management, and continuing care planning.

Reach Out to Malibu Detox

If you struggle with opioid addictions and want to begin your recovery process, turning to a treatment center like Malibu Detox can be the right choice.

We offer medical detox to help you avoid fentanyl withdrawal symptoms, and we have inpatient treatment services that can help you get to the root cause of the problem.

Our therapists offer the best behavioral and holistic therapies that can give you the confidence you need to face your recovery process. Our medical professionals can help you deal with any physical symptoms of fentanyl withdrawal and addiction.

You don’t have to spend another day battling an addiction to opioid medications. Contact Malibu Detox today to get help with opioid use disorders

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