Fentanyl Addiction

Fentanyl is a potent prescription narcotic that is between 50 and 100 times more potent than morphine. Medically, fentanyl is used to treat severe pain. It is always prescribed as a short-term treatment because it can be so habit-forming. When used other than as prescribed, fentanyl is extremely dangerous based on its potency and potential for abuse. Individuals who develop fentanyl dependence disorders are at constant risk of overdose – taking slightly more than the body can handle is often lethal.

Because it takes such a small amount of fentanyl for the user to experience a high, drug dealers will use the drug to cut other substances like heroin, MDMA and cocaine. Heroin is commonly cut with fentanyl – of course, the drug dealer will rarely let the buyer know that the drug they’re purchasing is impure. For this reason, those who are struggling with heroin addiction often unwittingly develop a fentanyl dependence as well. The drug is also responsible for thousands of opiate-related overdose deaths on an annual basis. Because of its potency, it is also common for those who were prescribed fentanyl by a medical professional to develop a dependence, even when the drug has been taken as prescribed.

The signs and symptoms of fentanyl addiction include:

  • Unexplained mood swings; bouts of depression and aggression.
  • Rapid heartbeat.
  • Anxiety.
  • Disillusionment and/or hallucinations.
  • Compromised balance.
  • Disruptions to normal sleep patterns.
  • Increased tolerance.
  • Abnormal drug seeking behaviors, such as tearing open a fentanyl patch and consuming the beads inside in order to experience a more intense high.
  • Attempting to acquire the drug from those who have a prescription.
  • Attempting to acquire the drug through the manipulation of doctors and other medical professionals.
  • Feelings of anxiety and panic when fentanyl is not readily available.
  • A persistent desire to cut down on fentanyl intake coupled by an inability to do so.
  • The user continues to seek and abuse fentanyl despite an accumulating amount of personal problems and consequences.
  • If fentanyl becomes unavailable, the user will begin to experience symptoms of withdrawal.
  • A host of unusual physical symptoms including dizziness, difficulty urinating, blurred vision, dark or black stool, the feeling of a tight chest, pallid skin, a pounding in the ears, muscle pain and tension, stomach cramping, fatigue and numbness of the hands or feet.

When the body is exposed to any chemical substance in significant amounts it begins to make adjustments. Because the body becomes used to a daily dose of fentanyl, attempting to quit the drug suddenly and without assistance can be extremely dangerous. For this reason, medically monitored fentanyl detox is absolutely essential.

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In order for fentanyl addiction to be successfully overcome a medical fentanyl detox is a necessary first step. At Princeton Detox & Recovery Center, we understand how difficult seeking professional help for fentanyl addiction can be. Because the drug is so potent and addictive, quitting might seem like an impossibility – the cravings will be extremely intense and the pain of withdrawal might seem like too much to overcome. Our team of experienced professionals is dedicated to making the detox process as painless as possible, and helping all of our patients get started on the necessary road to addiction recovery.

Fentanyl Detox Services

At Princeton Detox & Recovery Center, we are dedicated to helping those who have developed fentanyl abuse disorders withdraw in a safe and supportive environment. Because fentanyl is such a powerful drug, withdrawing alone or attempting to do so at home (or under the supervision of an inexperienced friend or family member) can be extremely dangerous. Quitting cold turkey can result in serious health complications, from respiratory depression to coma and stroke. If you have been struggling with a fentanyl abuse disorder and need help quitting, we have extensive experience treating the symptoms of fentanyl withdrawal – which are similar to the symptoms of any opioid, but even more intense based on the potency. These symptoms might include (but are not limited to):

  • Profuse sweating.
  • Fever and hot and cold flashes.
  • Body aches and muscle stiffness.
  • Gastrointestinal issues, like nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
  • Insomnia and interrupted sleep patterns.
  • Runny nose.
  • Watery eyes.
  • In inability to stay alert; nodding off.

When fentanyl withdrawal is overseen by a team of medical professionals and symptoms are treated as they occur, the detox process is not generally life-threatening. It is our job and priority to make the overall withdrawal period as comfortable and efficient as possible. In most cases those who are withdrawing from fentanyl will experience several days of acute symptoms followed by a short period of general discomfort. We make sure the acute symptoms are properly managed and never life-threatening, and ensure that post-acute withdrawal symptoms are reduced – allowing for a quick transition to inpatient treatment.

Fentanyl Addiction Recovery

Fentanyl addiction recovery is a multi-step process – one that doesn’t simply consist of medically monitored detox. While fentanyl detox is a crucial first step, it must be followed by inpatient treatment and a comprehensive program of aftercare in order to be effective long-term. Princeton Detox & Recovery Center is dedicated to getting our patients started on the road to recovery – but we certainly don’t stop there. Once a patient has been physically stabilized and medically cleared we will work closely with them to determine which inpatient treatment option would be the best fit. We then help them immediately transfer to an inpatient treatment center – transitioning from detox straight to inpatient rehab has been shown to reduce the risk of relapse significantly. Once rehab is complete we work with the resident in transitioning to a sober living facility. Princeton Detox is a medical detox facility, but it is also the very first step on the lifelong journey of recovery – and we are dedicated to offering continuous support every single step of the way.

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