It seems that every few years, the collective drug using community in America finds a new drug of choice. Unfortunately, each new generation of drugs seems to come with more danger. That would certainly be the case with fentanyl. In case you don’t know, fentanyl is an opiate painkiller. For medical purposes, it is often used as a painkiller for large animals (think horses and elephants) while they recover from surgery.
For humans, fentanyl is nothing more than a menace. The fact is the drug is 10 times more potent than street heroin. In the wrong hands and if misused, fentanyl can be a killer. Unfortunately, that is exactly what this drug has become. As drug cartels continue to smuggle massive amounts of fentanyl into the U.S., people are dying of overdoses. They are dying of overdoses because they have no way of knowing how to measure their fentanyl abuse against any other drug they might be abusing. How bad is the problem?
Experts estimate that as many as 150,000 unfortunate drug users will die of a fentanyl overdose in 2021. They further estimate that this number will continue going up until law enforcement can get smugglers under control If by chance you have become addicted to fentanyl, we want to sound the alert. You are putting your life at risk. This drug is a killer, and it does not discriminate. It will kill anyone who misuses the drug in any way. Before you allow things to go too far, we hope you will reach out for help.
Is Rehab Available For Fentanyl Addiction?
If there is any good news associated with fentanyl abuse, it would be this: pretty much every reputable rehab facility has the capacity to treat a significant fentanyl addiction problem. Yes, our rehab facility does treat fentanyl addictions. The treatment process would be the same as we would employ for a heroin or prescription painkiller addiction sufferer. The fact is the treatment of opiate addictions pretty much requires the same treatment process. It almost always starts with a detox program. Since fentanyl is so highly addictive, it’s not a drug that people can easily walk away from.
A medically monitored detox program will always be the safest way for you to detox off fentanyl. Getting this level of help is vital because of the dangers associated with fentanyl withdrawal. We are talking about dangerous withdrawal symptoms like:
- Profuse sweating, nausea, and vomiting
- Difficulty with breathing
- A rapid increase in blood pressure and heart rate
- A loss in the ability to concentrate and control one’s motor functions
- Severe cramping in the stomach area
- Hallucinations and bad nightmares if able to sleep at all
- Body convulsions and tremors that often occur in the extremities
- Onset of depression and anxiery
Based on what you see on this list, do you really want to try to detox without help? A good detox program will keep you safe while you go through the detox process. If you should encounter any troubling discomfort, a medical professional would be standing by to intervene with prescription medications. Once you get the fentanyl out of your system, you then need to figure out why you would be willing to harm yourself with drugs. You can usually find that answer by going through a long series of therapy sessions. As long as you would be willing to be open and honest with a therapist, you can get at the root causes of your addiction issue.
If you do learn the truth about your addiction, it puts you in a position to start working on your coping skills. Your goal would be very simple. You want to develop coping skills that will help you better manage temptation and the triggers that set off your drug abuse. If you leave rehab with a stronger set of coping and life skills, you will have the ability to prevent a lifetime of chronic relapses. Here is the big question. Are you ready to seek help for your fentanyl addiction before it is too late? We hope your answer to that question is a resounding yes! If that is the case, you need to contact one of our staff members as soon as possible. You can call us 24/7 at 833-846-5669. With that initial call, we will tell you about our services and offer you a chance to come to us for treatment.