Fentanyl, a narcotic, delivers immediate and powerful — if short-lived — pain relief and is most often prescribed for “breath-through pain,” pain which other narcotic medications cannot control, for example, after a surgery. Fentanyl, when used according to your doctor’s direction, has legitimate medical benefits, but because of its intense, euphoric effects, many will try to abuse it for the intense high it produces.
Since you can take the drug in many forms — including patches, lozenges, “lollipops,” pills, and injections — and since the difference between a medically useful dose and a lethal dose is so small, the chance that you will overdose from fentanyl use is perhaps higher than with any other drug.
Recent studies illustrate this phenomenon. In the last five years, deaths from synthetic opioids have doubled twice, and deaths from overdose have taken more than 30,000 lives. A medically-supervised detox is your only guarantee of successfully and safely ending your fentanyl addiction.
Fentanyl Use’s Short-term Effects
Fentanyl use can quickly produce many negative side-effects ranging from uncomfortable to dangerous. These side-effects include:
- stiff muscles
- lightheadedness and/or dizziness
- motor skill impairment
- constricted pupils
- nausea and vomiting
- breathing difficulty
- slowed heart-rate
- slurring of speech
- losing weight
Fentanyl Abuse and Addiction’s Long-term Effects
Long-term use of fentanyl produces many more serious side-effects, many of which can be life-threatening if you continue to abuse the drug. Long-term effects include:
- breathing difficulty
- major gastrointestinal problems
- compromised immune system
- avoidance of social situations
- personality changes
Fentanyl Withdrawal Symptoms
Withdrawal from fentanyl, like withdrawal from many other similar narcotics, can have devastating effects on our physical and emotional well-being. These effects include:
- abdominal pain
- appetite loss
- joint and muscle pain
- shaking and tremors
Why Fentanyl Detox Requires Medical Supervision
Opioids present extreme threats to your health. Besides being a highly addictive class of drugs, the drug affects every major system of your body, and if used long-term, it can have permanently damaging effects. Further, withdrawal from fentanyl on your own can be extremely risky if not impossible. The greatest risk of trying to detox on your own is relapse. Relapse is dangerous for two main reasons. Relapse often means you will take higher dosages of the drug to compensate for symptoms of your failed detox, and it also significantly increases your likelihood of accidental overdose and death.
A medically-supervised detox answers all of these problems. 24×7 medical supervision ensures your physical safety while you separate from the drug treats symptoms you will likely have with medications to decrease pain and increase comfort and accounts for unexpected problems. When you complete your detox, you will have a significantly decreased risk of relapse, and you will increase the effectiveness of your subsequent treatments. Compassionate medical care further increases your odds. Addiction is not a medical but a human problem. You will never feel like just a patient at The Serenity Recovery Center. You will feel like a human being who deserves a second chance, and most likely you will complete your treatment.
How an Integrated Detox Solution Can Help You Break Free From Fentanyl
Why do you use it? Most likely, you don’t have a single reason. Like you, The Serenity Recovery Center understands that many factors have contributed to your addiction — some you can control, like your social circle, and some you can’t, like your genes. Further, your reasons for using fentanyl or any other drug may differ dramatically from others using the same drug. A one-size-fits-all approach to addiction, as you can imagine, is not going to work for the majority of people who suffer from drug use.
The Serenity Recovery Center offers a holistic, compassionate, and integrated approach to recovery. From intake through discharge, we want to understand why you use it, so we can help you get better, and we want to uncover all the factors, so we can help you deal with each one. Understanding these factors means that together we can identify solutions that will work for you and help you practice them before you leave us. When you leave, you will have greater confidence than ever that you can stay sober.
A holistic approach gives you the greatest chance at a long-lasting recovery because it treats all aspects of your addiction and helps you restore one of the key features you will rely on for years to come — self-compassion. Beating addiction is hard, but you can do it, and you deserve it.