Like other opioids, fentanyl is highly addictive. When someone uses fentanyl, their body quickly develops a dependency for the drug, resulting in the user taking larger dose to achieve the same level of “high”. This is the beginning of a vicious cycle. It’s nothing that any user of the substance thought of preemptively, it’s simply the outcome of using a powerful drug without fully understanding the possible outcome. Therefore, education and keeping lines of communication open are imperative to the prevention and cessation of using fentanyl. Effects of fentanyl addiction include:

• Extreme happiness
• Drowsiness
• Nausea
• Confusion
• Constipation
• Sedation
• Problems breathing
• Unconsciousness

A person that develops a dependency for fentanyl by continually increasing doses in order to achieve the same level of “high” is considered addicted to the drug. Addiction, especially when it comes to synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, is extremely difficult to treat as patients will experience symptoms of withdrawal in order to discontinue the cycle of drug abuse. Patients can experience these symptoms as soon as few hours after using fentanyl depending on the amount of time they’ve been using, the frequency and dosage amount and the weight of the individual. Signs of fentanyl withdrawal include:

Side effects of fentanyl addiction include muscle and bone pain, difficulty sleeping and severe cravings.
Side effects of fentanyl addiction include muscle and bone pain, difficulty sleeping and severe cravings.

• Muscle and bone pain
• Sleep problems
• Diarrhea and vomiting
• Cold flashes with goose bumps
• Uncontrollable leg movements
• Severe cravings

Due to the high risk of overdose, coupled with the high probability of withdrawal symptoms upon cessation, it’s in a person’s best interest to seek detox treatment at a licensed substance abuse treatment facility. Attempting to detox from fentanyl, and other opioids, from home puts the user in imminent danger. Complications resulting from discontinuing any drug are greatly reduced, if not eliminated, when performed in the safety and supervision of a licensed medical professional. In the event a patient experiences any discomfort from withdrawals during the detoxification process, the highly-skilled substance abuse treatment professionals at Harmony Ridge Recovery Center will quickly determine the appropriate actions to take to alleviate any temporary pain or discomfort the patient is experiencing – something that cannot be done if the patient is at home.

Treatment for Fentanyl addiction

Fentanyl addiction requires the highest level of care.

Treatment for fentanyl addiction is shown to be effective when the drug rehabilitation plan involves medication and behavioral therapies. By using certain medications to help prevent seizures and to comfort patients for a few days, we consistently exceed industry detoxification success rates. Behavioral therapies are designed to help patients cope with the psychological effects of discontinuing fentanyl abuse. During this time, patients are encouraged to adopt healthy habits to living such as diet, exercise and environment. It’s important to understand that when a patient has successfully detoxed, this is a very vulnerable time for the person. Behavioral therapy is designed to assist a person acclimate back into his/her normal routine, minus the drugs. It sounds straightforward, yet this treatment is essential in the recovery process, and is highly effective in reducing the chances of relapse.

Fentanyl addiction not only affects the user, it affects everyone close to the user.
Fentanyl addiction not only affects the user, it affects everyone close to the user.

From the moment you or your loved one calls Harmony Ridge Recovery Center, your health and well-being is our top priority. Our nationally recognized substance abuse treatment center provides a safe, quiet and relaxing environment to promote the healing of the entire patient – mind, body and soul. We are not the standard hospital-like facility offering cookie-cutter solutions for drug and alcohol addictions. Instead we treat each person on an individualized basis. Taking the extra time to learn about each person’s specific story plays a large role in our success in helping people overcome addiction. A customized fentanyl addiction treatment plan designed specifically for you or your loved one’s needs will greatly increase his/her chances of living a life free from the restrictions of drug addiction and sustaining long-term recovery.

Customized treatment plans for patients suffering from fentanyl addiction.
Customized treatment plans for patients suffering from fentanyl addiction.

Our licensed and insured medical team is onsite 24/7. Patients always have access to speak with a licensed medical professional on an individual basis. Additionally, we encourage patients to interact with one another through group therapy sessions and other recreational activities. We foster a warm and welcoming environment designed for those wanting help; receiving it in a way that will make a life-long impression. Patients enjoy numerous amenities to help put them at ease and focus completely on themselves during the recovery process. Situated in a beautiful nature setting sprawling with wildlife, patients enjoy our highly structured programs designed to help them overcome obstacles and triggers that have fueled their addiction. Residential and partial hospitalization treatment programs include combinations of group and individual therapy, counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy and relapse prevention. For more information about the services offered by Harmony Ridge Recovery Center, don’t hesitate to call us anytime 24/7 at 888-771-8372. Our goal is to alleviate and end the suffering caused by the disease of addiction.

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