Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid pain reliever that is up to 100 times more powerful than morphine. Fentanyl was designed to treat severe pain following surgeries, cancer treatment, or when a patient with chronic pain has developed a tolerance to other opioids.
Like other opioids, fentanyl activates receptors on cells throughout the body to block pain signals and release large amounts of dopamine, the body’s natural “feel good” chemical. Fentanyl has the potential to become highly addictive, especially when improperly used, which it often is.
Fentanyl abuse and addiction are serious issues affecting millions of Americans. At Harmony Hills, we are committed to helping combat the opioid crisis by offering a full continuum of care to those suffering from substance use disorders like fentanyl addiction. Call us today at 855.494.0357 to learn how we can help you or your loved one take the first step toward recovery in a drug addiction treatment program.
What Happens During Fentanyl Withdrawal?
Often, fentanyl abuse and addiction begin when prescribed to manage pain following major surgery or injury. When this happens, it can be difficult to recognize until it is too late to stop using fentanyl without a medically supervised detox.
Other times, fentanyl addiction stems from misuse of the drug in an illegal form. Illegally manufactured fentanyl is especially dangerous because the way it is made is not regulated. In recent years, it has become common for fentanyl to be mixed with other drugs like heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and MDMA because it increases these drugs’ euphoric effects. When fentanyl is mixed with other drugs, the risk for overdose is significantly increased.
During addiction, the body goes through physical changes to adapt to the presence of the addictive substance, becoming dependent upon it. When that substance is then removed, the body needs to adapt to this, which causes withdrawal symptoms. Like addiction itself, withdrawal is different for everyone. Some common symptoms of fentanyl withdrawal are:
- Muscle and bone pain
- Sleep issues
- Elevated heart rate and blood pressure
- Increased respiration
- Diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal cramps
- Severe cravings
- Uncontrollable leg movement and joint pain
Withdrawal symptoms can begin within a few hours of not using fentanyl. Most symptoms peak in the first few days and level off in a week or so. Longer-term symptoms can include depression as dopamine levels return to normal, which often leads to higher cravings. Don’t let the fear of withdrawal symptoms stop you from seeking a way out. Call Harmony Hills today at 855.494.0357.
Medical Detox is the First Step in Substance Abuse Treatment
Fear of withdrawal symptoms is often cited as the main reason those suffering from fentanyl addiction avoid seeking treatment. At Harmony Hills, we understand this, and that is why we offer the very best amenities in our medically-assisted detox programs. In addition to compassionate care from an experienced and highly trained treatment team, you can expect your detox experience to include:
- Full assessment to determine your individual needs
- 24-hour care with minute-to-minute customizations
- Privacy and discretion
- Medical and clinical support
- Personalized plan for post-detox treatment
The reality is that detox from fentanyl will not be without discomfort, so it is important to keep in mind that your symptoms will subside. Once you have conquered the physical dependency, you will be ready to begin focusing on your long-term recovery. Along with evidenced-based substance abuse treatment programs and proven therapeutic methods, Harmony Hills offers a variety of amenities to enhance your recovery, including:
- Basketball courts
- Walking Trails
- Yoga and meditation
- High-quality nutrition
Drug addiction treatment programs that attempt a one-size-fits-all approach to recovery are ineffective. At Harmony Hills, we take the time to learn about each of our clients and their recovery goals to develop the most effective treatment plan possible. Call us today at 855.494.0357 to learn more about how we can help you or your loved one start treatment for fentanyl withdrawal.
Find the Drug Rehab Center You Need with Harmony Hills
When you decide to enter a drug rehab center, the many options can make it feel like an overwhelming task, but there is help. Harmony Hills’ experienced staff will guide you to the best and most appropriate treatment options to suit your needs.
Contact Harmony Hills today by calling 855.494.0357 to learn about our facilities and our substance use disorder and mental health treatment programs. One call is all it takes to start on the path to a healthier you.