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Fentanyl Addiction

fentanyl-addictionFentanyl is a synthetic opiate that is medically used to treat pain management. This is usually prescribed for acute pain management after surgery and occasionally for longer uses with those suffering from chronic pain. Individuals who are prescribed the drug in order to treat ongoing chronic pain must be closely monitored by a physician. Fentanyl can leave a person feeling euphoric and those who use the drug can quickly build up a tolerance to it. This can lead an individual to increase the dosage of Fentanyl to the point where they may become physically addicted. Whether a Fentanyl addiction forms from prescribed medications or from recreational use, it is highly encouraged that individuals seek out recovery from treatment centers.

Fentanyl Dangers

Fentanyl addiction can sneak up on a person because they slowly need to keep upping their dosage to have the same effect. While this starts out as an emotional addiction, it quickly turns into a physical dependency that an individual cannot break free from. When tolerance levels rise, it causes an increase in one’s chance of overdose from Fentanyl and other similar opiates.

Once an individual is addicted to Fentanyl, they may need to turn to other sources other than the prescriptions that they originally had access to. If an addict begins to acquire drugs illegally, their participation in compromised activities and behaviors can put their life in danger. Once an individual physically needs and craves Fentanyl, they might steal money from their family, forge prescriptions, or partake in behaviors in order to gain access to the drug.

History of Fentanyl

Fentanyl can come in various forms and was originally made as a prescription drug for pain management. The prevalence of its’ euphoric feelings similar to other opiates became apparent to those who sell illegal drugs. Because of this, the drug is now sold illegally for recreational purposes.

Fentanyl can be administered by a patch, injection, or swallowed. The danger of purchasing Fentanyl on the street is that it can be mixed with other drugs and may not be in its true form. Those who are changing the chemical makeup of Fentanyl, run the risk of causing overdoses in individuals that are using the drug. Street names for Fentanyl are friend, goodfella, and jackpot.

Signs and Symptoms of Fentanyl Addiction

Similar to other opiates, Fentanyl can cause a person to feel drowsy and seem out of touch with reality. If an illness or pain existed prior to a drug dependency, the addict might blame those ailments on the source of their behavior changes, when really it is an addiction problem. Individuals might withdraw from activities they once enjoyed and may seem preoccupied. If individuals become addicted to opiates in a recreational or illegal setting, other behaviors such as seeking out drug partners, needing to procure drugs, and possibly partaking in activities they normally wouldn’t have, might occur.

Physical symptoms of Fentanyl are itching, weightless, depression, and possible hallucinations. It can be difficult for an addict to admit that they have a drug problem. If you notice signs and symptoms of addiction in a loved one, help them seek treatment for their condition.

Treatment for Fentanyl Addiction

If an individual realizes that they have an addiction problem with Fentanyl, treatment programs can help wean them off of the drug and move into recovery and therapeutic care. Whether an individual became addicted through illegal Fentanyl use or a doctor’s prescription, detox must occur so that an individual is no longer physically dependent on drugs. This is best completed in a medically supervised environment for healing.

Once an individual is physically weaned off of Fentanyl, mental and emotional healing can begin. If a person fell into addiction because they were trying to self-medicate or mask other issues, it will be uncovered during treatment. Another important part of the healing process is learning how to deal with cravings and triggers. An individual must move through treatment at their own pace and arrange a plan for aftercare. Prescription drug addiction can be hard to overcome, but with the right treatment plan and fentanyl rehab porgram, recovery is possible.

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