Fentanyl Detox Port St Lucie
More than 100 times more potent than heroin, fentanyl is a powerful opioid drug that’s prescribed as an injectable, as lollipops or lozenges, or as transdermal patches. Much like morphine, this synthetic opioid acts on the brain’s reward system and blocks its pain receptors. When taking fentanyl, people cannot feel physical or psychological pain even when the conditions for pain exist. Often offered to cancer patients, to people recovering from highly invasive surgeries, and to those for whom weaker pain medications are no longer effective, fentanyl is both habit-forming and high-risk for overdose.
If you’re currently battling fentanyl addiction, you’re not alone. In a one-year period spanning from March 2018 to February 2019, 47 percent of all overdose deaths throughout the nation involved fentanyl. Sadly, getting off of this drug can be just as dangerous as using it, especially when people attempt to go “cold turkey”. Detoxing from fentanyl without the benefit of professional monitoring and needs-specific medical support can result in severe withdrawal symptoms and a number of secondary health issues. It can even result in death.
At Agape Detox Center, we take a holistic, whole-health approach to helping our clients reclaim their lives from fentanyl addiction. Our care starts with proven medical interventions for minimizing fentanyl withdrawal symptoms and promoting physical and emotional comfort. As our clients are ready, they’re able to transition into inpatient treatment where they can learn more about the underlying causes of an opioid use disorder, develop new coping techniques, and plan to build their lives anew.
What Is Fentanyl?
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid and is currently ranked among the most widely abused drugs in the United States. Although fentanyl use often starts with a prescription, many patients begin taking illicit forms of fentanyl that are purchased on the street. This is often the case when fentanyl prescriptions run out or when prescribed doses are no longer high enough for meeting a person’s needs. Given the rapid and dramatic impact that fentanyl has on both the brain and its chemistry, whenever this drug is used for too long, individual tolerance increases and physical dependency occurs.
Illicit fentanyl is often also used by people with existing morphine or heroin addictions. Just as some versions of fentanyl can be 100 times more potent than heroin, certain versions are also over 80 times more potent than morphine. Illicit fentanyl can also be available as transdermal patches, lozenges, lollipops, or as an injectable. However, illicit fentanyl is most commonly sold in powder form and usually ranges from off-white to light brown in color.
While opiates like:
are naturally derived from the plant matter of opium poppies, opioids like fentanyl are synthetically created to produce specific effects or increase their potency. One of the dangers of fentanyl abuse is the greatly increased risk of overdose when using illicit fentanyl. Unlike prescription fentanyl products, street fentanyl does not allow for accurate or reliable dosing. Illicit fentanyl is also often mixed with other street drugs to increase their potency. This is even done with stimulants like cocaine and methamphetamine. Illicit fentanyl is frequently mixed with cutting agents and sold as heroin as well. As such, many people who suffer from fentanyl addiction aren’t even aware of it.
Fentanyl Abuse and Addiction
When taking fentanyl for medical reasons, people are often given incredibly limited doses and their fentanyl prescriptions last for very limited amounts of time. The total pain relief and relaxed, euphoric sensation that fentanyl provides may cause a person to crave this drug as soon as a fentanyl “high” wears off and long after a prescription has ended. Common signs of opioid and opiate abuse include:
- Lying or stealing to get more drugs
- Using more of a substance than a doctor has prescribed
- Pairing opioids/opiates with alcohol or other substances to intensify or prolong their effects
- Purchasing opioids/opiates illicitly
Substance use disorder typically develops in distinct phases. Recreational or prescription drug use evolves to become regular or daily use. Regular use gradually becomes abuse and continues until physical dependency occurs. When a person is physically dependent upon a substance, this is known as full-blown addiction. With full-blown fentanyl addiction, it is not possible to stop using fentanyl outright or even to limit how much fentanyl is used without experiencing painful withdrawal from fentanyl symptoms. Unfortunately, the window between substance abuse and outright addiction is incredibly small with fentanyl. It is only necessary for a person to abuse this drug for a very short period of time before their brain and body can no longer function without it.
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Stages of Fentanyl Withdrawal Symptoms
At Agape Detox Center, we recognize fentanyl detox as having three primary components. These are:
Although most patients are incredibly eager to get their fentanyl detox done, this process is about far more than simply abstaining from fentanyl use for a sufficient period of time. Fentanyl and other substances like it impact the brain’s normal production and release of neurotransmitters. The intense euphoria and relaxation that fentanyl produces is the result of artificially triggering massive dopamine surges. Dopamine plays a role in many different functions throughout the body. This neurotransmitter helps people:
- Feel motivated
- Enjoy a deep and restful sleep
With prolonged fentanyl use, dopamine is no longer reliably produced and released by the brain. As a result, all of these activities suffer. Dopamine also assists with or controls many basic physical functions including:
- Blood vessel functioning
- Heart rate
- Kidney functioning
- General coordination and movement
Dopamine even plays a hand in regulating feelings of nausea and the need to vomit.
Fentanyl is a short-acting drug. Thus, physical fentanyl withdrawal symptoms can manifest within just eight to 12 hours of last use. These symptoms can include:
- Elevated heart rate
These and other physical symptoms of fentanyl withdrawal typically last between four and 10 days. As fentanyl leaves the body and a person’s pain receptors become unblocked, those in recovery may experience extreme muscle, joint, and bone pain. Experiencing this discomfort without a means for alleviating it can lead to heightened anxiety, depression, feelings, of hopelessness, and intense fentanyl cravings.
Although all physical symptoms will have likely abated after 10 days, it usually takes between 60 and 90 days for a person’s dopamine levels to rebound. Throughout this time, those who have chosen to quit fentanyl without medical treatment can suffer from intense depression, suicidal thoughts, and suicidal tendencies.
Medical Detox Treatment With Agape
Receiving medical detox treatment for fentanyl at Agape Detox Center can make this process infinitely easier. It will also be much safer overall. We offer a variety of medical interventions for fentanyl withdrawal symptoms. We also streamline this process to suit the needs and goals of the individual. Common medications used in medically assisted fentanyl detox include buprenorphine and naltrexone. Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist that can be used to gradually ease people off of opioids like fentanyl via individualized weaning programs. Naltrexone blocks the euphoric feelings that buprenorphine produces so that patients are unlikely to develop dependencies upon this detox drug.
When you complete your detox at Agape Detox Center, you’ll receive a customized care plan that’s based on careful medical evaluations and psychological assessments. Our team will monitor your vital signs and your emotional well-being throughout all parts of this process. Not only will we streamline our medical interventions to reflect your most current state and the progress that you’ve made, but we’ll also offer a number of natural, non-habit-forming therapies and coping tools. We’ll strive throughout your fentanyl addiction treatment to make this process less taxing even as we work to build a solid foundation for long-term addiction recovery.
Benefits of Medically-Assisted Treatment for Fentanyl
At our facility in Port St. Lucie, Florida, you’ll be completely removed from the temptations and triggers of the outside world. This can mean the difference between success and failure during the formative stages of recovery when drug cravings are most intense. Moreover, by providing our patients with targeted interventions throughout each phase of our detox program, we’re able to limit the intensity of many physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms, and we’re also able to prevent some of the most severe withdrawal symptoms from manifesting at all.
With nutritional support and a strong focus on good sleep hygiene and good general self-care, we effectively help the body heal itself. For some patients, this translates as shorter detox times all-around, and far faster neurological rebounds. Our medically assisted treatment program at Agape Detox Center can also help you avoid a number of dangerous, secondary health issues that often arise when detox is mismanaged. For instance, if you go “cold turkey” on your own. constant fluid loss due to diarrhea, vomiting, and sweating could result in both dehydration and elevated blood sodium levels or hypernatremia. In an unsupervised detox, when left unchecked, problems like hypernatremia can result in heart failure.
Our team also offers support for undiagnosed mental health issues. Opioid use disorder frequently co-exists with illnesses such as:
- Bipolar disorder
- Major depressive disorder
- General anxiety disorder
and others. When co-occurring mental health issues are an underlying cause of addiction, dual diagnosis treatment addresses all disorders at once. This greatly increases a person’s chances of long-term addiction recovery by eliminating one of their greatest motivations for substance use.
Preparing for Treatment
Treatment for fentanyl addiction should span one or more months. At Agape Detox Center, our patients can transfer seamlessly from our detox services into our inpatient rehab. Given the highly addictive nature of fentanyl and the long-term effects that it can have on a person’s brain chemistry, it is often best to spend a minimum of three months in inpatient rehab.
Our admissions counselors can help you plan ahead for treatment. They can also help you determine which rehab programs are right for you. In our inpatient addiction treatment, you can take part in:
- Multiple types of behavioral therapy
- Group and individual counseling sessions
- Stress management workshops
- Goal-setting and life-planning activities
- Onsite recreation
We also offer nutritional counseling, guided meditation, yoga instruction, and more.
Our admissions counselors can also help you determine how much of your treatment costs will be covered by your private pay health insurance plan, and how much you’ll need to pay out of pocket. They can explain our full range of payment options. They can even assist you in making arrangements for transportation to our facility.
Get Started With Agape Detox Center Today
Being addicted to fentanyl can feel hopeless. At Agape Detox Center, we offer a diverse range of effective therapies and medical interventions that make fentanyl detox both safe and comfortable. We also offer the continued support that patients need when detox is done. Call us today to schedule a private consultation. Our counselors are always standing by.