Opioid painkillers can be highly addictive, and the prescription drug fentanyl is no exception. Fentanyl is a highly potent painkiller that creates a feeling of euphoria similar to heroin. This drug comes in many different forms, which unfortunately means there are many different ways for someone to abuse it. From nasal sprays to lozenges, a person has numerous options for abusing fentanyl.
You may encounter fentanyl under its brand name. The following medications are known to contain fentanyl:
Adults are typically prescribed fentanyl for chronic aches and pains. It is also sometimes prescribed to help patients cope with pain after surgery. At least 50 times more powerful than morphine, fentanyl is an extremely powerful painkiller. If a patient is not properly warned of the potential dangers of fentanyl, it can be easy for them to abuse the drug and develop an addiction. At Silver Ridge, our treatment programs are specifically designed for midlife adults who are struggling with addiction.
Fentanyl Abuse Symptoms & Effects
Even when prescribed by a doctor, fentanyl comes with serious risk of addiction. Like heroin, fentanyl floods the brain with dopamine and alters its physical structure. The euphoric feeling of fentanyl is so intense that people who run out of their prescription will sometimes seek it illegally just to experience it again. Cutting off fentanyl use all at once can cause serious withdrawal effects, which further discourages an abuser to stop using it.
Physical effects of fentanyl abuse may include:
- Slow, heavy breathing
- Chest pain
- Difficulty urinating
- Blurred vision
- Nausea and vomiting
Fentanyl overdose can be deadly, especially if the user has no tolerance for opioids. Reports of fentanyl overdose have increased in recent years, even as its medical use decreases. It is important to address this addiction as soon as possible.
We Can Help You or Your Loved One through Recovery
Fentanyl withdrawal will be one of the most difficult obstacles to overcome when a person decides to tackle their addiction. A person should check themselves into a detoxification center where they can receive treatment for side effects as they work the drug out of their system. Detox centers can also provide medication that will lessen the severity of withdrawal.
Many drug addictions arise from an underlying mental illness, and addressing this issue is key to long-term sobriety. Silver Ridge’s rehabilitation program for midlife adults is focused on the individual. Acceptance and commitment therapy is the philosophy driving all of our programs. This means that we teach our clients about the science driving their addiction while also exploring the factors that led to the addiction in the first place. We are committed to helping every one of our clients down the long road towards recovery.
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Individualized Treatment for Midlife Adults
We understand the challenges of this stage of life, and our program is specifically built to serve the mid-life adult in a meaningful and individualized way.
Our holistic approach supports your physical, mental, and spiritual health through a range of evidence-based treatment modalities.
Our staff are highly trained with dual mental health and substance use licensing. Our medical staff includes an ASAM certified addiction psychiatrist & an addiction-trained primary care physician.
From gourmet cuisine to our spacious, 10,000 square foot estate, Silver Ridge provides a tranquil and peaceful setting for recovery.
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