Fentanyl Rehab in Kennesaw, GA
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Fentanyl is the strongest prescription opioid available, with a potency 50 to 100 times that of morphine. Unfortunately, it is also becoming more and more common in illegal drug markets, and many dealers add fentanyl to other drugs without informing their customers. As a result, you may develop a fentanyl addiction without even realizing it – and opiate addictions are some of the most difficult to overcome.
Whether you took fentanyl intentionally or purchased street drugs that were cut with fentanyl, there is no shame in asking for help. Fentanyl and other synthetic opioids are the leading causes of fatal overdose in the United States, so getting help could even spell the difference between life and death.
If you are ready to take the first steps towards recovery, we are here to walk alongside you.
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What Is Fentanyl?
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid that is similar to morphine but is 50 to 100 times more potent.” Doctors sometimes prescribe fentanyl to help patients manage severe pain, especially after surgery and in cases of advanced cancer pain. Brands of prescription fentanyl include Actiq®, Duragesic®, and Sulimaze®.
Because fentanyl is so potent, many illegal drug laboratories have found ways to replicate it. Street names for fentanyl include Apache, China Girl, China White, Dance Fever, Friend, Goodfellas, Murder 8, Jackpot, and Tango & Cash. Often, dealers sell illegal fentanyl as a powder, in eye droppers and nasal sprays, or as pills that look like other prescription opioids.
As we mentioned above, many drug dealers mix fentanyl with other drugs, like cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and MDMA, because it is cheap and produces a stronger high. This is extremely dangerous because opioids are riskier when combined with other drugs and because fentanyl’s strength can easily lead to overdose – particularly with individuals who have not taken fentanyl before or are unaware they are taking the drug.
In addition to being dangerous, fentanyl is extremely addictive. According to the 2020 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.3 million people aged 12 and older misused prescription painkillers like fentanyl in the past year. Many people are unable to stop using fentanyl without treatment.
Understanding Fentanyl’s Effects
People become addicted to Fentanyl because it binds to the parts of your brain that control pain and emotions, relieving physical and emotional pain and producing feelings of extreme happiness and sedation. When you take fentanyl for a long period of time, however, it can be difficult to experience pleasure from any other source, which leads to addiction – or compulsive and all-consuming drug seeking and use.
Fentanyl also produces a range of physical effects, including:
- Trouble breathing
- And unconsciousness
Too much fentanyl can lead to an overdose, and a fentanyl overdose can cause your breathing to slow or stop. If you stop breathing because of fentanyl use, your brain will not receive oxygen, which leads to hypoxia. Hypoxia can cause permanent brain damage, comas, and death.
Fortunately, a medication called naloxone can reverse the effects of a fentanyl overdose. Due to the strength of fentanyl, multiple doses of naloxone may be required.
If you think someone is experiencing an opioid overdose, always call 911 immediately.
Treating Fentanyl Addiction
Naloxone is not the only medical treatment that can help with fentanyl addiction. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved several medications to help people reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms (unpleasant, flu-like symptoms that emerge when you stop using fentanyl). Buprenorphine and methadone, for instance, bind to the same opioid receptors and fentanyl without producing as strong of an effect, and naltrexone blocks opioid receptors, preventing fentanyl from having an effect entirely.
Other treatments for fentanyl addiction include therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing.
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At North Georgia Recovery Center, we are dedicated to finding the treatment plan that works best for you. We have several different programs, which we can customize so they work for you. When you choose us, we promise you will enjoy state of the art treatment and facilities, full transparency throughout your recovery, and an entire team that cares about you and your sobriety.
Recovery isn’t easy, but we are here to guide you through.