Fentanyl Detox and Withdrawal
If the patient was a heavy Fentanyl user they may need to be weaned off it before starting withdrawal. Which is another reason that the medically supervised detox is best, once the doctor knows how it was taken and how much then they can accurately decide the best route to recovery. Typically if the patient has to be tapered off they will first be switched to a different less threatening opiate such as morphine or methadone.
Withdrawal can take between several days to a week. Our medical team is present to administer medications to ease the symptoms and help with any anxiety, nausea, or insomnia. Having a medically monitored detox will make it better for the patient since the withdrawal symptoms can be so difficult. After the detox is complete our therapists can help the user identify the underlying reason for taking the drug and help them learn how to stay clean.
A medically supervised detox is the best option because we could help with some of the withdrawal symptoms and most importantly make sure the patient doesn’t start using the drug again to alleviate the symptoms. This is dangerous because during withdrawal tolerance levels drop and if the user were to relapse and use the same dose they were before withdrawing they could overdose leading to respiratory failure and death.
Fentanyl is an opioid which is some of the most difficult drugs to detox from because of it’s severe withdrawal symptoms. Most addicts cannot make it through detox alone and since some of the withdrawal symptoms can be extreme it is always best to go through a medical detox where the patient can be looked after to make sure they remain safe and healthy.
Do you need detox from a fentanyl addiction?
We offer a safe and compassionate prescription medications detox program. Our admissions coordinators can walk you through the entire admissions process and even review your insurance to find out if they will cover costs associated with addiction treatment.
Physical withdrawal symptoms include:
- Sweating, fever
- Runny nose and watering eyes
- High blood pressure
- Nausea and vomiting
- Extreme restlessness
- Muscle and bone pain
- Stomach cramps
Since fentanyl is so addictive and affects the nervous system there are psychological symptoms when withdrawing. Many addicts cannot make it through the detoxing stage alone because of the intense cravings for the drug and hopes of lessening the physical pain they feel.
Most common psychological withdrawal symptoms are:
Fentanyl is derived from the same plant as morphine and heroin and is just as addictive if not more. Fentanyl is 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine and has to be carefully formulated to avoid overdoses. It is highly addictive because of its strong potency the user builds up a tolerance quickly and any signs of abuse should not be overlooked.
Fentanyl has been linked to recent surges in heroin overdoses, as it is being mixed in with traditional heroin powder. The amount of fentanyl used in heroin varies and may not be known to many users. This causes a very serious health issue that is life-threatening and causing local governments and national health organizations to issue warnings associated with fentanyl.
Long-Term Fentanyl Withdrawal Symptoms
One of the major withdrawal symptoms for fentanyl addicts is the cravings to continue using the drug to feel “normal,” “happy,” or just “high.” Recovery Ways will help patients learn new healthy ways to feel normal, happy, and even enjoying life to the point where the cravings for the drug are easier to dismiss. We will look at any co-occurring disorders that may have aided in the drug abuse and treat it in a different way that allows the patient to maintain control over their life.
Managing Withdrawal at a Fentanyl Detox Center
Medical detoxing management is important when individuals wish to become sober. Recovery Ways knows the importance of a medical drug detox program that addresses each person’s specific metabolic needs and health to reduce the risk of dangerous complications. Medications help reduce the cravings and prevent future use. Since fentanyl withdrawal symptoms can be difficult it is best to have a medical detox so that the patient can make it through the detox safe and healthy.
Fentanyl detox starts here.
If you or a loved one is suffering from with fentanyl abuse issues, our admissions team can help find the best fentanyl addiction detox available. Recovery Ways offers fully comprehensive and medically managed detox services in the Salt Lake City area.
Call our admission coordinators to begin the process at 888.986.7848.