Fentanyl is a highly addictive synthetic opioid painkiller that is used to treat severe pain. Because it is an intense painkiller and is easy to become addicted to, a prescription is needed for it to be used in a medical setting. It is notoriously addictive and difficult to stop using once a person has started. Additionally, the chemical imbalances in the brains of Fentanyl abusers make the withdrawal symptoms intense and potentially dangerous, which is why detoxing from it should only be done under professional supervision. In recent years, opioid addictions have become an epidemic, in large part due to their frequent use in hospitals.
Why Fentanyl Is So Commonly Abused
Fentanyl is an incredibly powerful painkiller — around 75 times more powerful than morphine — that is frequently prescribed by doctors to patients who suffer from chronic pains and have developed a tolerance to other pain medications, cancer patients, and people who have sustained serious physical injuries. Because it so quickly and effectively blocks pain and releases large amounts of dopamine into the user’s body, giving the user an intense high, it is very appealing to a variety of people, including:
- People who experience chronic pain
- People who have developed a tolerance to other substances that they have abused in the past
- People who wish to experience an intense feeling of euphoria and relaxation
- People who are looking for an intense substance-induced high
The Dangers of Fentanyl
Once a person uses Fentanyl and experiences the short-term benefits it brings them, it can be very tempting to keep using it so as to maintain those positive effects. The appeal and high potency that Fentanyl has make it easy for people to consume too much of it, which is why it is one of the most common drugs on which people overdose. Even if a person does not overdose, when it is used in large doses, for long periods of time, and/or without the supervision of a licensed medical professional, Fentanyl can have serious and potentially life-threatening side-effects, including but not limited to:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Intense headaches and migraines
- Lasting confusion
- Respiratory depression or arrest
Additionally, it is worth noting that when Fentanyl is taken with alcohol, serious interactions can occur. When somebody takes both substances within a short period of time, they are likely to overdose and/or die.
The Difficulties of Fentanyl Detox
Fentanyl is an especially difficult substance to break an addiction to because of its intense withdrawal symptoms that are caused by a chemical imbalance in the user’s brain and the lasting cravings for the drug. While the withdrawal effects vary depending on the person and the details of their addiction, common withdrawal symptoms include:
- Headaches and muscle aches
- Depression and suicidal thoughts
- Anxiety and paranoia
- Insomnia and fatigue
- Mood swings
- And more
It is because of these and other symptoms that Fentanyl detox should only be attempted under professional supervision.
Detoxing at ReAlign
At ReAlign Detox, we understand the addictive nature of Fentanyl and have years of experience helping our customers overcome their addictions to it for good. Our detox methods traditionally include tapered-off methods, which is when we gradually reduce the dose until usage stops completely.
Under controlled supervision, Fentanyl is a helpful drug and is not harmful, which is why it is used in hospitals and other areas of the medical field. At ReAlign, we reinstate that controlled supervision into the lives of people who abuse Fentanyl and guide them away from their chemical dependency by tapering them off of the substance, offering medically-assisted treatment, and teaching them new skills and habits that reduce their chances of relapsing.
Let Us Help You
If you or a loved one is suffering from an addiction to Fentanyl, get the help you need before it is too late. The qualified professionals at ReAlign detox can help you overcome your chemical dependencies by providing you with a safe and effective detox treatment that will start your journey to recovery on the right foot. If you have any questions or comments, don’t hesitate to contact us. We are ready and willing to help you reclaim your life and detox from Fentanyl.