Is Fentanyl Addictive?
Fentanyl is a prescription pain medication that can be used for individuals who are experiencing severe pain. Fentanyl is not intended for long-term use due to its addictive nature. This form of fentanyl is different from the type of fentanyl we often hear linked to overdose and death rates. Fentanyl has been known to be produced in other countries and added to illicit drugs such as heroin and cocaine. Fentanyl is 50-100 times stronger than morphine which means that adding a little of it to other illicit drugs can increase the euphoric feeling while saving the maker some money.
Similar to other opioids, fentanyl is a highly addictive drug. Fentanyl binds to the opioid receptors in our brain, which can relieve physical pain and calm a person’s mind. Fentanyl can make an individual sedated, confused, drowsy, dizzy, nauseous, vomit, have breathing difficulties, and constrict their pupils.
Studies show that synthetic opioids like fentanyl were responsible for 73% of all drug overdose deaths. There were approximately 43,000 lives lost in the U.S. in 2020 from a fentanyl overdose. We know that a person can overdose on less than 0.007% of an ounce of fentanyl, which means that many of the individuals who do overdose on fentanyl may not be aware that they had ingested it. Traces of fentanyl is commonly found in heroin, GHB, cocaine, and MDMA.
If you are concerned about your own use or that of a loved one, Sequoia Detox Center is a fentanyl detox center in Spokane, Washington with ongoing residential or outpatient levels of care.
With our Spokane drug and alcohol detox center, we help you find the right level of care for your needs. To learn more about how our program can help you, we invite you to call (866) 858-7294 today.
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What Are the Symptoms of Fentanyl Withdrawal?
Individuals who are experiencing fentanyl withdrawal will have symptoms similar to those who are detoxing from other opioids. This can include nausea, vomiting, muscle cramps, chills, sweating, teary eyes, excessive yawning, sleep disturbances, slowed breathing, diarrhea, anxiety, depression, and irritability.
With Sequoia Detox Center, we offer a medical detox program in Washington that ranges from five to seven days, depending on your personal needs. Our staff will support you during this time and help you find comfort where possible. To learn more about how our addiction treatment program can help you, we invite you to speak with a representative at (888) 675- 0174.
What is the Detox Timeline for Fentanyl Withdrawal?
Fentanyl withdrawal can last longer than other opioids, such as heroin and Oxycodone. There are several factors that go into how long a person’s withdrawal will last, including how long they have been using fentanyl, how they are using it, their overall health, and if they have been using any other substances.
Fentanyl withdrawal can last from one week to two weeks, while some others experience longer-lasting symptoms. Because of the risks associated with fentanyl withdrawal, it is highly recommended that anyone who is going through withdrawal or looking to get clean seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Sequoia Detox Center in Spokane, WA can help those who are experiencing fentanyl withdrawal. We will monitor you for health concerns, offering you educational programming options to help you better understand addiction and recovery. Our overall goal is to help you through your detox so that you can confidently move forward in your recovery journey, with the rest of your inpatient or outpatient program.
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Our staff is experienced in supporting individuals in withdrawal and can support you during this time and offers options to support you no matter the level—whether you need flexibility to continue working or supporting your family during treatment, or whether inpatient or partial hospitalization programs are best for you.
We believe that individuals who are in detox for the fourth or fifth time deserve the same respect, compassion, and kindness as someone who is in their first time. Having the right support during this time can help relieve some of the physical symptoms you are experiencing and provide you with the emotional support that you may not have from other sources.
What Happens After Detox
Once you complete your detoxification program, you’ll be able to transition into the remainder of your treatment. Detox is only the first of several important steps in helping you overcome your addiction by helping you to address the physical dependence.
Addressing the psychological dependence comes with the next several steps of holistic care and therapy.
Just the same as detox programs are designed to treat different substances and levels of intensity, you can find different addiction treatment programs for the remainder of your care.
Inpatient programs are sometimes referred to as residential programs and with these, you live at our facility full-time. On average programs last between 30 days and 90 days and the length of your detox is built into your program.
Detox and the rest of your services all take place at our facility and once you complete your program successfully, if you need continued support but with slightly less supervision, you can transition to a traditional outpatient program.
There are several levels of care which fall under the umbrella of an outpatient program including:
- Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP)
- Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP)
- Traditional Outpatient Programs
With any of our programs, you start with detox before transitioning into the remainder of your individualized program.
While you are with us, you will have ample opportunity to participate in educational groups to help you gain a stronger understanding of addiction and recovery. This can help you recognize changes that you can make at home to work towards a healthy and lasting recovery. If you are interested in continuing in an addiction treatment program, our staff will work with you to find the best treatment program for your needs.
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The therapies that are used in treatment will vary from one client to the next but all of them involve individual and group therapies.
- Individual sessions provide a safe place to deal with things like unprocessed trauma or to recognize personal risk factors or contributing factors to your substance abuse.
- Group therapy sessions provide a safe place for clients who are dealing with similar issues to come together and learn from one another in the recovery process.
- Holistic therapy or complementary therapy can be much more hands-on and expressive. These programs help you learn new skills, build your self confidence, improve your self awareness, and they are often very fun and can include things like adventure therapy, art therapy, music therapy, yoga, or animal therapy.
Our staff will take time to learn about you and your fentanyl use before developing a treatment plan. This allows your time with us to be tailored to your specific needs. Call us today to learn more about our substance abuse treatment programs in Washington.