According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, synthetic opioids like fentanyl are associated with the most drug overdose deaths in the country. So, it’s no wonder why opioid addiction treatment is on the rise. The dangers of fentanyl are all too real, and at Solution Based Treatment, we aim to educate in addition to treating addiction.
If you or a loved one are struggling with opiate abuse and don’t know where to turn, reach out to Solution Based Treatment. Learn more about how our opioid addiction treatment program can provide the exact level of care for you or someone you care about. Our caring and compassionate treatment team is here to help, so contact us today by filling out our online form or calling 833.999.1941.
What Is Fentanyl?
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid with similar properties to morphine but a lot stronger. Its use is so rampant because it is accessible as a prescription drug as well as being made and used illegally. It is typically prescribed by doctors to treat patients following surgery who are dealing with post-op pain. In addition, it can be prescribed for chronic pain management. A doctor can prescribe fentanyl as a shot, a lozenge, or a patch applied to the skin.
The illegal form of fentanyl is made in labs and accounts for most of the overdoses associated with the drug. This illegal synthetic form of the drug is sold in a variety of easy to ingest forms, including nasal sprays, powder, blotter paper, and pills. Fentanyl can also be mixed with other drugs like heroin, cocaine, MDMA, and meth for a dangerous drug cocktail. There is a significant risk that people may be using these stronger versions of the drug without even knowing it, putting themselves at greater risk for overdose.
Why Fentanyl Is Dangerous
As an opioid drug, fentanyl attaches itself to the body’s opioid receptors in the brain, where pain and emotion are managed. Repeated use causes the brain to adapt to the drug and become less sensitive. The rush to seek the pleasure of the high can take over someone’s life.
Fentanyl’s effects include:
- Breathing problems
The most significant dangers of fentanyl are overdose and death. Get the help you need to avoid this even being a risk. Our SBT treatment team is standing by to help.
Seeking Treatment for Opioid Abuse
Addiction recovery at Solution Based Treatment varies depending on what addiction is being treated. Most treatment programs for prescription drug addiction start with a medically supervised detox to remove the substance from the body completely and under close watch. After detox, clients start an inpatient or outpatient program depending on what works for their life and family or work commitments. These programs include:
- Residential treatment
- Partial hospitalization program(PHP)
- Intensive outpatient program (IOP)
Behavioral treatment can include cognitive-behavioral, individual, and group therapy, as well as aftercare management once treatment is completed. Every client’s path is unique, so our treatment team will create an individualized treatment plan to reach the goal of lifelong sobriety. Clients leave treatment armed with the tools to manage cravings, recognize triggers, work on damaged relationships, and avoid relapse. We offer several unique recovery activities like Rock to Recovery music therapy and Building on the Rock faith-based recovery. Overcoming an addiction to prescription drugs isn’t easy, but it is possible with the help of a professional addiction rehab team.
Contact SBT Today to Learn More About the Dangers of Fentanyl
While stories of abuse of other hard drugs are frequently in the news, you might be surprised to know that some of the most commonly abused drugs are actually prescription drugs. Opioids like fentanyl are painkillers. Addiction is all too common with opioids, and when overused, they can cause long-lasting health conditions, like high blood pressure, issues with the heart and respiratory systems, and of course, the risk of overdose leading to death.
Don’t wait to get help. Call our treatment team today at 833.999.1941 or complete our convenient online form to overcome the dangers of fentanyl.