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Warning Signs Of Fentanyl Abuse And What To Do

Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid that is often prescribed for pain relief. However, it can be highly addictive and lead to abuse. If you are worried that someone you know may be abusing fentanyl, it is essential to be aware of the signs and symptoms. Contact Prevail Recovery Center today to discuss treatments available at our fentanyl rehab center in South Florida. 

Prevail Recovery Center is a top-rated drug rehab in Fort Lauderdale. Contact us today to learn more.

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What is Fentanyl? 

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid, and it is often prescribed for pain relief related to cancer treatment, but it can be very addictive. 

In addition to pain relief, fentanyl is sometimes used as a recreational drug, leading to abuse and addiction.

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How Addictive is Fentanyl?

You may be surprised to learn that fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more potent than heroin and morphine. 

Another reason that fentanyl is dangerous is that sometimes it is illicitly manufactured. 

Often when a fentanyl-related overdose occurs, it is due to the use of these illicitly manufactured drugs. 

Not only that, due to its low cost and heroin-like high, it is often added to other drugs to make them cheaper and more potent. 

Fentanyl can come in a liquid and powder form that is mixed into nasal sprays, eye drops, and candies!

Due to its common use, it should be no surprise that 150 people die from fentanyl-related overdoses every day.

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What Are the Warning Signs and Symptoms of Fentanyl Abuse?

The warning signs of fentanyl abuse can vary depending on the person. However, there are some common signs to look out for. 

If you suspect that someone you know is abusing fentanyl, look for the following signs:

  • Change in behavior: the person may become more withdrawn and isolate themselves from friends and family. They may also start to engage in risky behaviors.
  • Change in mood: mood swings may begin when the person becomes more irritable or anxious.
  • Changes in sleep patterns: the person may start to sleep more or less than usual.
  • Changes in appetite
  • Changes in weight
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Constipation: the person may have difficulty passing stool or experience constipation.
  • Slurred speech: the person may start to speak more slowly, or their speech may become slurred.
  • Difficulty concentrating

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What Are the Effects of Fentanyl Abuse?

Fentanyl abuse can have several adverse effects on the user’s health. These effects can range from mild to severe, and in some cases, they can be fatal. 

Some of the potential physical, cognitive and psychological health effects of fentanyl abuse include:

Physical Effects

  • Respiratory depression is when the person’s breathing becomes shallow, or they stop breathing altogether. This can lead to a lack of oxygen in the brain, which can cause brain damage.
  • Sedation: The person may become very sleepy and slow their reflexes. This can make breathing difficult and lead to a coma or death.
  • Skin irritation: The person may experience redness, itching, or burning skin where the fentanyl patch is applied.
  • Headaches: The person may experience headaches more often than usual.

Cognitive Effects and Psychological Effects

  • Impaired judgment: The person may make poor decisions or take risks they would not usually take.
  • Paranoia: The person may become paranoid and believe others are out to get them.
  • Hallucinations: The person may see, hear, or feel things that are not real.
  • Delusions: The person may believe things that are not true.
  • Anxiety: The person may feel anxious or nervous.
  • Depression: The person may become depressed or have a low mood.

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How is Fentanyl Abuse Treated?

If you suspect someone you know in Florida is abusing fentanyl, get them to a south Florida fentanyl addiction treatment center as soon as possible. 

Several treatment options are available, and the best course of action will depend on the individual’s situation. Some of the most common treatments for fentanyl drug rehab in south Florida include:

 

Medical Detox

Before treatment begins, it is best to start the process of getting the person off of fentanyl and allowing the body to rid itself of the drug. 

This can be a difficult and uncomfortable process, so it’s crucial that it’s done under the supervision of a qualified medical professional. 

Prevail Recovery Center is a medical detox facility in South Florida.

 

Therapy

After detox, therapy can begin to address the thoughts and behaviors associated with fentanyl abuse. 

This can be done in an individual or group setting, and it can help the person to identify the underlying causes of their drug use and learn how to cope with them healthily.

 

Medication Assisted Therapy

Many medications can be used to help treat fentanyl abuse, and the best option will depend on the individual’s situation.

Success has been shown in treating fentanyl addiction when therapy is done in conjunction with taking medications like methadone, buprenorphine, or naltrexone.

In the case of an overdose, there are currently strips available that, if administered within 5 minutes, can detect an overdose. 

In addition, Naloxone can reverse the life-endangering effects of opioids like fentanyl. 

 

12-Step Program

Next, these programs help the person to recover from addiction by working through the 12 steps of recovery with a sponsor.

For example, most of us will be familiar with Narcotics Anonymous (NA). 

 

Sober Living Facilities

Finally, this is an environment where people recovering from addiction can live and work together while abstaining from drugs and alcohol.

If you or someone you know is struggling with fentanyl abuse, there is help available. Don’t hesitate to reach out for support.

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Prevail Recovery Center is a Fentanyl Rehab Center in South Florida

Here we offer medically assisted detox, therapy, and medication-assisted treatment for those struggling with fentanyl abuse. We provide a safe and supportive environment for our clients to begin their journey to recovery. For more information about our south Florida fentanyl rehab center, please call us to learn more about our South Florida treatment center.

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