Fentanyl Rehab

One of the three drugs responsible for creating the deadly U.S. opioid epidemic other than prescription pain pills and heroin is fentanyl.

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What is Fentanyl and what are treatments for its rehabilitation?

Fentanyl is an opiate, a type of drug made from the opium poppy. These can include illegal drugs like heroin.Other opiates can be scheduled substance like morphine and codeine. Although there are medicinal form of fentanyl, it is highly abused and even more so in recent years due to its importation, lacing. Its impact on the brain and central nervous system is immense.

How Fentanyl Affects the Brain

The brain has receptors that work with endorphins. Opiates work like endorphins on these receptors but are stronger than what the brain produces. Opiates create a numbing effect, pleasure, relaxation and even a sense of euphoria, but can also slow or even stop breathing. The feeling of euphoria and numbing might create habits and addictions. Decreased breathing can be dangerous or even lethal.

What is Fentanyl

Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid that is up to 99 times more potent than morphine and up to 60 times more potent than heroin. It is both a prescribed drug, as well as a drug that is at times made and used illegally. When prescribed by a doctor, fentanyl can be given as a shot by a nurse, as lozenges that are sucked like cough drops or as patches on the skin.

What are medical uses for Fentanyl?

It is prescribed in the event of chronic, severe pain derived from nerve damage, back injury, cancer, major trauma, surgery and for people who have developed a tolerance to other opioids and those sometimes for insomnia.
Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opiate that is up to 99 times more potent than morphine and up to 60 times more potent than heroin. It is both a prescribed drug, as well as a drug that is at times made and used illegally. When prescribed by a doctor, fentanyl can be given as a shot by a nurse, as lozenges that are sucked like cough drops or as patches on the skin.
Medicinal fentanyl comes in a number of different forms and strengths including:
transdermal patches (Durogesic® and generic versions)
lozenges/lollipops (Actiq®)
intravenous injection (Sublimaze®).

Illegal Fentanyl and the Black Market

The black market manufactures a synthetic form of fentanyl with heroin-like effects that threaten the wellbeing of millions.
This illegally manufactured fentanyl is sold illegally as a powder, dropped onto blotter paper, put in eye droppers and nasal sprays, or made into counterfeit pills that resemble other prescription opioids.

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Medication Assisted Treatment

Because of its street risk with overdose, La Jolla Recovery uses medication assisted treatment for the proper amelioration of the body's chemistry, reducing shock and discomfort as well as increasing rehabilitation outcomes.
The type of fentanyl usually associated with overdoses is bought on the street in powder or pill form and is often mixed with heroin in clandestine labs to increase the high. Street nicknames are very creative: Apache, China girl, Apache, Goodfella, Jackpot, murder 8, TNT , Tango & Cash, beans, green apples, shady eighties, greenies or fake oxy.

Dual Diagnosis Attention

It is very common for Fentanyl to be used simultaneously with other drugs, requiring attention to the other substances as well as mental health issues that may arise after cessation.
Fentanyl is also being mixed with cocaine, methamphetamine, and MDMA. This is especially risky for those who don’t realize that, increasing their risk for overdose death.

Reducing the Stigma of Fentanyl

Fentanyl is a rising substance abused in the opiate epidemic. Our treatment staff at La Jolla rehab not only understand but practice unconditional positive regard as well as creating a non judgmental environment to thrive from this common drug.
Synthetic opioids, including fentanyl, are now the most common drugs involved in drug overdose deaths in the United States. In 2017, 58 percent of opioid-related deaths involved fentanyl, compared to almost 15 percent in 2010.

Your Loved One Might Use Fentanyl without You or Them Knowing

Drug dealers often sell fentanyl as fake oxycodone.

Clinical Treatment of Fentanyl

The effects of fentanyl usually only lasts from half an hour to less than two. Even with lower doses, extended use can lead to addiction and dependency. At La Jolla Recovery, our clinical staff will attend the physical and mental issues arising from rehabilitation.

Comprehensive Approach to Fentanyl Abuse

Because Fentanyl is 60 to 99 times more powerful than morphine, we make sure physical, mental and a social model is utilized in long term rehabilitation. Many times, people taking fentanyl ignore how much they are taking or if they’re even taking any at all, resulting in overdoses. Our approach with medication assisted treatment reduces symptoms of Fentanyl withdrawal and increases the chances of positive outcomes.
Roots of the Fentanyl crisis

The Fentanyl Epidemic

The current fentanyl “epidemic” is actually an escalation of an existing problem.
Doctors are now realizing that many legal opiate-based medications were over-prescribed. Fentanyl may have hit the news with alarming numbers of overdoses, but it is actually part of a bigger opiate crisis in North America and Europe.

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Why is Fentanyl a Threat

Fentanyl Side Effects

Fentanyl is dangerous because it’s being used by many people without a prescription. In fact, a large number of people are using synthetic Fentanyl which has been produced in the black market as a recreational drug.
This type of use results quickly independence, which can then lead to Fentanyl abuse and overdose. Many users will also mix Fentanyl with other illegal drugs, prescribed medication, and alcohol and increase their chances of health issues or overdose.
Addicts often mix it with heroin or cocaine to induce euphoria.

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