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In the ongoing opioid crisis in the United States, the synthetic opioid known as fentanyl has caused some of the most dangerous addictions. The drug has been cited by many as being responsible for the death rate caused by synthetic opioids, which has increased by 72 percent between 2014 and 2015 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Fentanyl can not only destroy a person’s life – it can also end it.
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Fentanyl is classified as a synthetic opioid. Opioids, which originally are derived from the poppy plant, initially were prescribed or administered to treat pain, which is why they’re often referred to as pain relievers. A synthetic opioid, however, is made in a lab and is designed to produce the same effects as popular opiates like heroin, morphine, and codeine.
Because opioid addiction and overdoses are becoming more common in the United States (130 people die every day from opioid-related drug overdoses), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention classifies the crisis as a public health emergency and an epidemic. Many pharmaceutical companies are blamed for this widespread abuse of opioids for prescribing the drug in the late 90s and early 2000s while assuring consumers that the drug wasn’t addictive.
Fentanyl is a synthetic pain reliever that is used to relieve severe pain, especially after major surgery or to aid cancer clients, and typically comes in the form of a tablet, lozenge, spray, or patch. All these forms, unfortunately, are addictive, as fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine, another addictive opiate. Common brand names for fentanyl to be aware of include Actiq, Abstral, Duragesic, Lazanda, Sublimaze, and Subsys.
Fentanyl relieves pain by blocking pain receptors in the brain and increasing the production of dopamine, which is the chemical that creates happiness or other pleasant feelings. Prolonged use of fentanyl can develop tolerance, which means users may ingest the drug in higher doses to continue experiencing relaxation and euphoria. This is how abuse and addiction can occur.
Fentanyl addiction can result in the following dangers:
Because of its increased risk of overdose, fentanyl is extremely dangerous to those who don’t already have a tolerance to opioids. This risk can intensify when someone mixes fentanyl with other drugs like heroin or cocaine.
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If you’re concerned about your loved one, it’s important to know the signs of addiction so you can address the problem and get them the help they need as soon as possible. There have been countless people who have died at the hands of fentanyl, including celebrities like Prince, Tom Petty, and Mac Miller.
Some signs of fentanyl addiction include:
Recovery can be a lifelong process that requires extensive treatment and therapy to avoid relapsing.
People with fentanyl addiction can turn to our rehab center for both inpatient and detox treatment. Even after you cleanse your body of toxins, you may still be vulnerable to relapse. This is where therapy, support groups, and other resources come in. Our team takes a holistic approach to treatment – we don’t only focus on addiction, but on our clients’ overall health. From recovery coaching to art therapy and yoga, we can help you learn healthy coping mechanisms and gain the tools you need to live a sober life.
Just like every person is different, so to is everyone’s journey of recovery. At Cedar Oaks Wellness Center we realize this, and work with you to take the first step wherever you are on your journey.
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