Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid known as a narcotic or painkiller. It is similar to morphine, but up to 100 times more potent. It is a prescription medication given under the care of a medical physician for patients who are experiencing chronic or severe pain.

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In 2019, fentanyl overdoses accounted for an estimated 51% of all drug overdoses in the United States. A highly potent opiate mixed with a highly potent sedative can overwhelm the body’s central nervous system. Because of this, drugs like fentanyl have accounted for nearly 60% of all opioid-related deaths. This number continues to rise as fentanyl continues to gain popularity amongst substance users.

Fentanyl is highly addictive and can be ingested in many ways. Synthetic fentanyl can be dropped onto blotter paper, put into eyedroppers or nasal sprays, or pressed into pills that resemble other prescription opioids. The pill form of fentanyl is usually mixed in with other drugs like benzodiazepines to make the user’s experience more intoxicating and addictive.

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Signs and Symptoms you may need Fentanyl Rehab 

  • Taking fentanyl for longer than initially planned 
  • Feeling unable to stop abusing fentanyl despite a genuine desire to  
  • Feeling afraid you will run out 
  • Lying about your use or hiding it from people who care about you 
  • Lying to doctors about pain to increase your prescription dose or frequency 
  • Spending much of your day procuring fentanyl, using it, or recovering from using it 
  • Feeling flu-like or withdrawal symptoms when you stop using or decrease the amount  
  • Constipation  
  • Itching 
  • Overdosing 
  • Driving under the influence 
  • Snorting, smoking or injecting fentanyl

Behavioral Effects of Fentanyl Addiction

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Fentanyl works by binding to the brain’s opioid receptors and over time, the brain begins to adapt to the presence of the receptor-bound fentanyl. This is the beginning of the development of an addiction. Eventually, the brain will require more substances to achieve the same effects of a pain-free and euphoric experience. This type of tolerance can make normal everyday emotions and physical pain, feel intolerable and the feelings of pleasure, impossible. At this point, a full addiction to the drug can consume the body making craving the drug both a physical and emotional need. Some of the emotional effects of using fentanyl include extreme feelings of happiness, mood swings, confusion, and at times, unconsciousness.

Physical Effects of Fentanyl Abuse

Without treatment and support, fentanyl addiction can be life-threatening. Some of the most common side effects of fentanyl abuse include:

  • Sedation 
  • Nausea  
  • Irregular heartbeat 
  • Loss of appetite 
  • Decreased urine flow 
  • Physical dependence  
  • Slowed breathing  
  • Death 
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Because the body is quick to adapt to fentanyl, withdrawal symptoms can develop once drug use has rapidly decreased or stopped. These symptoms can include a runny nose, watery eyes, sweating and chills, muscle and joint pain, stomach and back pain, increased heart rate, and increased blood pressure, along with severe anxiety and depression.

Inpatient Fentanyl Addiction Treatment in California

At Hotel California by the Sea, inpatient fentanyl addiction treatment in California provides clients with a premiere program for treating their dependence on the highly addictive opioid. With its increasing presence in the illicit drug world, intensive individual and group therapies such as CBT, DBT and EMDR therapy are vital treatment methods for fentanyl addiction. The fentanyl rehab in Huntington Beach, CA helps patients understand the physical and emotional aspects of their addiction through various levels of treatment care that include detox, residential and outpatient programming.

Fentanyl Rehab in Washington

As one of the leading causes of opioid overdose and death, fentanyl rehab is one of the most sought-after types of substance addiction.  At Hotel California by the Sea’s fentanyl rehab in Washington, clients can choose from various treatment programs including medication-assisted treatment in detox, intense residential services and rigorous therapies and access to social services in PHP and IOP. The fentanyl rehab treatment program focuses on the client’s physical and mental well-being and guides them through each step in their recovery process.

Fentanyl Rehab in Ohio

The inpatient fentanyl addiction treatment in Ohio offers specialized treatment methods such as EMDR therapy and marriage and family therapy. At Hotel California by the Sea’s fentanyl rehab program, clients have the access to unique treatments that target the root causes of the addiction. With the assistance and guidance of medical physicians, psychiatrists, case managers and various other rehab clinicians, clients have a variety of options to choose from when it comes to treatment.  There is no one size fits all approach to substance addiction treatment. The fentanyl rehab program allows clients to create a customized comprehensive care plan to fit their needs.

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Get Help at our Fentanyl Rehab at Hotel California by the Sea

If you or a loved one is struggling with substance addiction, Hotel California by the Sea’s fentanyl rehab program offers intensive residential and outpatient services as well as unique therapies. Contact our admissions team today to learn more about our rigorous therapies that include EMDR therapy and marriage and family therapy to help clients understand the physical and emotional impact addiction can have. We help men, women and young adults through their recovery from mind-altering substances. 

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