Fentanyl Abuse

Misuse or abuse of the powerful narcotic drug Fentanyl can have serious, if not deadly, consequences. It is considered to be similar to morphine but much more potent. The synthetic opiate painkiller is meant for the treatment of severe, chronic pain in those who are already tolerant to opiates. Fentanyl is available in patch form as Duragesic and in lozenge form as Actiq. Both have a high potential for misuse and abuse among those with a prescription as well as those considered recreational users. Repeated use of Fentanyl, even within the parameters of a legitimate prescription, can lead to physical and psychological dependence and addiction. In many cases, this happens after patients build up a tolerance to the drug and begin taking more and more to relieve pain. Some people take Fentanyl to feel its euphoric effects, a clear sign of Fentanyl abuse.

What to Look For: Other Signs of Fentanyl Abuse

Abuse could include altering the Fentanyl dose or applying more patches than needed, taking it for unintended reasons, and repeated, chronic use despite potential negative consequences. Potentially-addictive drugs such as Fentanyl activate the brain’s reward and pleasure centers. This stimulation could cause patients to “chase” the rewarding feelings, causing them to crave the drug more and more. Powerful psychological and physiological cravings are indicative of a drug dependency. Examples of Fentanyl abuse also include: taking the drug after the medical condition clears or after the prescription runs out; increasing the dose without a doctor’s approval; taking it more often than recommended; and taking it in conjunction with other substances to increase the potency. Mixing Fentanyl with street drugs such as heroin or cocaine increases potency and the risk for a fatal overdose. Other signs of Fentanyl abuse and addiction include a mental preoccupation with obtaining and consuming the drug. Others may falsify prescriptions or shop around for different doctors to secure more than one supply.

The Waismann Method Can Treat Fentanyl Addiction in Days

Abusing Fentanyl can result in tolerance, addiction, respiratory depression, respiratory arrest, confusion, sedation, unconsciousness, coma and death. The Waismann Method of rapid detox can effectively and safely treat Fentanyl addiction with its pioneering medical procedure. Performed in an accredited hospital, patients are first given a battery of tests to gauge internal organ and gastrointestinal damage from opiate use. The actual procedure takes less than two hours and uses medicine to cleanse the Fentanyl from patients’ opiate receptors. This happens while patients are under deep sedation administered by board-certified anesthesiologists. The withdrawal phase is accelerated and occurs while the patient is sedated. Thus, they awake opiate-free without awareness of withdrawal symptoms that occurred. Our expert procedure does not use opiate substitutes to treat opiate addiction. You receive around-the-clock care from the time of check-in until you are released. This takes just a few days compared to the weeks-long or months-long stays required by other detox centers. Our Domus Retreat aftercare facility is also available for those who want to work on continued recovery.

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