Fentanyl Dependency Vs. Fentanyl Addiction

Opiate dependency and addiction are very real problems with very real consequences if allowed to progress. The very nature of opiates such as oxycodone, hydrocodone and Fentanyl makes them potentially habit forming, but not everyone becomes addicted.

It’s possible to take Fentanyl safely but the potential to become physically dependent greatly increases the longer the patient remains on the drug. This narcotic analgesic is said to be more powerful than morphine and is intended to treat breakthrough cancer. 

Fentanyl dependency is a byproduct of long-term intake. The body becomes used to the drug and will display signs of physical opiate withdrawal if use is stopped abruptly. This can be dangerous so coming off Fentanyl should be a process monitored by a doctor. Physical withdrawal symptoms may include:

  • Muscle pain
  • Joint pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Rapid respiratory function
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Excessive sweating
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Skin sensations
  • Stomach Cramps
  • Weakness 

Physical And Psychological Dependence, Along With Misuse, Indicates Fentanyl Addiction

Fentanyl addiction often starts as the person’s tolerance to the drug increases, the body adjusts to the level of medication in the system and the drug’s ability to reduce pain diminishes. They find that overtime they require more of the drug to achieve the same desired effect. Addiction is characterized by physical and psychological dependency, along with some degree of misuse.

Addiction can be complicated by the overwhelming fear of Fentanyl withdrawal. An addiction will drive a person’s behavior regardless of the consequences they may suffer. Behavioral characteristics that may point to addiction include:

  • Lack of control over drug use
  • Lack of attention to personal hygiene
  • Intense cravings
  • Manipulating drugs to increase effect (crushing or snorting)
  • Doctor shopping
  • Continued use despite consequences
  • Lying or stealing

Physical symptoms of withdrawal won’t last forever. But if left untreated, psychological withdrawal can linger and greatly hinder the recovery process. It’s often the case that untreated psychological dependency issues lead to opiate relapse.

Fentanyl Can Be Eliminated From The Body Quickly With Waismann Method Treatment

To effectively eliminate a dependency or conquer an addiction, detox may be necessary. Waismann Method Treatment’s rapid opiate detoxification can quickly eliminate Fentanyl from the body while the patient is resting under deep sedation. This procedure happens in less than 2 hours followed by a 3-to-5-day hospital stay for monitoring. After detox, the Domus Retreat provides an aftercare program to focus on the psychological aspect of the dependency for an additional 2-to-7 days. This inclusive approach to treatment gives patients support they need to live a Fentanyl free life.

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