Who Needs Fentanyl Detox?
Here are the cold hard facts. If you have been taking Fentanyl for longer than a couple of weeks, there is a strong chance that you may have already developed a physical dependence on the drug. Fentanyl, a powerful and remarkably addictive opioid, is fifty to one hundred times more potent than morphine. People from all walks of life are affected negatively by this strong painkiller, quickly finding themselves deep in addiction. Even those who take the medication as prescribed by a physician can get into trouble and find themselves unable to function normally without the drug. It is essential to recognize the warning signs and take action immediately by detoxing from the drug. It is never recommended to go through Fentanyl withdrawal on your own. A Fentanyl detox administered by medical professionals is the most effective way to begin your recovery and regain your life.
What Is Fentanyl Detox?
Fentanyl detox is the very first step you will want to take on your path to recovery. To end physical and psychological dependence safely, seeking medical help is essential. Without a proper medical detox, withdrawal can be a painful and uncomfortable process with the potential for life-threatening complications. Symptoms of Fentanyl withdrawal are various and include high levels of anxiety, nausea, vomiting, sleep deprivation and more.
The objective of Fentanyl detox is to rid the body from the accumulated substance safely and to minimize Fentanyl withdrawal symptoms. As with any other opioid, removing the drug from the body often comes with severe physical discomfort as the substance is completely purged from your system. Medical detox facilities specialize in making the detoxification experience safer and more comfortable. Their main focus is to reduce the intensity of Fentanyl withdrawal symptoms and to minimize the chances of complications.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Fentanyl is 50-100 times more potent than morphine. *
What Are Fentanyl Withdrawal Symptoms?
Fentanyl withdrawal symptoms are varied and can differ greatly from one individual to another. The length of withdrawal period and intensity of symptoms can vary from person to person. The withdrawal process can last anywhere from five days to three weeks, depending on the extent of addiction, the amount of drug used and the duration of abuse.
The first symptoms typically begin within 12 to 30 hours of the last use and last for approximately 24-48 hours. During this initial phase of detoxification, the most common Fentanyl withdrawal symptoms are:
- Runny nose
- Insomnia and yawning
- Excess tearing
- Muscle pain
- Anxiety and agitation
Generally, days 2-5 are the toughest for most people. Heaviest users with the longest history of abuse may have a particularly difficult time. Users with severe dependence on the drug are likely to experience intense withdrawal symptoms during that period. Here are the most commonly reported symptoms during this phase.
- Abdominal cramping
- Dilated pupils
- Body chills
- Muscle aches and pains
- Suicidal thoughts
After about a week after discontinuing the medication, physical symptoms begin to subside. Depending on your degree of dependence, you may notice some of the following psychological symptoms stick around for another 2-4 weeks.
of heroin users report misusing prescription opioids before heroin***
46 people die every day from a prescription opioid overdose in the United States. **
Why Is Fentanyl So Addictive?
It takes only a week to become physically dependent on Fentanyl. When you stay on the drug for an extended period, such as for weeks, months or years, over time, the drug exerts many adverse effects on the body. Fentanyl manipulates the pain receptors located in the central nervous system. By binding to these receptors, Fentanyl stimulates dopamine production which causes euphoria. Simply put, Fentanyl messes with your body’s natural endorphins, which makes coming off of it especially hard. Without a constant supply of Fentanyl in your bloodstream, you are likely to experience stress, anxiety and even physical pain.
Prolonged use causes your body to build a tolerance which means you will need to take more and more of the drug to feel the same degree of chronic pain relief. This tolerance-building is particularly concerning to many, making the threat of this pain the main deterrent for those seeking treatment for addictions to prescription painkillers.
Why Is Fentanyl Detox At Home Dangerous?
During Fentanyl withdrawal, physical pain is not unusual. So much so, that experts consider even significant bodily discomfort an expected part of the process. Withdrawal symptoms may be so severe that quitting “cold turkey” is rarely successful. Without undergoing an adequate medical Fentanyl detox, the desire to use will be powerful. Furthermore, without 24/7 care, relapse happens rapidly.
The sick feelings of nausea and vomiting triggered by Fentanyl detox will also make it difficult for you to eat and drink. This inability to properly nourish and hydrate yourself frequently leads to dehydration. Dehydration is a common symptom that makes the unsupervised detox the most dangerous. There have been reports of death related to dehydration associated with a “cold turkey” detox from Fentanyl. Stopping Fentanyl on your own can potentially be dangerous and should be avoided at all costs. A “cold turkey” detox makes you go through a lot of unnecessary pain that you would not otherwise have to endure. Pain medication detox under the care of a trained medical and clinical staff is always the best option.
Inpatient Fentanyl Detox In A Rehab Setting
Daylight Detox & Recovery Center strives to provide each and every client with a custom treatment plan. This is the best way to ensure a sustained recovery. We understand that each client is different, that is why we meet our clients right where they are in their journey into recovery.
All of our detoxification processes for opioids involve a taper from the drug substituting opioid-based drugs to block the craving that comes with drug addiction. We also offer Medication Assisted Treatment, for more of a longer taper for those who need additional blocking factors for cravings and anxiety. To keep our clients comfortable, we provide other medications to reduce nausea and help our clients sleep through the night.
Our Fentanyl detox process is designed to be a safe, comfortable, and effective step on your road to full recovery from addiction. Eliminating your physical dependence on the prescription painkiller is essential to helping you lead a drug-free life. With our help, you will have the tools needed to live confidently without drugs post-treatment, so your integration back into society is successful.