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Fentanyl Addiction Treatment Rehab

What is fentanyl?

Fentanyl is part of the opiate family of drugs and is a very powerful pain medication.  It is prescribed for pain management as a patch but is also sold in a pill form.  It is commonly abused as powder, mixed with cocaine or other opiates.  It can be ingested, smoked, injected, or snorted.  Fentanyl is 100 times more powerful than morphine which leads to a higher risk of overdose, especially when mixed with other substances as people do not always know. 

What impacts does fentanyl have?

The use of substances can impact the way in which the brain functions and the release of and re-uptake of specific neurotransmitters responsible for good mental health.  The use of substances can also increase the symptoms of a diagnosed mental health concern.

Fentanyl is an opiate that is used for pain management. Fentanyl can suppress a person’s system, making them feel drowsy, relaxed and in some cases can suppress the system to the point of overdose. Like other opiates, fentanyl can cause constipation and can impact digestion as opiates slow the digestion process.

What are the fentanyl withdrawal risks?

Withdrawal from any substance should be done in consultation with your family doctor or medical professionals.  Clients looking to enter an inpatient treatment facility may require medical intervention to ensure safety. Acute withdrawal symptoms are known as a ‘crash’.  This is when a client experiences fatigue, agitation, excessive sweating, confusion, stomach aches and dehydration.  Withdrawal can last anywhere between a few days to several weeks.

Like other opiates, Fentanyl can cause withdrawal symptoms such as yawning, sweating, restlessness, teary eyes, runny nose, and chills. More severe withdrawal can include, back ache, stomach cramps, joint and muscle pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and hypertension. Due to these symptoms it is recommended that clients seek medical attention to ensure they do not get dehydrated. Withdrawal can last from a couple days to several weeks.  Medication is available to alleviate withdrawal symptoms known as methadone or suboxone.  These can be short term or long term substances used to avoid withdrawal, craving and return to use.

Like many other substances Fentanyl withdrawal can be uncomfortable, which can lead to continued use as people do not wish to experience these symptoms.  This can perpetuate the cycle of addiction.

How we Treat Fentanyl Addiction

Canadian Health Recovery Centre (CHRC) challenges traditional treatment models found in most addiction treatment centres in Ontario. We provide cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) as well as psycho-educational counselling to help our clients understand why they use substances, and how to develop out of those patterns and behaviours.

At CHRC, we understand that counselling alone cannot treat addiction and that nutritional therapies and support are needed to aid in the healing of one’s physical and mental state. On a neurochemical level, our nutritional program offers clients the building blocks needed to rebalance their systems in a way not offered by any other treatment centres in Ontario. The body requires certain foods and the nutrients they hold to make dopamine.

The team at CHRC offers clients the opportunity to utilize opiate replacement therapies while in treatment so they may focus on their recovery journey and withdrawal from fentanyl at a pace that allows them to still function to the best of their ability. We support clients who have pain to manage it through diet and physical activity as well as natural supplementation rather than harsh medications.

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