Fentanyl Addiction Treatment Rehab
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What is fentanyl?
Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid pain reliever that is 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine. It is prescribed as a patch but is also sold in a pill form. Street names for illegally used fentanyl include Apache, Dance Fever, Goodfellas, and Tango & Cash.
People who use fentanyl frequently crush the pills into powder form and mix it with cocaine or opioids. Crushed fentanyl can be swallowed, smoked, injected, or snorted. Because it is so powerful, fentanyl comes with a high risk of overdose, especially when mixed with other substances.
What impacts does fentanyl have?
Like other drugs in its class, fentanyl works by binding to opioid receptors in the brain. This produces a rush of pleasurable feelings.
Using fentanyl repeatedly can diminish the brain’s ability to release and reuptake neurotransmitters associated with positive feelings. This creates a vicious cycle, where a person must take more and more of the drug just to feel normal. Taking fentanyl can also cause or worsen depression and other mental health issues.
Like other opioid drugs, fentanyl is a central nervous system depressant. Side effects include drowsiness, constipation, and slowed digestion. People who inject fentanyl can develop open sores, collapsed veins, and infections. Long-term effects of fentanyl abuse can include breathing problems, immunosuppression, chronic constipation, bowel obstruction, heart attack, tooth decay, and others.
What are the fentanyl withdrawal risks?
People who struggle with fentanyl addiction who stop using can experience several withdrawal symptoms within just a few hours after they stop taking the drug. These symptoms can include diarrhea and vomiting, muscle and bone pain, severe cravings for the drug, uncontrollable leg movements, and cold flashes with goose bumps.
Fentanyl withdrawal symptoms can be extremely uncomfortable, which is why it’s so hard for people to quit. If you or a loved one plans on quitting fentanyl, it’s important to seek medical help from a licensed detox provider to ensure you withdraw as safely and comfortably as possible and ensure you don’t get dehydrated. Withdrawal can last from a couple days to several weeks. Certain medications, including methadone and suboxone, can help alleviate withdrawal symptoms in both the short and longer term.
How we Treat Fentanyl Addiction
Gateway Recovery Centre challenges the traditional model of Ontario fentanyl rehab programs.
We use evidence-based therapies and psycho-educational counselling to help clients understand why they use substances and break destructive thought patterns and behaviours. But we understand that counselling alone isn’t enough for many people struggling with fentanyl dependency and addiction. Our comprehensive approach includes:
- Individual and group therapy with evidence-based cognitive therapies
- Medications to manage withdrawal symptoms
- Concurrent mental health programs (optional) for clients struggling with depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other mental health challenges
Learn more about our private Ontario fentanyl rehab centre, located on 14 wooded acres in Peterborough, Ontario
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2225 Lansdowne St West
Peterborough ON K9J 0G5