Fentanyl detox typically lasts about 5 to 10 days, though it can extend up to two weeks. Detox length and severity is unique to each individual. A comprehensive medical evaluation can help determine the optimal treatment plan for a specific patient.
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Finding the Best Fentanyl Detox Treatment
It’s important to note that the best detox treatment for Fentanyl addiction is a medical one. Fentanyl provides people with intense euphoric effects. However, it is a very dangerous substitute for heroin often requiring Fentanyl detox or treatment. It is much more potent and the results of its illicit use are often tragic. Fentanyl withdrawal symptoms can be both intense and challenging to overcome. An inpatient medical treatment, such as the Waismann Method®, can provide the support needed to overcome addiction. We offer both 24-hour medical assistance and continuous vital signs monitoring.
Fentanyl ( Trade names: Actiq®, Fentora®, Duragesic®) is a highly powerful and addictive drug. If you have become physically dependent, feel free to contact us for a confidential consultation.
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What is Fentanyl?
Fentanyl is a potent, synthetic opioid, chemically similar to meperidine (Demerol). As a pain reliever, its intended use is during and after surgery or to treat breakthrough pain caused by cancer. Considered to be a short-acting painkiller drug, it works by inhibiting the pathways of pain to the brain.
Fentanyl is also available in a number of different formulations such as:
- Sublimaze – intravenous injection
- Duragesic – skin patch
- Fentora – dissolving oral tablet
- Actiq – lozenge or lollipop
- Subsys – a mouth spray
Fentanyl poses a significant likelihood of abuse because of its pleasurable sensation of euphoria. Individuals often abuse it in an attempt to self-medicate or drown out emotional distress. In particular, the effects of Fentanyl within the reward centers of the brain reinforce the desire for repeated use (physical cravings).
Fentanyl Dependence and Addiction
Your doctor may have prescribed Fentanyl for pain management. Fentanyl alleviates pain by attaching to the opioid receptors in the body. Fentynal stimulates neurotransmitters in the brain, in particular, dopamine. This gives the user a renewed sense of euphoria. Once the user experiences exhilaration (usually referred to as “a high”), they will seek the sensation again and again. If use becomes a daily habit, it’s important to watch for signs and symptoms of a developing physiological tolerance. This may take the form of both dependence and emotional addiction to Fentanyl.
Signs that can suggest a Fentanyl addiction:
- Increasing sleep disturbance
- Decline in productivity
- The constant concern with acquiring more medication
- Frequent early renewal requests for new prescriptions
- Repeated complaints of pain
- Unwilling to try non-opioid drugs for any pain management
- Pin-point pupils
- Avoiding close relationships
- Secretive behavior
All of these signs could result in a negative emotional state. Often depression, anxiety, and irritability accompany this emotional state. In addition to the psychological and psychosocial effects, Fentanyl can cause a number of adverse health effects.
The physical symptoms associated with Fentanyl dependence, or detoxing from a Fentanyl patch can include:
- Slowed breathing – which can increase the risk of severe respiratory depression or even respiratory failure (overdose).
- Intermittent loss of consciousness
When faced with the emotional, social and health impairments caused by addiction, some people try to quit on their own. At this point, they usually find themselves battling the unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. The pain and suffering caused by an opioid withdrawal can quickly become overwhelming and relapse becomes quite familiar. After a number of failed attempts to quit using, seeking a Fentanyl detox treatment may be the best choice for a successful recovery.
Fentanyl Detox Treatment
An inpatient, medically-assisted Fentanyl detoxification is both more comfortable and potentially safer than other detox programs. In fact, given the strength of Fentanyl, a sudden relapse during the withdrawal phase can result in respiratory failure and even death.
During an inpatient medical detox, patients have minimal access to dangerous drugs and exposure to triggering situations. Additionally, patients receive medications to reduce anxiety, withdrawal syndrome and cravings. In a full-service hospital, patients are assessed and treated for additional medical problems or complications which may have led to their Fentanyl abuse.
Above all, a well-integrated detoxification program should offer multiple medical protocols, tailor-made to each patient’s individual medical and emotional needs.
Medical Detoxification and Rapid Detox
Waismann Method ® Treatment Center has one of the highest opioid detoxification success rates in history. Waismann’s reputation is based on almost two decades of commitment to exceptional care. The Waismann Method has one exclusive location based in Southern California, medically directed by Dr. Michael H. Lowenstein. Dr. Lowenstein is Quadruple Board-Certified and nationally recognized as one of the top experts in opioid addiction. By providing opioid detoxification in a full-service accredited hospital, the Waismann team offers superior options for medically monitored Fentanyl detox. Patients are closely supervised in their private rooms by a medical team and specialists. During that time, the latest science-based protocols are used. We provide a comfortable and effective way to get past the worst Fentanyl withdrawal symptoms.
With the Waismann treatment program, nearly 98 percent of patients complete the Fentanyl detox. From there, they are able to move forward towards a recovery program of their choice.
Choosing a Private Fentanyl Detox
Individualization of treatment is the hallmark of successful care. We consistently deliver a personalized and thorough assessment process for each patient. Our goal is to manage the physiological changes that occur during the opioid detoxification phase. This allows us to provide the highest degree of comfort and safety throughout the detox process.
The admission process begins with an initial outreach to the Waismann Institute team. At that time, an opioid specialist answers questions, while assisting patients through the completion of an intake. Our medical staff will review the intake to develop a better understanding of the patient’s medical and psychosocial history so treatment options can be discussed.
We are here to serve patients for whom the quality, comfort and effectiveness of medical treatment received are core necessities.
A Fentanyl detox is a difficult process to overcome. Despite the difficulties, getting through withdrawals successfully is possible. All you need is the right medical support. Waismann Method® has proven to be a more efficient way to detox, than other traditional Fentanyl rehab programs.
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