What is Fentanyl ?

Fentanyl is a potent synthetic opioid chemically similar to meperidine (Demerol). It is a pain reliever, intended for use during and after surgery or to treat breakthrough pain caused by cancer. It is considered to be short-acting painkiller drug, and 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  skin patch
  • Duragesic –  skin patch
  • Fentora –  dissolving oral tablet
  • Actiq – lozenge or lollipop
  • Subsys –  mouth spray

Fentanyl has a significant likelihood of abuse because of its pleasurable sense and euphoria. It is also often abused in an attempt to self-medicate or drown emotional distress.  The effects of fentanyl within the reward areas of the brain reinforces the desire for repeated use ( physical cravings).


Fentanyl Dependence and Addiction

Fentanyl might have been prescribed to you legitimately, for pain management.  No matter the reason why you started the drug works by attaching to the opioid receptors, which result in multiple molecular effects. One of these effects is the increase of dopamine, giving the user a new sense of euphoria. Once euphoria (usually referred to as “a high”) is experienced, users will seek the sensation again and again, often becoming a daily occurrence.  At that point, you need to watch for the signs and symptoms that you may be developing a physiological tolerance, dependence and emotional addiction to fentanyl.

Signs that can suggest a fentanyl addiction:

  • Irritability
  • Increasing sleep disturbance
  • Decline in productivity
  • Constant concern with acquiring more medication
  • Frequent early renewal requests for new prescriptions
  • Constant complaints of pain
  • Unwilling to try non-opioid drugs for any pain management
  • Pin-point pupils
  • Avoiding close relationships
  • Being secretive

All the signs above could result in a negative emotional state that is often accompanied by depression, anxiety, and irritability. Additionally to the emotional and psychosocial effects, fentanyl can take a number of negative health effects.
The  physical symptoms associated with fentanyl abuse and dependence can include:

  • nausea
  • constipation
  • confusion
  • sedation
  • slowed breathing – which can increase the risk of severe respiratory depression or even respiratory failure (overdose).
  • drowsiness
  • intermittent loss of consciousness
  • coma

When faced with the significant number of emotional, social and health impairments caused by the addiction, people might 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 for any person to bear and relapse becomes quite common. After a number of failed attempts to quit using the drug, the option of seeking the best fentanyl detox treatment seem to be a wise choice.


Fentanyl Detox Treatment

An inpatient medically-assisted fentanyl detoxification is not only much more comfortable than other outpatient options, but potentially much safer. 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, access to dangerous drugs and exposure to potentially triggering situations are minimized. Additionally, medications are given to reduce anxiety, withdrawal syndrome and cravings.  In a full-service hospital, the patient has the resources to be assessed or even treated for additional medical problems or complications that might have been caused by the fentanyl use.

A well-integrated detoxification program should offer various medical protocols, based on 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 treatment reputation is based on almost two decades of commitment and exceptional care.  The Waismann Method has one exclusive location based in So. California and it is medically directed by Dr. Michael H. Lowenstein.
Dr. Lowenstein is Quadrupled Board- Certified and nationally recognized as one of the top experts in opioid addiction.

The Waismann Method has one exclusive location based in So. California and it is medically directed by Dr. Michael H. Lowenstein. Dr. Lowenstein is Quadrupled 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, in order to provide a comfortable and  effective and way to get through the dreadful fentanyl withdrawal symptoms.

With the Waismann treatment, nearly 98 percent of patients complete the Fentanyl detox and are able to move forward towards a recovery program of their choice.

Choosing a private fentanyl detox

Individualization of treatment is the hallmark of excellent care. We consistently deliver a personalized and thorough assessment process to each patient. Our goal is to manage the physiological changes that occur during the opioid detoxification phase, in order to provide the highest degree of comfort, safety while determining the most effective detox protocol.

The admission process begins with initial outreach to the Waismann Institute team.  An opioid specialist starts with an understanding of your needs while assisting you 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 the patient for whom the quality of medical care received, comfort and effectiveness of treatment are core are necessities.

A fentanyl detox can be a difficult thing to overcome, but despite the difficulties, overcoming withdrawals can be possible, with the right professional support. Waismann Method® has shown to be a significant a more efficient way to detox, than most traditional fentanyl rehab programs available.

For more information, call us today at 310-205-0808. We are available seven days a week.