Fentanyl withdrawal symptoms can be intense, difficult to withstand and potentially dangerous. According to the National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse, fentanyl is described as a “powerful synthetic opioid analgesic that is similar to morphine but is 50 to 100 times more potent.”
Detox should not be attempted without some form of medical supervision. Fentanyl is a powerful narcotic analgesic meant to treat pain caused by cancer. It should only be prescribed to those already opiate tolerant. The most common method of Fentanyl administration is a transmucosal patch (Duragesic).
Dependence and tolerance to Fentanyl can occur quickly, even when used short-term. Due to the potent nature of this drug, it has the potential to become habit-forming. For this reason, it is often subject to abuse and misuse. Fentanyl abuse can produce feelings of euphoria and contentment. This makes it extremely popular for recreational use.
Fentanyl Withdrawal–Painful Physical and Psychological Symptoms
When patients are addicted to Fentanyl and their use stops, they will likely experience Fentanyl withdrawal. Length and severity depend on the circumstances of the person’s use. As well as, how long they have been using and their dosage.
Symptoms of Fentanyl Withdrawal Symptoms Include:
- Abdominal pain
- Loss of appetite
- Muscle and bone pain
- Rapid breathing
- Runny nose
Patients will experience the most intense and difficult physical symptoms during the initial phase of withdrawal. It’s during these first few days that patients are most vulnerable. Often, the intensity of the physical symptoms may be too much to handle. It’s often the case that patients return to use (relapse) during withdrawal if they’re not seeking support. Guidance during this process is imperative to eliminate risks such as respiratory problems, seizures, and even Fentanyl overdose.
Fentanyl withdrawal symptoms aren’t limited to physical symptoms alone. There’s the possibility for severe psychological symptoms to occur as well. These often occur after the physical withdrawal process begins and tend to linger longer. They’re usually a result of the drug’s impact on the chemical makeup of the brain. Characteristics of Fentanyl and Fentanyl patch withdrawal symptoms can include depression, insomnia and high levels of anxiety. These symptoms can be debilitating, and if left untreated, can leave the patient vulnerable to relapse.
Long-Term Recovery Is Possible With The Right Help
A well-rounded approach to treatment is the best option for lasting recovery. Waismann Method Treatment can offer patients a thorough, safe and effective detox. Our rapid detoxification eliminates opiates from the body in less than two hours while patients are deeply sedated. Following a 2-3 day hospital stay, patients will attend the Domus Retreat for 3 to 10 days. At this retreat, the psychological component of their addiction will be addressed while patients go through the regulation period.