Fentanyl Addiction Treatment
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Fentanyl Abuse Treatment at Roots Recovery

If you’re struggling with fentanyl addiction, you’re not alone.
The abuse of fentanyl has surged dramatically in recent years, affecting countless individuals across the country.

It’s easy to feel isolated or hopeless when grappling with a substance abuse disorder, but you don’t have to fight this battle on your own.
We’re here to support you. Read on to learn more about fentanyl abuse, its signs and symptoms,
and how our fentanyl addiction recovery programs can help you reclaim your life.

What is Fentanyl?

Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid, significantly more potent than heroin and morphine. It binds to the opioid receptors in the brain, particularly in the areas that control pain and emotions, leading to an intense release of dopamine. This surge of dopamine creates sensations of extreme pleasure, relaxation, and euphoria.

Unlike some opioids that are prescribed by doctors for severe pain, fentanyl’s potency makes it exceptionally dangerous and highly addictive. Even a tiny amount can lead to overdose, making it one of the deadliest drugs in circulation.

Fentanyl can appear in various forms, including powder, spiked onto blotter paper, mixed with or substituted for heroin, or as counterfeit pills.

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Signs and Symptoms of Fentanyl Addiction

Fentanyl addiction can present itself in a variety of ways, with signs that may vary from person to person.

Common indicators include:

  • Severe weight loss
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Pinpoint pupils
  • Extreme drowsiness
  • Neglect of personal hygiene
  • Presence of drug paraphernalia (e.g., syringes, spoons, patches)
  • Failure to meet family or work responsibilities
  • Physical marks such as scabs or bruises, especially on arms or legs
  • Social withdrawal from family and friends
  • Increased hostility or aggression
  • Agitation, irritability, and frequent mood swings
  • Theft or dishonesty towards loved ones

Not everyone will display all these symptoms, and their severity can vary depending on the duration and method of fentanyl use.

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Effects of Fentanyl
Abuse and Addiction

Like many other drugs, fentanyl is abused for the short-term gratification of an intense “rush.” However, this sensation fades quickly, leaving the user craving more as the after-effects begin to set in. The short-term effects of fentanyl include:

  • Slowed breathing
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sedation and drowsiness
  • Chills
  • Dry mouth
  • Feeling heavy
  • Severe itching
  • Clouded mental function
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With that said, the long-term effects of fentanyl can have a severe impact on a person’s health and, over time, can cause permanent damage to the body.

This includes:

  • Brain damage
  • Muscular weakness
  • Depression
  • Loss of memory and poor mental cognition
  • Insomnia
  • Clogged blood vessels
  • Infections of the blood and heart valves
  • Arthritis

Since fentanyl is a depressant that slows down the breathing and heart rate, an overdose is especially dangerous, since too much of the drug will slow the body to the point where even the most basic functions cease to work altogether — leading to coma and, in the worst cases, death.

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Fentanyl Detox
and Withdrawal

Physical dependence on fentanyl leads to severe side effects when usage suddenly stops, which is why many people who try to detox from fentanyl on their own end up turning back to the drug for relief from its withdrawal symptoms.

The symptoms of fentanyl withdrawal can include:

  • Extreme sweating, including cold sweats
  • Muscle and bone aches and pains
  • Cramps
  • Insomnia and sleep issues
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Uncontrollable leg movements
  • Restlessness
  • Severe cravings
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    These symptoms can begin to appear mere hours after the last time fentanyl is used, can peak within 48 hours, and may continue for weeks or months afterward. Their severity will depend on medical history, genetics, how long the person has been abusing fentanyl, and their method of use.

    Since these symptoms come on so quickly after a person’s last fentanyl use and can range from uncomfortable to dangerous, it’s tough — and, for some, impossible — to go through them alone. That’s why it’s so important to seek help when trying to quit fentanyl.

    A team of trained addiction specialists will have the tools to help make fentanyl withdrawal easier and safer for those suffering from withdrawal symptoms.

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      Fentanyl Addiction Treatment Center
      in Milwaukee, WI

      Overcoming fentanyl addiction might seem like an impossible task, but it can be done — and you won’t have to do it all on your own.

      At Roots Recovery, we’ll be beside you every step of the way.

      Our fentanyl addiction treatment center in Milwaukee offers compassionate care in a safe environment, where we’ll help you find the root cause of your addiction, uncover your relapse triggers, and teach you the skills you need to live a fulfilling life in sobriety.

      If you or a loved one are struggling with fentanyl addiction, reach out to Roots Recovery today at 844.447.6687
      or click below to learn more about our treatment options.