Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid painkiller. Biologically, it is about 100 times stronger than morphine. This means that to obtain the same analgesic effect as morphine, the dose of fentanyl will be approximately 100 times lower.

This painkiller is often used for people with severe illnesses, chronic diseases or even for end-of-life care. The strength of this drug is very powerful. Its effects and risks may vary and can create long-lasting medical issues, some of which can be life-changing.

You may find that it creates

  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Sedation
  • Addiction
  • Dependence

As with any drug, it can be obtained via the black market, which comes with an increased risk of death. Unlike the pharmaceutical variety, black market Fentanyl is often mixed with heroin and is extremely dangerous. There is an increased risk of overdoses with black-market substances.

Most people begin their usage via a prescription. This type of drug must only be used as it is directed. Otherwise, addiction can quickly lead to addiction and subsequently overdose if you are not careful.

It must be treated immediately, so private drug and alcohol rehabilitation is the recommended course of action. Time is of the essence, so if you are suffering from addiction or you know anyone that is, it is crucial to make sure they are aware of the many physical and mental risks.

Can You Overdose on Fentanyl?

The potency of Fentanyl quickly determines the speed of dependency. It is a very strong drug; the body absorbs it quickly, and when used more frequently or for a longer duration than prescribed, it will create an addiction. An overdose occurs when you consume more than you should, and your body is already immune from its response.

This sparks a need for more.

Yes, you can overdose on Fentanyl and in this situation, you must be aware of the early signs and when to immediately call 999. When someone has overdosed on fentanyl, they may become incredibly drowsy/sleepy, and it will be hard to wake them up.

Their breathing slows, and they may make gurgling/snoring noises and pass out completely. Furthermore, an overdose of Fentanyl will cause limpness, paleness and clamminess in the face and body and a weak pulse. The lips, fingertips, and the inside of the lips may turn blue or purple.

Fentanyl is a very addictive substance. This is primarily due to its concentration and the strength of the drug. Long-term addiction to this substance is quite common, and there is not just a physical reaction but also very serious mental consequences such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Crying spells
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Irritability
  • Hallucinations

This can lead to you desiring more and more and may already affect many areas of your life.

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Fentanyl Addiction Treatment

Drug rehabilitation is the only course of action for addiction. This eliminates the desire for more and tackles the psychological elements of dependence that create a perpetual addiction. Thankfully, detox and therapy treatments for Fentanyl addiction are available to you.

When you enter rehab, you will commit to a comprehensive plan, which first starts with medical detoxification and a range of therapies.

Detoxification is essential and must be dealt with sensitively and accordingly. Removing the substance from your body can be challenging. Withdrawal symptoms must be dealt with properly in a medical environment.

You must be in the presence of a medical team who can make you feel comfortable. A drug detox lasts around 7 days. Following this, you will learn to tackle your addiction’s mental health issues.

You will work in therapeutic groups and individual psychotherapy sessions for psychological dependence. This is an approach known as Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which changes your lifestyle habits, and helps you to deal with and understand what is happening to you.

We will also conduct therapies that help you with mindfulness. This assists with your mental state, your wellbeing, and your self-esteem. You will have ways to better conduct your mind so you can find a much happier place to be in after treatment.

You will find the best tools for long-term sobriety with impeccable therapies and treatments alongside the leisure activities and community built inside rehab. Being away from home, reconnecting with family/friends, and healing past traumas are the winning formula for beating addiction.

An aftercare plan will also be in place for you when you leave. Our friendly team is always there to give you moral and physical support. An aftercare plan encourages long-term communication and follow-up counselling sessions.

If you choose recovery, the chances are you will succeed. So let us help you on your journey.

 

Support for Drug Addiction

Thankfully there is a plethora of support for addicts today. Rehab clinics around the country are at your disposal and offer short-term and long-term support to avoid relapses.

Once you remove the toxins from your body, you can begin targeting the reason behind the addiction. Are you in a toxic relationship/friendship group? Has your addiction been co-dependent? Have you suffered a recent loss? Are you dealing with physical or mental trauma and abuse?  A lot of addictions stem from childhood traumas. Dealing with this first-hand via a professional team can finally help you heal and give you closure.

At the Ocean Recovery Centre, we are dedicated to helping you recover. We want you to live a life that is healthy and happy, as well as meaningful. Contact us today for more information or call us on 0800 880 7596.

Removing addiction gives you a bigger and better perspective of life. Following rehab, you are not concentrating on your next dose but on your future.

John Gillen - Author - Last updated: September 7, 2022

John is one UK’s leading professionals in the addiction recovery industry. Pioneering new treatment techniques such as NAD+ and ongoing research into new therapy techniques such as systematic laser therapy, John is committed to providing the very best treatment for people throughout the UK and Europe. During his extremely busy schedule, John likes to regularly update our blog section with the latest news and trends in the industry to keep visitors to our site as well informed as possible on everything related to addiction treatment.

Dr Alexander Lapa - Clinical Reviewer at Ocean Recovery

Dr Alexander Lapa (Psychiatrist) - Clinical Reviewer - Last reviewed: September 7, 2022

MBBS, PG Dip Clin Ed, OA Dip CBT, OA Dip Psychology, SCOPE Certified

Dr Lapa graduated in Medicine in 2000 and since this time has accrued much experience working in the widest range of psychiatric settings with differing illness presentations and backgrounds in inpatient, community and secure settings. This has been aligned to continuation of professional development at postgraduate level in clinical research which has been very closely related to the everyday clinical practice conducted by this practitioner as a NHS and Private Psychiatrist.
He is fully indemnified by the Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland (MDDUS) and MIAB Expert Insurance for Psychiatric and Private Medical practice. He is fully registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) in the UK with a licence to practice.

Dr Lapa is approved under Section 12(2) of the Mental Health Act (1983)

Member of Independent Doctors Federation (IDF), British Association for Psychopharmacology (BMA) and The Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO)

Dr Lapa’s extensive experience has also concentrated on the following areas of clinical practice:
– Assessment, Diagnosis and Pharmacological Treatment for Adults with ADHD.
– Drug and Alcohol Dependency and maintaining abstinence and continued recovery
– Intravenous and Intramuscular Vitamin and Mineral Infusion Therapy
– Dietary and Weight Management and thorough care from assessment to treatment to end goals and maintenance
– Aesthetic Practice and Procedures