Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid often prescribed under the ‘Actiq’ brand. Street names for the drug include ‘Dance Fever’ and ‘Goodfella’.

Fentanyl is commonly consumed by way of patch or as a ‘lollypop’. Fentanyl is predominately used to treat ‘breakthrough’ pain. This is pain that ‘breaks through’ other forms of painkiller medications.

Breakthrough pain is commonly suffered by cancer clients, those suffering from acute kidney failure and by clients who are at the end of their life. Fentanyl is also prescribed to clients who have built up a tolerance to painkillers such as morphine.

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The dangers of Fentanyl Addiction

Fentanyl is one of the strongest opiate-type drugs in existence. The drug is a hundred times more potent than methadone and twenty times more potent than heroin.

Therefore fentanyl is a highly sought after recreational drug. In the United Kingdom fentanyl is a Class A prohibited drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.

Fentanyl is commonly mixed with other opiates such as heroin and methadone, an extremely lethal combination. In 2010 ‘Slipknot’ guitarist, Paul Gray, died after consuming a fentanyl-morphine cocktail.

The early stages of Fentanyl Rehab

Fentanyl addicts quickly build up a tolerance to the drug. This means addicts must consume ever greater quantities of the drug in order to feel ‘high’.

Long term fentanyl users experience highly discomforting withdrawal symptoms during the detoxification process. When clients enter Ocean Recovery Centre a thorough medical examination takes place.

This examination is carried out by a medically qualified physician. Subutex is prescribed to reduce withdrawal symptoms. The fentanyl acute withdrawal period lasts for around ten to fifteen days.

During this time clients are closely observed by a team of medical professions. A team of support workers take care of clients’ cooking, cleaning and laundry so clients are fully able to focus on recovery.

Common fentanyl withdrawal symptoms

Common withdrawal symptoms occurring during fentanyl detox include:

  • Muscle ache
  • Itching
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Confusion
  • Sweating
  • Weight loss
  • Hallucinations
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue

Following fentanyl detoxification clients attend counselling and therapy sessions. Rehab now treats the emotional and psychological causes of addiction.

Therapy prepares clients for addiction triggers they must face on their return to normal life. Modern psychotherapy is mixed with a range of ‘holistic therapies’ which treats the mind and body.

Patients are taught to understand their unique emotional triggers of addiction whilst improve their overall sense of well-being. If you would like to find out more information about Fentanyl, then take a look at our post What is fentanyl?

Aftercare support

Once rehab draws to a close a full relapse prevention and after care plan is put in place. This plan helps clients apply knowledge learnt during rehab in ‘real world’ situations.

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