Florida Fentynal Detox Center
It used to be that people who suffered from addiction were seen merely as bad people who were weak-willed and immoral.
As such, people who suffered from substance abuse disorders were largely relegated to asylums and convents to overcome addiction on their own. In many cases, the lack of clinical care and treatment meant that they remained in active addiction for the rest of their lives.
Fortunately, years of research and observation have provided us with a much better understanding of addiction. Through research and study, we’ve come to realize that addiction is a chronic relapsing brain disease.
However, compared to other diseases like diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease, addiction manifests symptoms of both physical and psychological diseases, which is why it has historically been so difficult to treat.
When you factor the wide range of substances to which people have been becoming addicted, it compounds the difficulty of treating and alleviating the profound effects of addiction.
While there are many substances to which a person could potentially become addicted, fentanyl remains one of the biggest concerns.
Compared to other opioids, fentanyl is extremely powerful and highly addictive. Though there are less people abusing fentanyl than heroin or other opioids, there’s a great need for fentanyl detox and treatment.
Over the past decade, opioid abuse and addiction have skyrocketed. Public officials and representatives at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have referred to the rapidly-increasing rates of opioid addiction as an “epidemic,” a term that also reflects how dire the effects of opioid addiction have been on society at large.
In the 1990s, OxyContin — a powerful opium-like prescription painkiller — was launched by Purdue Pharma and quickly became popular among recreational substance abusers. With a wave of addiction behind it, OxyContin signaled the advent of prescription painkillers with numerous rival pharmaceutical companies releasing their own competitors. In just a few short years, painkiller addiction has reached epidemic-level proportions. With public officials enacting legislation to help combat prescription drug diversion and abuse, many of the people who were addicted to OxyContin and other prescription opioids found themselves supplementing the hard-to-find prescription painkillers with heroin.
The following decade saw heroin abuse and addiction skyrocketing in a very similar manner as prescription drug abuse and addiction had in the previous years. However, with heroin being more potent and less expensive than prescription drugs, the damage was actually more profound, resulting in rates of addiction that were higher than any other type of drug besides alcohol. In fact, heroin addiction reached such levels of severity that many of the people selling heroin on the street were becoming addicted to their own product, limiting the amount of profit they could make by selling; as a result, many of these heroin dealers began to mix fentanyl into the heroin.
Fentanyl is currently the most powerful opioid substance available, estimated at approximately 100 times more powerful than morphine and roughly 10 times more powerful than heroin. Even used on its own, recreational fentanyl use is often lethal. The likelihood of overdosing is even more likely among individuals who often don’t realize that the heroin they’re dosing has been laced with the powerful opioid. For this reason, widespread fentanyl use frequently coincides with overdose outbreaks.
Though a less likely drug of abuse than heroin, fentanyl is sometimes used knowingly by recreational drug users. When abused frequently and regularly for an extended period of time, fentanyl is addictive in a very similar manner as heroin.
Fentanyl is what’s known as an opioid, which refers to a group of substances that are similar to opium in their effects. The class of drugs known as opioids consists of opiates — which occur naturally like morphine, codeine, and heroin — as well as synthetic opiates (e.g., OxyContin). Essentially, when fentanyl is dosed, the substance makes it way to the brain and bonds with the brain’s opioid receptors, which inhibit or dampen feelings of pain; this is why opioids are effective when used to treat pain. However, with habitual misuse over time, the brain decreases its production of natural opioids, which means the brain has become dependent on the individual’s fentanyl use. In other words, the individual has become addicted.
One of the hallmark signs of addiction is the experience of withdrawal symptoms when the individual goes even a brief amount of time without the substance of his or her addiction. In fact, withdrawal symptoms is often motivation for an individual to remain in active addiction.
The experience of withdrawal symptoms complicates the recovery process because it’s quite difficult to participate in counseling and group therapy when the individual is suffering from withdrawal symptoms. But that’s where fentanyl detox treatment comes in. Basically, fentanyl detox treatment is a form of care that takes place prior to an actual treatment program. During this time, the patient can focus on overcoming the physical or physiological aspects of the addiction so that he or she isn’t suffering from withdrawal symptoms when the treatment phase of recovery begins.
Though every individual’s recovery needs are unique, our fentanyl detox is an effective recovery resource for most individuals. In fact, for anyone needing a fentanyl detox, Port Saint Lucie offers none better than the fentanyl detox treatment program at Just Believe Recovery.
As with most detox programs, our fentanyl detox consists of a period of seven to ten days of treatment. During this time, the patient doesn’t participate in or receive the kinds of treatments that comprise an inpatient or outpatient treatment program. Instead, the patient simply relaxes, using this time to focus on overcoming the physical aspects of the addiction and preparing himself or herself for the next stages of recovery.
The specific amount of time required for fentanyl detoxification depends on the individual. In particular, the length of time required for fentanyl detox treatment depends on such factors as the length of time spent in active fentanyl addiction, whether there have been previous attempts at recovery, whether addiction runs in his or her family, the severity (or amount) of the individual’s daily fentanyl intake, and so on.
It’s important to remember that recovery is a very individual journey, so the resources that one individual needs to achieve lasting sobriety may not be the same resources that others need. At Just Believe Recovery, we’re here to help you find the resources you need to achieve lasting sobriety. Whether you’re looking for a fentanyl detox for yourself or exploring treatment options for a loved one, call Just Believe Recovery today at 888-380-0667
If you or a loved one is struggling with fentanyl abuse, contact us. Let our trained staff lead you in the direction of sobriety. Through our fentanyl detox program, we can help you get your life back again.
Contact us via our form or by calling 888-380-0667 for more information about our fentanyl detox programs in Florida.