Fentanyl Addiction in the united states

Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid drug used to treat chronic pain and severe pain after surgery. Because it’s 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine, Fentanyl can be incredibly addictive, especially when abused, used recreationally, or not used as directed. Prescription names for Fentanyl include Actiq®, Duragesic®, and Sublimaze®. Street names include Apache, China Girl, Dance Fever, and others. However, it's the illegal fentanyl coming across the southern border that has America worried. The effect is a staggering loss of life.

"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that, in 2021, the number of opioid-related (mostly fentanyl) overdose deaths increased from 70,000 to 80,000—making up the lion's share of the country’s record 107,000 overdose deaths."

Like heroin and other opioids, fentanyl binds to opioid receptors in the brain. With continued use the brain adapts to the drug, making it more difficult for the brain to produce its own neurotransmitters. Over time, it becomes harder to feel pleasure without the drug. This leads to a vicious cycle of needing more fentanyl just to feel normal. The fentanyl crisis is the United States is at an alarming stage as the drug continues to find it's way into the illegal supplies of heroin and counterfeit pills. Fentanyl is also a big problem in South Carolina that is creating record-breaking drug overdose deaths. For this reason, our Hilton Head Island drug rehab is focused on helping clients recover from opioids like fentanyl.

Signs of Fentanyl Addiction

It’s not always obvious when you or a loved one has developed an addiction to fentanyl, especially if you were prescribed the drug for pain. Signs can be physical and behavioral, and may include:

  • Difficulty controlling use/uncontrollable cravings
  • Drowsiness
  • Weight loss
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Frequent flu-like symptoms
  • Changes in personal hygiene (unkempt appearance)
  • Isolation from family or friends
  • Stealing from family, friends, or businesses
  • Financial troubles

Fentanyl Withdrawal and Side Effects

Stopping fentanyl use can produce extremely uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms, including:

  • Muscle and bone pain
  • Diarrhea and vomiting
  • Cold flashes
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Uncontrollable leg movements
  • Severe cravings

Because fentanyl withdrawal symptoms can be severe, many people find it difficult to stop taking it without help. The FDA has approved several medications to help ease opioid withdrawal symptoms, including methadone (a full opioid agonist), Suboxone and Buprenorphine (both partial opioid agonists), and Naloxone, which blocks opioid receptors from receiving the drug. 

South carolina Fentanyl Addiction Treatment Program

BriteLife Recovery provides comprehensive care for fentanyl dependency and addiction. Our South Carolina Fentanyl addiction treatment center provides a sanctuary-like setting designed to promote healing and recovery.

Our clients begin with medically supervised detox, during which our clinical team provides round-the-clock care to help clients detox safely and comfortably. We may use medications (e.g., suboxone or naltrexone) to help ease withdrawal symptoms.

After detoxification, most of our clients move into our residential program, which focuses on the behavioral aspects of addiction. Some clients may be eligible for our outpatient program, which allows them the freedom to resume working or going to school while living at home.

The foundation of BriteLife’s fentanyl rehab programs is individual and group counseling. Our experienced therapists use evidence-based therapeutic approaches, including cognitive behavioral therapy, to help clients change their expectations and behaviors in order to effectively manage triggers and stress. We also offer holistic therapies like yoga, massage, and acupuncture that promote healing and recovery.

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Fentanyl

Medication assisted treatment (MAT) is the doctor-supervised use of medication to treat opioid use disorder (OUD) like fentanyl addiction. The majority of research indicates that medication assisted fentanyl treatment drastically outpaces traditional forms of addiction therapy.

While most other treatment providers only prescribe medication, BriteLife recovery incorporates doctor-dispensed medication into our evidence-based treatment (EBT) program. This is a more effective and responsible approach to the use of medication in treating fentanyl addiction.

If you or someone you love is addicted to opioids like fentanyl and wants to stop, then BriteLife recovery can help. Please reach out to us at 866-470-2187. Call today and you can likely admit as early as tomorrow.

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