Fentanyl Rehab in Georgia
Holistic Treatment for Fentanyl Addiction in the Atlanta Area
Fentanyl is a synthetic pain reliever. Because it is a potent pharmaceutical opioid (50 to 100 times stronger than morphine), many doctors prescribe it for severe pain relief during cancer treatment or after surgery and to provide relief for breakthrough pain (intense pain despite constant narcotic treatment). Due to its immense potency and addictive potential, it has created an epidemic of abuse and addiction.
Common brand names and forms of fentanyl include:
At Mount Sinai Wellness Center, we understand how easy it is to grow addicted to fentanyl and how difficult it can be to face the growing stigma of prescription drug abuse. Call us today at (800) 353-4673 to learn more about our Georgia fentanyl rehab program.
On This Page:
- How Prevalent is Fentanyl Abuse?
- Symptoms & Dangers of Fentanyl Abuse
- Can a Person Quit Fentanyl "Cold Turkey?"
- Treatment for Fentanyl Addiction in Georgia
How Prevalent is Fentanyl Abuse?
According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, roughly 269,000 people aged 12 or older misused prescription fentanyl products in the past year. This only takes into account prescription fentanyl, however; illicitly manufactured fentanyl from clandestine laboratories is equally prevalent and easier to obtain on the streets. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), rates of overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids other than methadone, which includes fentanyl and fentanyl analogs, increased by more than 16% from 2018 to 2019. A health alert from the CDC issued in late 2020 suggests the COVID-19 pandemic has caused fentanyl-related deaths to accelerate.
Symptoms & Dangers of Fentanyl Abuse
Fentanyl blocks pain receptors in the brain and increases production of dopamine. Therefore, those who ingest fentanyl at unprescribed levels create higher levels of dopamine in their body and experience intense euphoria and relaxation quite like that of a heroin high. The more a person uses fentanyl, the more the brain is chemically altered over time. It is this neurochemical transformation in the brain that results in someone who was prescribed fentanyl becoming dependent and eventually turning to illegal methods to get it once their prescription runs out.
Those who abuse fentanyl might experience the following symptoms:
- Extreme euphoria
- Nausea and vomiting
- Slowed breathing
To those without an opioid tolerance, fentanyl abuse is extremely dangerous; due to its potency they are at an elevated risk of overdose. Additionally, those who mix fentanyl with illicit drugs like heroin or cocaine put themselves at risk for the drug’s damaging side effects. A reason for this is that many people don’t believe that fentanyl is so addictive, which is why it has a higher likelihood for both accidental and intentional abuse.
When someone does develop a tolerance to fentanyl, he or she will then depend on it in order to feel normal. This will require doses to increase in order for the person to experience the previously felt euphoria. However, increased usage of fentanyl can cause depression of the respiratory system to the point of failure and fatal overdoses.
Can a Person Quit Fentanyl "Cold Turkey?"
While it is rarely life-threatening, it is not recommended to reduce the dosage or quit using fentanyl cold turkey because it can be a miserable process consisting of painful withdrawals.
Other symptoms of withdrawal include:
- General weakness
- Stomach pain
- Loss of appetite
- Shaking and tremors
Treatment for Fentanyl Addiction in Georgia
While there is no quick remedy for fentanyl addiction, it is definitely possible to bounce back from it. Typically, it takes around a year to complete a full treatment program for opioid dependency. At Mount Sinai, our Georgia fentanyl addiction treatment program typically includes medically assisted detox, multiple types of therapy to help individuals work through personal and intrapersonal problems, and holistic healing practices that help replace drug-related activities with positive and healthy practices. We also work with patients to develop relapse prevention plans.
The compassionate staff at Mount Sinai understand that every patient has different needs to recover from their addiction. This is why we are dedicated to providing the highest quality rehab designed to fit each patient’s particular requirements.