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Fentanyl Addiction Treatment & Rehab

It's common to think prescription drugs are safe and non-addictive, however, drugs like Fentanyl are extremely addictive. If you or a loved one is struggling contact our team to discuss treatment options. Enquire Now
Fentanyl Addiction Treatment & Rehab
Alexander Lapa
Updated on 14/03/2023
Medically reviewed by
Dr Alexander Lapa (Psychiatrist)

Fentanyl is a potent and synthetic opioid. Up to 50 times stronger than heroin, Fentanyl is highly addictive and is often used as a replacement for painkillers such as morphine.

Illegal street drugs and heroin are often laced with Fentanyl, making the risk of overdose high. Unfortunately, Fentanyl is responsible for many drug-related deaths in the UK, but it’s an epidemic in America.

Fentanyl is used in patches, tablets, injections, sprays, and lozenges and is prescribed by doctors but increasingly sold illegally.

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Why is Fentanyl Addictive?

All opioids are addictive, but Fentanyl is much stronger than heroin and morphine, making it a risky choice. Opioids target brain receptors and work by swapping the feeling of pain with one of euphoria. The brain starts to crave the ‘high’ that Fentanyl gives it, leading users to take more before becoming addicted.

As it’s such an effective painkiller, chronic pain sufferers often continue to use Fentanyl without realising how addictive it is.

Signs of Fentanyl Addiction

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Signs and symptoms of addiction vary; some addicts hide their addiction well, with few or no people knowing. For others, addiction is more challenging to hide, affecting behaviours and physical appearance.

If you suspect that someone you know is addicted, here are some obvious physical signs to look out for:

  • Looking generally unwell, unkept and run down
  • Dull hair and pale skin
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Small pupils or sunken eyes
  • Flu-like symptoms such as a cough or cold
  • Mouth ulcers and sores
  • Swelling in ankles, feet and hands

Symptoms of Fentanyl Addiction

If you’re struggling with addiction, you’ll likely experience many physical side effects and struggles with your mental health. Common symptoms include:

  • Irregular heartbeat and breathing difficulties
  • Constipation
  • Tingling in hands and feet
  • A pounding noise in the ears
  • Upset stomach, chest pain or chest tightness
  • Blurred vision
  • Confusion, mood changes or feeling anxious
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dry mouth
  • Fainting

Fentanyl addiction can lead to rapid mental health decline, particularly if you are already struggling to manage a pre-existing condition.

Regular users experience increased anxiety, depression, paranoia and anger, sometimes leading to bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, hallucinations and self-harm.

Fentanyl Drug Detox and Withdrawal Process

In most cases, a stay in private drug and alcohol rehab involves a drug detox. Drug detox is essential, as it gets drugs out of your system and prepares you for therapy and healing. Detox usually lasts a week, and it’ll be one of the first things you do when you arrive.

We won’t deny it: detoxing from any drug is difficult, but you won’t be alone. You’ll be in the care of medically trained doctors, psychologists and addiction nurses who will ensure you’re comfortable. Your mental and physical health will temporarily decline
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during a drug detox – this is all part of the withdrawal process. Your body will crave Fentanyl, so you’ll experience unpleasant side effects when you withdraw.

During detox, you’ll be looked after by specialist addiction staff. They may prescribe temporary medication to help ease withdrawal symptoms and cravings, reducing your dose over time.

How Private Rehab Treats Drug Addiction

When drug addiction starts to take over people’s lives, it’s time to enter drug rehab. Sometimes addicts refer to themselves, but most often, friends and family intervene and get the ball rolling. Drug addicts are often reluctant to start recovery as they can’t imagine life without drugs. Some are embarrassed and think they can break their addiction without professional help when this is what they need the most.

Addicts often feel broken when they arrive at a rehab clinic, with declining health, finances and relationships making everyday tasks a struggle. Private drug rehab helps people beat their addiction through intensive therapies that focus on healing the mind and body.

Private rehab clinics focus on tailored addiction plans and look at individual cases rather than using a blanket approach.

Rehab lasts anything from 28 days to three months, and determining how long you’ll stay depends on lots of factors:

  1. The length and intensity of your addiction. Have you been abusing Fentanyl for years, or is it a recent habit? How much do you take a day, and how do you use it?
  2. Do you need help intensive help with your mental health, or is it more about repairing your body?
  3. Financial considerations. Can you fully fund your stay, or do you need friends and family to help you? Is work paying?
  4. Family and work commitments. Can you take time off work? What about family responsibilities?

Addiction Support And Counselling

Rehab transforms lives and helps people break free from destructive behaviours. As a rehab patient, you’ll be expected to attend daily counselling in the form of individual or group therapy. Led by experienced psychologists, counselling sessions, such as CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), look into the reasons behind addictive behaviours and give patients strategies and tools to help them avoid abusing drugs in the future.

Some patients are daunted about group therapy, but it’s a safe and non-judgmental space, and sharing experiences and being around others on the same recovery journey is hugely beneficial.

Patients learn coping strategies and feel a sense of relief when they share addiction stories.

We offer free aftercare for up to a year when you leave rehab. You can access support groups and family therapy near you, a 24-hour dedicated helpline and a host of other resources to help you live a drug-free life.

Get Help For Fentanyl Addiction

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If you’re ready to start tackling a Fentanyl addiction or want to chat things through, our Addiction Advocates admissions team is available 24/7 to answer your questions. When you call us, the staff will ask you a few questions so they can suggest a suitable treatment plan.

Make sure you give honest answers, and don’t be embarrassed – our team have worked in the addiction field for years, and some even have direct experience of addiction.

Our phone line is open round the clock, so why not call us on 0800 012 6088. If you’d like us to call you back, just text HELP to 83222.

Seth Bolton

Seth is an author, addiction recovery expert and fully accredited member of the national counselling society. He has experience working with a wide range of addictions and mental illnesses using a number of evidence-based therapies and programmes such as the SMART models of addiction recovery.

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