Fentanyl Help For Users
What makes fentanyl different from oxycodone and other opioids?
Fentanyl does differ from prescription opioids. How does it differ? Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid pain reliever. It is similar to morphine but it is 50 to 100 times more potent. Compared to other opioids it is more powerful. This can make it even more addictive and more dangerous of a drug. Fentanyl is used for treating severe pain such as the pain cancer patients experience in the advanced stages of cancer. Illegally made and distributed fentanyl is on the rise across the country. Synthetic opioids are the most common drugs involved in drug overdose deaths in the United States. In 2017 alone 59.8% of opioid-related deaths involved fentanyl. Compared with 2010 in which there was only 14.3% this is a big jump. Fentanyl is becoming an issue across the nation. Many people have access to prescription opioids through their medical provider. Opioids are being prescribed at an alarmingly large rate. It is important to be aware if you are developing a dependence on prescription opioids. Your medical provider can assess you and help you get help if it is needed. Whether you are addicted to fentanyl or oxycodone there are treatment centers and addiction specialists that can help.
Can I OD on fentanyl?
The thought of overdosing can be a scary thing to come to terms with. However, the truth is that you can definitely overdose on fentanyl. What is an overdose? An overdose happens when a drug is consumed past the limit where it can be handled by the body. This produces serious adverse side effects and life-threatening symptoms may start to occur. Some of the symptoms of a fentanyl overdose may include slow breathing or the stopping of breathing altogether. The brain may then stop receiving as much oxygen which can lead to a condition called hypoxia. This can lead to a coma or even permanent brain damage. Ultimately it can even lead to death. Overdosing is the main reason drugs such as fentanyl are so dangerous. Oftentimes individuals do not mean to overdose. You may think that because you have done a drug so many times you know what your body can handle. However, often individuals overdose on accident and the outcome is fatal.
Another risk when it comes to fentanyl is that it is being mixed with other drugs by drug dealers. The dealers mix fentanyl with drugs such as heroin, cocaine, meth, and MDMA. The mixing of drugs creates a cheaper product for the drug dealers. However, this is very dangerous for people who are taking these drug mixtures. Many people may take these drugs without knowing that fentanyl has been added to the drug mix. This can easily lead to an overdose because their bodies are taking a stronger opioid than what they are used to consuming.
How do I know if I am addicted to fentanyl?
Addiction in oneself can be a hard thing to notice. Oftentimes family and friends are the ones to point out an addiction to an individual. Many times those who are addicted are in denial. So how do you know if you are addicted to fentanyl? Substance abuse disorder can be defined as compulsively seeking out and using drugs. This compulsive behavior is hard to control regardless of the negative outcomes that come with drug use. You will know you are addicted to drugs when it impacts all areas of your life in a negative way such as work, school, or your home life and you still continue to use them. At this point, despite the negative effects, you are so addicted to the substance you don’t care about the consequences. A substance abuse disorder to range from mild to severe. So how else do you know if you are addicted? Here are some questions you can ask yourself to get an idea of your own addiction:
- Do you think about drugs a lot?
- Did you ever try to stop or cut down on your drug usage but couldn’t?
- Have you ever thought you couldn’t fit in or have a good time without the use of drugs?
- Do you ever use drugs because you are upset or angry at other people?
- Have you ever used a drug without knowing what it was or what it would do to you?
- Have you ever stolen drugs or stolen to pay for drugs?
Think carefully about each question. It is important that you are aware of your patterns and your habits when it comes to your addiction. If you think you need help, give us a call today at 706-480-8733!
What is fentanyl withdrawal like?
If you are trying to quit using fentanyl you may be curious about what fentanyl withdrawal is like. There are many side effects that may occur when one stops using fentanyl regularly. Withdrawal symptoms can be severe and begin within a few hours after the drug was last taken. Withdrawal symptoms may include a range of issues such as:
- muscle and bone pain
- sleep problems
- diarrhea and vomiting
- cold flashes with goosebumps
- uncontrollable leg movements
- severe cravings
These symptoms can be painful and uncomfortable. It is hard to be in pain so many people end up using fentanyl again. This is why it is so hard to quit a substance once someone is addicted. Currently, there are medicines that are being developed to help with the withdrawal process for fentanyl and other opioids. If you want to start the withdrawal process it is important that you go to a detox center. At a detox center there are medical professionals who can monitor you and provide care and support while you go through the detox process. It is extremely hard to detox on your own. That is why many people addicted to drugs never get clean. Call us today at 706-480-8733 for more information!
If I have Narcan, do I have to worry about ODing on fentanyl?
Many substance abusers worry about overdosing. It is a very scary and real fear. However, there are medications that can be used to reverse an overdose and save an individual’s life. One of these medications is Narcan. Narcan is a medication that can reverse an opioid overdose. This drug binds to the opioid receptors and can reverse and block the effects of other opioids. The drug works fast. In no time at all the person who has overdosed will be breathing normally again even if they were previously slowly breathing or not breathing at all. However, this doesn’t mean the drug is a miracle worker. There are always stipulations. Narcan must be administered within a certain amount of time and isn’t meant to be used as a quick fix to then go back and continue abusing substances. The body can only handle so much. Those that are given Naloxone need to be observed constantly until emergency care arrives. They should be kept in the hands of medical professionals for at least two hours. Even if you have Narcan on hand you should still be worried about overdosing. There is always a risk that you could overdose and not recover.
Fentanyl Help For Loved Ones
What are the signs of fentanyl abuse?
As a loved one it can be extremely difficult to watch someone you care about go through addiction. Have you been suspecting that someone you care about is abusing fentanyl? Do you want to make sure you know the signs to look out for when it comes to fentanyl addiction? Firstly, those that are going through addiction may at first appear to be stable in their work and home life. However, overtime addiction will begin to slowly creep into every area of their life and cause issues. You will know they are addicted to fentanyl if their use of it begins to negatively impact all areas of their life and they continue to choose the drug. However, it is important to note that fentanyl addiction affects each person in a different way. There are a number of factors that affect how an individual may be impacted such as:
- an individual’s size
- overall state of health
- the amount of fentanyl taken
- whether fentanyl is taken in combination with other drugs
- whether the person is used to taking opioids
If you suspect your loved one has taken fentanyl but you are not sure here are some signs you can look out for:
- dry mouth
- constricted pupils
- slowed respirations
- decreased heart rate
- stiff or rigid muscles
- tight feeling in the throat
- difficulty in concentrating
For more information on addiction or how you can help your loved one, give us a call at 706-480-8733!
How many treatment options exist for fentanyl addiction?
There are many options when it comes to treatment for fentanyl addiction. Treatment options range from medications to therapy. One type of treatment may work better for an individual or the combination of both may be a perfect option for some. When it comes to medication treatment options there is Buprenorphine, methadone, and naltrexone. These MAT medications can be used safely for months, years, or even one’s whole life. Patients will need to consult with their doctor and have a proper prescription before use. So what do these drugs do? Buprenorphine suppresses and reduces the craving that one has for opioids. Methadone also reduces opioid cravings and blocks the effects of opioids. Lastly, Naltrexone blocks the good feelings and sleepiness effect that opioids have on individuals. This makes the drug less appealing and less addicting to individuals overall.
When it comes to therapy, behavioral therapies and counseling work best. This type of therapy can help patients in a range of ways. Patients learn new, healthy life skills. They also change their attitude and behavior toward drugs. There are a range of different behavioral therapies so every patient can find one that is a good fit for them. For more information give us a call at 706-480-8733!
How do I convince my loved one to seek help?
It can be absolutely heartbreaking to watch someone you love struggle with addiction. You may plead with them to get help and they may completely ignore you. This is normal and an effect of the power that drugs can have over the body and mind. Many people who struggle with addiction are in denial of the reality of their situation and just how much the addiction has taken over their lives. Oftentimes the only way to get someone into treatment is to form an intervention. What’s an intervention? An intervention is a structured opportunity to let your loved one know how their addiction is affecting everyone they love and that they need to seek help. It is also a time when loved one’s give ultimatums to the addict. If the addict refuses to seek treatment then sometimes loved ones will stop communicating with them. This is an opportunity for a substance abuser to seek help. During the intervention, a group of the substance abuser’s friends and family will come together and confront the substance abuser with the help of an intervention specialist. A prearranged treatment plan is offered to the substance abuser. This can be the thing that leads a person to recovery and a better life. Often people who are addicted to substances have a hard time seeking help on their own. It is usually family and friends who get an addict to accept the help they so desperately need. If you would like more information on interventions and how to set one up for your loved one, give us a call at 706-480-8733!
How dangerous is Fentanyl?
It can be scary to watch a loved one use a drug and have no idea how dangerous it is. Is this harming their body now? Can they potentially overdose? What do you need to know? When it comes to fentanyl there are two types. There is pharmaceutical fentanyl and illegally made fentanyl. Pharmaceutical fentanyl is a synthetic opioid pain reliever. This is a prescribed drug that is made for treating severe pain. It is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. However, people in the United States are misusing and abusing fentanyl prescriptions. The other form of fentanyl, the illegal one, is the one that is related to most overdoses and deaths when it comes to fentanyl. This type of fentanyl is often mixed with heroin and/or cocaine. The person who buys the substance often is unaware of this fact. This can sometimes lead to overdose and deaths. In 2018, over 31,000 people died from overdoses that involved synthetic opioids. Fentanyl is a dangerous and even potentially deadly drug. If you know or suspect your loved one is addicted to fentanyl it is important to seek help for them. Give us a call today at 706-480-8733 to learn more about treatment options for your loved one and how to get them the help they need.
Should I have Narcan on hand if my loved one is taking fentanyl?
If a loved one is regularly taking fentanyl and you are concerned about them overdosing, it may be beneficial to have Narcan on hand. What is Narcan? Narcan is a medication that can rapidly reverse an opioid overdose. It can literally be the difference between life and death for some individuals who overdose. It works by blocking the effects of opioids and can restore normal breathing in someone who has overdosed. Emergency doctors and first responders often use the liquid version of Narcan. However, there is now a spray version that is available and easy to use. The Naloxone can be sprayed on the individual’s nose. You can buy Naloxone at pharmacies. In some places, you may need a prescription and in other places you may not. Make sure to stay with your loved one if you give them Naloxone. Individuals must be constantly watched until first responders arrive. Medical personnel will continue to monitor the individual for at least two hours in case breathing changes. Always make sure to call 911 regardless of how the person responds from the Naloxone. An individual could start out doing better and then their situation could worsen. For more information about addiction or how to get your loved one help, give us a call at 706-480-8733!
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