What is fentanyl addiction?

Fentanyl is an opiate painkiller used to treat severe pain. It’s normally prescribed if an individual has taken another opioid painkiller in the past and has built up a tolerance towards it. Fentanyl is similar to Morphine but can be 50 – 100 times more potent. It can come in different forms such as tablets, patches, spray, lozenges or injections.

The effects of fentanyl

After taking opioids for a long period of time the brain will adapt to the drug and naturally your body will build up a tolerance towards it. The effects of Fentanyl can make the individual feel happy, sleepy, relaxed and also give them a sense of euphoria, but like any drug it can also come with some physical and mental effects, which include –

  • Feeling drowsy
  • Sedated
  • Unconsciousness
  • Constipation
  • Nausea

Using Fentanyl is likely to make you feel drowsy and confused. Many people may look like they’re falling asleep or look ‘out of it’. Overdoses can occur when using Fentanyl, which could produce life threatening effects and symptoms. If the user overdoses on fentanyl, their breathing can slow or even stop.

Treating fentanyl addiction

We recognise the severity of the issue when it comes to fentanyl addiction, which is why we have our detox and therapy programmes to help the needs of each individual every step of the way. Our detox program is designed to minimise the withdrawals the individual will experience and provide them with the right tools to achieve long-term sobriety.

Alcohol or drug addiction doesn’t discriminate, the disease of addiction affects people of all ages, gender, races and social classes. There are stigmas associated with people struggling with addiction which could hinder people from getting the right help. At Steps Together we can help you make that first step towards recovery, a healthier life and freedom from addiction.

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