Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid that is commonly prescribed for severe pain due to its rapid onset and relatively short duration. It is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine and around 50 times more potent than heroin. Sadly, due to its wide availability and relatively low cost, many have started using fentanyl recreationally, and a large number succumb to fentanyl addiction. It has become one of the leading causes of drug-related fatalities in many states, including Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania, and is another front in the continued fight against the opioid epidemic.
If you or a loved one is struggling with fentanyl addiction, the team at BrightView can help. Our outpatient addiction treatment programs give our patients the foundation and support they require to break free from fentanyl addiction. We understand that addiction is a disease that can be treated, and willpower alone will not get someone through the withdrawal symptoms and cravings of such a powerful drug. We offer everything our patients need under one roof so that they can begin their road to recovery as soon as possible. If you would like to learn more about what we offer, you can contact us at 888.501.9865.
Signs of Fentanyl Addiction
If you are concerned that a friend or loved one may be misusing fentanyl, it’s a good idea to check whether they are exhibiting the signs of fentanyl addiction. Anyone who is using opioids is at high risk of forming a substance use disorder due to how these drugs affect a person’s brain. Those who misuse fentanyl will often take the drug to experience the sense of euphoria and relaxation that it causes.
Behavioral symptoms a person can display may include:
- Lying about how much fentanyl they are using
- Spending a majority of their time thinking about fentanyl or trying to acquire it
- Forgoing social, work, or school responsibilities
- Engaging in risky behavior to obtain fentanyl
- Wanting to quit using fentanyl but are unable to do so
Physical symptoms may include:
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea and vomiting
- Impaired balance and coordination
- Fatigue and drowsiness
- Restless itching and scratching
Knowing these signs and symptoms could help you save someone from a fentanyl overdose. Getting help for a substance use disorder at a fentanyl rehab center is the best way for someone to quit using fentanyl.
Our Fentanyl Addiction Treatment Program
At BrightView, our approach to fentanyl addiction recovery involves personalizing the treatment program to each patient’s unique situation. Everyone has different needs and wants, and what works for one person may not work for someone else. However, there are some facets of addiction treatment that have proven to be highly effective for a majority of our patients. As such, our outpatient addiction treatment program incorporates:
- Medication assisted treatment
- Group therapy
- Individual counseling
We also offer telehealth options for those who may find it difficult to get to a treatment center on a regular basis.
Our approach uses medication assisted treatment (MAT) to help ease the effects of fentanyl withdrawal, which can often be overwhelming for people trying to quit on their own. We combine this treatment with behavioral therapies and counseling to address the root causes of the substance use disorder and provide a path toward long-term recovery.
Finally, each patient going through our fentanyl addiction treatment program will also work with a case manager. The case manager will help the patient address other parts of their life that may have been affected by their substance use disorder, such as employment, housing, and transportation. They will also be there to guide the patient throughout recovery and help prevent relapse.
Start Your Recovery Today at BrightView
If you or a loved one are looking for help, BrightView is ready to accept you. Our team members are standing by to answer the phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Don’t wait for fentanyl addiction to steal your health and happiness. Contact us at 888.501.9865 and find out about your treatment options.