Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid, which works by binding to the body’s receptors, heightening dopamine levels and producing a state of relaxation or euphoria. As a synthetic, this prescription medication has similar qualities to morphine, but with a higher potency. It is a common practice to use fentanyl to treat patients with severe pain, and is often prescribed following surgery.
Signs of Fentanyl Abuse
For those addicted to fentanyl, repeated use can cause an unwanted tolerance for the drug. Signs of fentanyl abuse include:
- A constant euphoria
- Weight loss
- Itching or hives
Overtime, as more of the drug is needed for the user to feel the desired effects, abuse can also lead to coma or death.
Treatment for Fentanyl Addiction
If you or your loved one has been taking fentanyl for a pro-longed period of time, it is important to speak with a doctor about properly weaning off this drug. Suddenly stopping fentanyl can lead to dangerous withdrawal systems, ranging from restlessness, to unexpected, dramatic shifts in body temperature.
Talbott Recovery can assist you or your loved one in treatment for fentanyl addiction. Our addiction treatment programs include day treatment and intensive outpatient options in Atlanta and Dunwoody, GA.
There is life beyond addiction. Contact us today to speak with one of our caring treatment specialists and to learn more about our programs and locations.