Opioids are of the highest level of restricted prescription medications in the medical field today. Fentanyl is a scheduled II opiate that comes in a liquid or patch form. To ease suffering, fentanyl is offered to patients who exhibit little to no reaction to other pain medications but are in intense pain after traumatic surgeries and lifelong difficulty with conditions such as cancer. Fentanyl is a derivative of morphine, but with an increased strength that is only appropriate for patients deemed necessary. Another form you may be unaware of is the lollipop form that’s often sold to move past detection by authorities.
What do opiates do to the brain and body that make them highly addictive and sought after by prescription and on the black market? Opiates have the ability to shut off pain receptors in the brain that calm the body by slowing breathing and heart rate. The drug reduces sensation to the point that can make someone feeling sad or overwhelmed or hurt feel nothing at all. These doses have immediate effects and can be abused through injection into the veins and by doubling up on patches.
It is a time-release drug, so users do not experience a quick high and sudden drop. This drug is easily abused if left unmonitored by physicians that prescribe fentanyl for pain. Like other prescription drugs that create pleasurable sensations in the body, patients shop around for doctors just to obtain it. The system for this drug is kept under surveillance, and it’s becoming more difficult to access.
Signs of Fentanyl Addiction:
- Chronic fatigue
- Inability to recognize or act on emotion
- Difficulty breathing or labored breathing
- Anxiety and depression
- Uncontrolled sweating
- Difficulty urinating and constipation
- Weight loss and loss of appetite
- Intense irritability
- Abdominal pain
The withdrawal process from Fentanyl is not easy and makes it tough for people to cease use since weaning typically requires medical care and monitoring. At Enlightened Solutions, we will arrange a detoxification facility for you prior to treatment, so that you’re monitored and well cared for. Detox from Fentanyl is serious and needs to be treated by a medical professional. As opiates taken in increasing dosages affect the brainstem by reducing breathing and heart rate to a level that’s nearly undetectable, overdose is extremely common.