The synthetic killer.
Fentanyl: Laced with Death.
The opioid epidemic in America has gotten to a point where over 115 United States residents die each day from an overdose. As the most dangerous opioid drug on the market, fentanyl presents users with serious, life-threatening risks that should not and cannot be ignored.
Since 1999, over 700,000 people have died from drug overdoses and almost 70 percent of all overdose deaths in 2017 involved opioids – which, in many cases, include fentanyl.
So close to the “real thing”
The Dangers Of Fentanyl.
Fentanyl, unlike heroin and other common opioids, is a synthetic drug, meaning that it is man-made to elicit the same response as natural opioids. Fentanyl is also cheaper than other opioids, as well as smaller, lighter, and easier to smuggle when compared to the “real thing.” Because of its relatively inexpensive price, fentanyl is often mixed with other drugs by distributors and dealers.
The problem lies in the fact that fentanyl is over 50 times more potent than heroin, allowing users to overdose much more easily – especially if they don’t know how much fentanyl their drug of choice has been cut with. A high dosage of fentanyl can lead to an altering of the brain’s opioid receptors that control breathing rate, potentially stopping one’s ability to breathe entirely.
Other side effects that come with the use of fentanyl include:
- Drowsiness, sedation, and
- Immediate addiction
- Respiratory concerns
- Life-threatening comas
The path to healing.
Cleanse Your Body, Renew Your Mind.
At Mountainview Recovery, our dedicated staff of trained professionals works with you or your loved one to first detox the patient of any fentanyl in their system. The timeline for detox can vary depending on the levels of fentanyl in the patient’s system, so we use a controlled substance called suboxone to help the patient through the process.
Suboxone is a prescription medication that can help those with opioid addictions become more comfortable in the detox phase of treatment.
This “maintenance drug” is used to reduce and ease the addict’s frequency of symptoms throughout the recovery process while maintaining a very short-term dependence on opioids, reducing the user’s long-term chance of a relapse.
Suboxone can be very addictive if not administered by a licensed doctor, which is why our Mountainview Recovery team always has a professional on-staff, 24/7.
Moving Forward After Mountainview Recovery.
Once a patient has gone through our program and finds themselves clean and sober, it is vital for them to continue taking the proper steps in the right direction. To help ensure their continued sobriety, our team administers a monthly shot of Vivitrol to appropriate candidates after a thorough screening.
Vivitrol, otherwise known as naltrexone, is a non-addictive treatment for opioid and alcohol dependence that blocks opioid molecules from attaching to opioid receptors in the event of a relapse. In short, Vivitrol blocks the effects of opioids, rendering them useless (from a euphoric perspective) to addicts. Vivitrol is only administered by Mountainview Recovery when patients are in our care; however, we do refer them to outside providers after they have been discharged.
Get the help you need.
Fentanyl Addiction Treatments.
The first stage of detox is one of the most important. Before a person can focus on gaining the knowledge and skills needed to live a life of recovery, addictive substances must be removed from the body
At Mountainview Recovery, we want each individual who comes to us for help with dependence or addiction to have the best chance of establishing lasting recovery.
Once detox and treatment are over, your recovery isn’t over. In fact, it’s just beginning! And, these first days of recovery, once treatment concludes, are the riskiest.
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Learn About the Help We Can Offer.
There is hope for those who feel they have none. If you believe that you or a loved one has a problem with or an addiction to fentanyl use, know that your life can change with one call. Our Mountainview Recovery team is ready to help get you back to living the life you were born to experience.