Signs of Fentanyl Addiction
Fentanyl is rarely taken on its own due to its extreme potency. Instead,
it is most often laced into other substances. Because fentanyl is “hidden”
in this way, many people who have become addicted to it do not even realize
it. This situation makes the first step of recovering more of a challenge,
so it is important to keep an eye open for the warning signs of fentanyl
addiction, either experienced firsthand or in a close friend or family member.
Warning signs of a forming fentanyl addiction include:
- Constantly thinking about the next dose of fentanyl.
- Not feeling happy unless high on fentanyl.
- Unable to eat unless having recently used fentanyl.
- Spending too much money on the habit.
- Using fentanyl even after suffering a medical crisis due to it.
- Breaking the law to fund the addiction.
Severe Fentanyl Addiction Side Effects
As mentioned, fentanyl can cause a fatal overdose in most adults when just
3 milligrams or more are taken in a short period of time. However, the
drug has the potential to cause severe side effects and harm in smaller
doses. The risk of side effects worsens each time the drug is taken, too,
so it becomes more and more dangerous as time goes on.
Dangerous health consequences of fentanyl abuse include:
- Heart failure
- Respiratory failure
- Vomiting and nausea
- Extreme confusion
If someone is experiencing any dangerous side effects of fentanyl use,
then 911 must be called immediately. In most states and situations, drug
charges cannot be brought against someone who seeks emergency medical
attention for overdosing on an illegal narcotic.
Treatments We Offer
We have a wide variety of treatments and therapies that can help you overcome
your fentanyl addiction, including
drug detox. For people who are struggling with a potent substance that can cause
severe withdrawal symptoms, drug detox should be used to make sure that
withdrawals do not become dangerous. During detox, you will be in a safe,
secure medical setting with constant support and supervision from our
specialists. We can respond immediately if withdrawals become dangerous
or painful, so you can be confident that you can make it through this
part of recovery, which is often called the most difficult step.
Other treatments that can help after detox is completed include:
Make the First Call Today
Your journey to healthy sobriety should begin today, especially if a substance
as dangerous as fentanyl is standing between you and happiness. Please
let Grace Land Recovery in Memphis know what is going on by dialing
(901) 519-2655. We can discuss how we can help you through a professional rehab program
that is designed to meet your needs and expectations, giving you the best
chance of recovering from addiction.