What is Fentanyl?
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid painkiller that is many times more powerful than heroin or morphine. It was developed in the 1960s to help manage pain after surgery and during cancer treatments, but it has become increasingly popular among recreational drug users due to its potency. Fentanyl is now the most commonly prescribed opioid in the United States and can be found in many street drugs, such as heroin and cocaine.
What are the Symptoms of Fentanyl Abuse?
Fentanyl abuse can lead to a range of physical and psychological effects. Common signs of fentanyl abuse include:
- Extreme drowsiness
- Shallow breathing
- Loss of appetite
In addition, people who use fentanyl may experience severe psychological effects, such as euphoria, emotional numbness, feelings of detachment from reality, and an intense craving for the drug. Symptoms can vary from case to case based on several physical and mental factors so it’s important to consult a professional if you think you or someone you care about may be abusing fentanyl.
What Causes Fentanyl Addiction?
Fentanyl addiction is caused by changes in the brain that occur with repeated exposure to the drug. These changes can lead to the compulsive use of fentanyl despite the consequences, such as job loss or relationship problems.
People who use fentanyl can quickly develop a tolerance for the drug and find themselves needing more of it to achieve the same effect. This can lead to an increased risk of overdose and addiction. Other risk factors for fentanyl addiction include:
- Mental illness
- A family history of substance abuse
- Living in an environment where drug use is common
- Exposure to trauma or severe stress
- Struggling with social isolation or chronic pain
Treatment for Fentanyl Addiction
People who are addicted to fentanyl need professional help to overcome their addiction and get their lives back on track. If you or someone you know is struggling with an addiction to fentanyl, we encourage you to reach out to Milestones Wellness Center. Our team of professionals can help you through telehealth addiction therapy, medication management, and mentoring & counseling services. We’ll work with you to develop a treatment plan that fits your needs and helps you achieve your goals.