Detoxing from fentanyl is the first step in beating your addiction. Doing so in a safe, professional environment improves the likelihood that sobriety will be achieved.
Learn about the importance of detoxing from fentanyl at a professional treatment center
Typically used to treat severe pain following surgery or another type of medical procedure, fentanyl is an opioid pain medication that is similar to morphine, yet is much more potent. Due to the fact that the consumption of this medication can elicit pleasurable sensations in addition to prohibiting feelings of pain, fentanyl is a substance that is frequently abused. Even individuals who do not possess a medical need for fentanyl may be enticed by the pleasant effects its use is known to create, causing the development of an addiction to rapidly ensue.
Additionally, there has been widespread use of synthetic derivatives of fentanyl. These substances combine fentanyl with other types of chemical compounds and are ingested in order to produce a more powerful high. However, the manufacturing of these fentanyl derivatives is not regulated, and the ingredients that are used can be extremely dangerous. Furthermore, because of the synthetic nature of these substances, no one can ever be certain what specific chemicals have been included in their production. As a result, when individuals consume a synthetic derivative of fentanyl, they are unaware of the toxicities that they may be exposing themselves to, ultimately creating a greater sense of danger.
To add to the immensity of this problem, there are some individuals who mix fentanyl, either the prescription version or the illicit synthetic derivative, with heroin in order to create a more potent substance. This further enhances the likelihood that someone could experience detrimental outcomes from consuming this substance.
Regardless of whether a person has begun abusing fentanyl or a synthetic derivative of fentanyl, that individual is at risk for experiencing countless negative ramifications. As one’s use increases, his or her body will ultimately develop a tolerance to the substance, meaning that he or she must consume the drug with greater frequency or in higher dosages in order to achieve the effects he or she desires.
Following the development of tolerance comes the eventual onset of a physical dependency on the substance. A dependency occurs when a person’s body has become accustomed to the presence of fentanyl or a fentanyl derivative in its system and essentially begins to rely on it in order to continue functioning. This type of chemical dependence can make it immensely difficult for individuals to then put an end to their use of fentanyl or synthetic fentanyl derivatives. For this reason, it is imperative that individuals seek professional care in order to put an end to this detrimental type of substance abuse.
Benefits of detoxing from fentanyl at Pocono Mountain Recovery Center in Henryville, PA
Once a person has developed a physical dependency on fentanyl or a fentanyl derivative, he or she is vulnerable to experiencing a period of withdrawal should he or she attempt to cease his or her use of the substance. Withdrawal consists of a number of unpleasant symptoms that arise as an individual’s body attempts to readjust to functioning without the presence of fentanyl or a synthetic derivative of fentanyl.
The withdrawal experience can be extremely uncomfortable and, as a result, many individuals resume their use of this substance in order to find relief from their distress. However, when individuals opt to receive detoxification services, the process of withdrawal can be mitigated and they face the best chance of successfully achieving recovery.
Detoxification, or detox, refers to the physiological process of having toxic substances removed from the body. When done within the confines of a reputable treatment center, the detox process can serve many benefits for individuals who are struggling with an addiction to fentanyl or a synthetic derivative of fentanyl. Among such benefits are the following:
- The distressing symptoms of withdrawal can be alleviated.
- Individuals are monitored around-the-clock in order to ensure their safety and comfort throughout the duration of the process.
- Being in a secure treatment setting prevents individuals from having access to fentanyl or its synthetic derivatives, prohibiting them from experiencing a relapse.
- Mental health professionals are available to provide the emotional support that is crucial to successfully recovering from an addiction.
- The detriments that further use of the substance could have on a person’s mind and body can be prevented.
- The risk of overdose is eliminated.
- Certain medications may be prescribed when needed so as to provide additional comfort.
Furthermore, when individuals participate in detox, they also have access to various therapeutic interventions that are designed to provide additional support. And, once the detox process is complete, individuals can seamlessly transition into comprehensive care that allows them to overcome their compulsions to abuse substances once and for all.
At Pocono Mountain Recovery Center, we recognize how devastating an addiction to fentanyl or its synthetic derivatives can be. We also understand how intimidating the thought of engaging in detox can seem. For these reasons and more, we are pleased to offer individuals comprehensive care in a setting that is fully conducive to healing and lasting recovery.
By choosing to receive care at Pocono Mountain Recovery Center, individuals can begin their recovery process by engaging in detox and then transition into our comprehensive residential treatment program once they have achieved the clarity of mind that is necessary for fully benefiting from therapeutic aspects of addiction treatment. As part of our full continuum of care, individuals can then transition into outpatient care or outpatient care with sober living services upon completion of residential treatment.
If you or an important person in your life is struggling with an addiction to fentanyl or an addiction to a synthetic derivative of fentanyl, please do not hesitate to contact the compassionate staff at Pocono Mountain Recovery Center today.