Fentanyl Addiction

Fentanyl Addiction is Lethal

Today, practically every American is aware of the destructive power of Fentanyl. These opioid deaths have continued to increase every year. In fact, Fentanyl is the common element responsible for the increase in opioid deaths throughout our nation. Essentially, the emergence of Fentanyl and other powerful synthetics have lowered the life expectancy of Americans. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), during the period of 1999-2017, the rate of drug overdose tripled. By 2017, Fentanyl was involved in 57% of the drug overdoses in New York City alone. It is a synthetic opioid that is 50 times more potent than pure heroin. Moreover, Fentanyl is the leading cause of opioid-related deaths in the United States. Up until recently, Fentanyl has been limited to street supplies of heroin. However, the deadly drug has now been found in other illicit drugs like cocaine and marijuana.

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West Palm Beach Fentanyl Addiction Treatment

Our Fentanyl addiction treatment clinic takes a medical approach in tandem with behavioral therapies. For example, our doctors give every patient a thorough assessment. At this point, the patient receives an individualized recovery plan. Our medical staff utilizes Suboxone, Naltrexone and Vivitrol (among others). Specifically, we specialize in Suboxone Maintenance and other Medication Assisted Treatment. At Alternatives for You, patients are free to come and go from our Palm Beach Gardens office where medication is managed. However, although certain medications can be taken at home, some can only be administered at our practice. Furthermore, patients in outpatient detox are not under constant medical care. With this said, vitals and symptoms are checked regularly when the patients check in.

Fentanyl Outpatient Detox

Fentanyl is very addictive; it can take as little as one week to be physically dependent on the drug. If this continues for a protracted period, an individual’s physical health will be in jeopardy. Like other opioids, Fentanyl is a strong, full opioid agonist. Even a person having surgery can attest to the potency of Fentanyl.

While Fentanyl detoxification is painful and uncomfortable, it is typically not dangerous or fatal. However, the withdrawal symptoms alone should draw attention, but can be easily overlooked. For example, dehydration and mal-nourishment can be common in Fentanyl withdrawal. For this reason, detoxification should occur under a doctor’s care. For this reason, Alternatives for You offers a West Palm Beach outpatient detox. Here, Dr. Buscema and his staff provide effective medical detox care while allowing patients to sleep in their own beds at night.

Furthermore, each patient receives a full medical exam and assessment including addiction history. Next, the patient is prescribed detox medications like Buprenorphine or others as appropriate. Also, it may be required for the patient to come to the office to receive medicine depending on their situation. Patients are also given a set of home instructions that include medication, diet, hydration, rest and common mild symptoms. The outpatient detox period is generally 5-10 days.

​Common Signs of Fentanyl Addiction

Symptoms of Fentanyl addiction are similiar other opioids like heroin and OxyContin. However, they may happen more rapidly due to the strength and potency of Fentanyl.

Common Symptoms of Fentanyl withdrawal include:

  • Joint and Muscle Pain
  • Moodiness
  • Flu-Like Symptoms
  • Nausea, Vomiting and Diarrhea
  • Constant Obsession About Fentanyl
  • Hallucinations and Sleep Disruption

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