Fentanyl Addiction Treatment in Florida
Almost every American is aware of the crippling impact that opioid addiction has throughout the United States. Opioid-related deaths have increased every year. One of the factors driving the increase in opioid deaths is the appearance of powerful synthetics like Fentanyl. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the death rate of synthetic opioids (other than methadone), which also includes drugs such as tramadol, increased by over 72 percent from 2014 to 2015. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 50 times more potent than pure heroin. Fentanyl addiction is becoming a leading cause of opioid-related deaths in the United States.
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What is Fentanyl?
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that produces effects like morphine with much more potency. It’s used as a short-term pain reliever in surgical environments. The man-made drug causes the user to feel quick pain-relief, comfort, and euphoria. It’s fast-acting, which makes it useful in emergency care. It’s most widely used for surgeries and post-operative pain since it is fast-acting, but effects wear off quickly compared to other pain-relieving medications.
Fentanyl is usually injected intravenously, but it may also be delivered via trans dermal patches for chronic pain sufferers. Unlike other medications, Fentanyl has an incredibly efficient trans-dermal bio-availability which makes it fast-acting. Fentanyl was first produced in 1960 and quickly became widely used as a general anesthetic. It was originally used through intravenous injection through the 60's, until the trans-dermal patch was announced in the 1990s.
Today, thousands of fatal opioid overdoses have dramatically increased, mainly due to the growth of Fentanyl availability. Not only has it grown in medical use, it’s also illegally manufactured in labs in Mexico and China. Due to it’s high potency, significant amounts can be sent in small packages, like cell phone cases, that are challenging for law enforcement to find.
The Florida Fentanyl Addiction Treatment Process
Each person is unique, and individual needs must be addressed in Florida addiction treatment. This makes it critical to find a recovery program where treatment includes medical assessment. What medications should be used in the addiction treatment process is an important factor to consider. The use of medications begins at the first phase of treatment. Other modalities can be introduced as the physical effects of withdrawal become more manageable. However, detox by itself is not considered treatment. It is only the first stage on the road toward addiction recovery.
Simple Path Recovery’s medical team will assess the need for medication. For detox purposes, medications may be used to lessen withdrawal symptoms. Also, medications may be used to assist with cravings and to establish long-term sobriety. They may employ opioid agonists, or medication that blocks the effects of an opioid, such as heroin. These include Naltrexone and Vivitrol. In addition, medications may be used to treat co-occurring conditions, such as anxiety or depression. Managing co-occurring issues is often crucial to long-term sobriety.
Simple Path Recovery uses a medical approach in tandem with other behavioral health therapies. Each client receives a full assessment and developed program for the best possible path to long-term recovery. Qualifying clients may also participate in Suboxone treatment, along with other medication assisted treatment tools.