In the U.S., fentanyl is a significant contributor to fatal and non-fatal overdoses and has a high rate of addiction and dependence. If you are struggling with fentanyl use, you are not alone. Restored Path Detox understands how difficult fentanyl detox can be. In many cases, people who quit on their own return to using within 24 hours due to the severity of the withdrawal symptoms. Our team is here to help.
Restored Path Detox is a place where you can recover quickly and safely.
There is no doubt that fentanyl misuse can ravage your physical, emotional, and social well-being. The good news is that the team at Restored Path Detox understands the effects of fentanyl addiction and will take care of you holistically.
Our team of medical professionals provides professional care delivered with kindness 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We ensure you have a comfortable, safe, and quick transition to recovery. To reduce the severity of your withdrawal symptoms, we will administer and monitor FDA-approved medications if needed.
Our compassionate physicians and therapists want you to get well and are committed to removing any existing barriers to your care. Restored Path’s team of board-certified physicians and highly qualified RNs have extensive critical care experience and are available to monitor your detox program 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Restored Path Detox is DFW’s premier location for sophisticated medical detox. Conveniently located in Frisco, we provide a safe sanctuary for healing that is also a state-of-the-art detoxification facility for a wide range of substances.
Our comprehensive program combines effective techniques to ensure a fully integrated detoxification experience. As part of our treatment plan, we will prescribe medications that are targeted toward easing your fentanyl detox and withdrawal symptoms while preventing harmful side effects.
These medication-assisted treatment (MAT) options work in conjunction with round-the-clock medical supervision and a wide range of addiction treatment services. Whenever possible, we encourage you to participate in individual and group therapy sessions.
Medical, mental health, and whole-person assessment
Case management and treatment planning
Individual supportive counseling
Supportive counseling groups
24/7 medical supervision
Continuing care planning
It is our goal to provide you with a restful healing environment where you can get back to feeling like yourself. At Restored Path Detox, you will be guided through every stage of early recovery in a secure and welcoming atmosphere. We'll begin with a brief phone assessment, discuss your coverage options, and schedule your intake appointment. During your stay, you'll experience a range of amenities that make you feel at home and supported during your fentanyl detox and recovery.
Our amenities include:
Comfortable, private, and semi-private rooms
TVs in all rooms
Executive wing with private rooms
Cell phone access is available for executive-level patients, as clinically appropriate
Gourmet meals created by licensed nutritionist
Kitchenette area stocked with snacks
24/7 nursing on all units
ADA-accessible bathrooms with toiletries
Outdoor courtyard and garden area
Inviting, well-lit common spaces
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid known by a variety of street names. They include Apache, China Girl, China Town, Dance Fever, Friend, Goodfellas, Great Bear, He-Man, Jackpot, King Ivory, Murder 8, and Tango & Cash.
In pharmaceutical products, its forms are oral lozenges, sublingual tablets, nasal sprays, and injectable formulas. Counterfeit tablets and powders are common forms of unauthorized versions of the drug.
Fentanyl has been in use for more than six decades. It was first introduced as an intravenous anesthetic. Since then, it’s been commonly prescribed to treat pain related to injuries, surgical procedures, and chronic conditions.
Pharmaceutical fentanyl was developed as a pain management treatment for cancer patients in the form of a patch placed on the skin. Due to its powerful opioid properties, fentanyl is also abused. In some cases, fentanyl is added to heroin in order to increase its potency, or it may be disguised as highly potent heroin. As a result, it is common for users to believe they are purchasing heroin when they are actually purchasing fentanyl, which often results in overdose deaths.
Fentanyl is 100 times stronger than morphine and 50 times stronger than heroin. As a result, the drug can be deadly even in very small doses.
Fentanyl is a major cause of overdoses in the U.S., both fatal and non-fatal. Approximately 150 people die every day from overdoses caused by synthetic opioids like fentanyl.
Its potency is remarkable. Fentanyl is 100 times stronger than morphine and 50 times stronger than heroin. Its effects are immediate, too. Someone taking or being administered fentanyl will feel relaxed with a sense of euphoria. Like other opioids, its impact on the body can appear in a variety of forms.
Fentanyl’s Effect on the Body
Legally prescribed fentanyl can be misused for recreational purposes. Also, unlawful versions of the drug can be added to other substances, increasing their potency and risk of addiction or overdose. These versions may be sold with other prescription pills or heroin.
People misusing the drug may inject, snort, sniff, smoke, or take it orally. Fentanyl patches can be abused when the gel contents are removed to be ingested or injected. Other forms of misuse are freezing patches to cut them into pieces and placing them inside the cheeks or under the tongue.
Continual abuse of fentanyl can have a number of dangerous consequences for an individual. A person’s functioning can be affected in all areas of their life, including at school, the workplace, home, and social life. In addition, the use of fentanyl can also have a negative impact on an individual’s health, including:
Having an oxygen deficiency in the body’s tissues (anoxia)
The onset of new mental illness symptoms or a worsening of existing ones
Behaviors and thoughts related to suicide
Impaired visual acuity
Slowing of gastrointestinal activity
Nasal and mouth dryness
Depending on the individual, fentanyl misuse can lead to a variety of symptoms, including but not limited to the following:
A pattern of frequent absences from work or school
Being unable to handle daily responsibilities
Spending increasing amounts of time obtaining, using, and recovering from the use of fentanyl
Declined interest in things one was once interested in
Euphoria, typically followed by apathy
Similar to other opioids, withdrawal symptoms can occur when fentanyl use is suddenly stopped or reduced significantly. Opioid withdrawal can begin within 12-30 hours of the last dose. Fentanyl withdrawal symptoms, specifically in patch form, increase over the first 24 hours and can last up to 72 hours, with withdrawal starting a day after removing the patch. As the drug leaves the blood system, a person may notice physical symptoms. Within a week, symptoms begin to level off.
Fentanyl detox and withdrawal symptoms may include:
Pain in joints and/or muscles
Body hair standing on end or bristling
Elevated heart rate
Increased respiratory rate
Feelings of intense fentanyl cravings
The risk of overdosing on fentanyl is high. Taking more fentanyl than the body can handle can result in an overdose. The dangers of overdosing on any substance, including fentanyl, are incredibly high, especially since an individual may consume fentanyl without knowing it. An individual exhibiting the following symptoms should receive immediate medical attention:
Cold, clammy, or discolored skin
Breathing that is shallow or labored
An inability to think or speak normally
Inability to walk
It’s impossible to tell if fentanyl has been mixed with another drug without having test strips on hand. This becomes especially difficult when purchased on the street. In many cases, the amount of the opioid added is potentially lethal as it takes only a very small amount of fentanyl to cause an overdose.
A person ingesting the drug who’s unaware of what it contains may experience unexpected symptoms without knowing the heightened medical risks they face.
The desire to quit using fentanyl is a positive start but quitting it abruptly can lead to medical risks. Tapering the amount used through a medically assisted fentanyl detox program is a safer approach.
The timeline for ending use of the drug can vary from person to person based on the length of time taking it, level of dependence, use of other drugs, and any co-occurring mental health disorders.
To help stabilize patients during detox, medications like Suboxone can be administered to reduce withdrawal symptoms. Other common opioid detox medications include methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone.
Detoxing with medical support will ensure your safety and comfort, and it will give you access to ongoing addiction treatment services so you can maintain your sobriety for the long term. Receiving medically supervised fentanyl detox has a range of benefits, including:
Nursing care is offered round-the-clock in a supervised detox environment.
Withdrawal symptoms can be reduced with medication use.
Addiction education and peer support are available to you.
A variety of therapy and counseling services will be available to you.
Support and planning for aftercare will be provided.
Your skills for preventing relapse will improve.
You are much safer at a medically monitored facility like Restored Path Detox. We’ll prescribe antipsychotic drugs and other medications to treat your symptoms should they develop. You’ll be safer from overdose and healthier in the long run with our help.
Call to begin your journey to wellness today.
If you or someone you love has been suffering at the hands of a fentanyl use disorder, Restored Path Detox can help. We will work alongside you to provide the most comprehensive and individualized medically monitored detox program available.