Learn more about the potential dangers of fentanyl use and how to get treatment for fentanyl addiction at Horizon Treatment Services.
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid for pain management, anaesthesia, and sedation. It is a Schedule II prescription drug classified as a controlled substance due to its potential for misuse and addiction. This opioid is estimated to be 50-100 times more potent than morphine and 50 times more powerful than heroin. It binds to the mu-opioid receptors in the brain and spinal cord, which are responsible for transmitting pain signals throughout the body.1
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Fentanyl misuse has become a growing problem in recent years, with some individuals using the drug recreationally or as a cheaper substitute for other opioids. Illicitly manufactured fentanyl has also significantly contributed to the opioid epidemic in the United States, as it can be much stronger and more dangerous than pharmaceutical-grade fentanyl.2
However, these mixtures can be highly unpredictable due to the many varying types of combinations people may create, and users may not know they are taking this specific substance. Some of the potential dangers of cutting substances include overdose, developing a substance use disorder (SUD), increased risk of death, and respiratory problems.
Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, have been shown to increase the likelihood of substance use disorder (SUD) to opioids later in life. It’s important to educate others on what can happen, as well as provide support for the root of any childhood experiences that may have led to substance misuse later in life.
Horizon Treatment Services recognizes the importance of ACEs and is here to help support patients as they go through their recovery journey.
Horizon Treatment Services provides peer support services, such as 12-step programs, to help individuals in recovery connect with others who have gone through similar experiences. The specific treatment program that is best for an individual with fentanyl addiction may depend on several factors, including the severity of their addiction, their medical history, and their personal preferences. Working with a healthcare provider or addiction treatment professional is important to determine the best treatment plan for an individual’s unique needs.
Horizon Treatment Services is here to help educate and provide care for those who may need help with substance use disorders. It’s important to realize how ACEs, substance use disorder, and any co-occurring disorders may affect us. Get the help you need today by reaching out to us.