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Medically reviewed by Jennifer Strong, LMHC

Written by Tampa Bay Recovery staff
Updated on August 13, 2023


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Fentanyl rehab often makes the news these days because of the alarming number of people who become addicted to this drug. Whether a person begins abusing a pharmaceutical version or illegally manufactured fentanyl, addiction can happen quickly and destroy a person’s life. Enrolling can make the difference between turning a person’s life around or descending further into the depths of addiction and risking death.

What Is Fentanyl?

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid drug that has been making the news a lot in the past several years. This is because of the high potential for addiction to this drug which causes a person to need fentanyl rehab to overcome it. Fentanyl was developed in 1959 and its use as an intravenous anesthetic began in the 1960s. Fentanyl comes in two forms. The first is in prescription medications used to treat pain. Doctors prescribe it for people who experience pain that cannot be helped by using other drugs, after surgery, or for chronic or long-term illnesses.

FDA-approved prescriptions for fentanyl come in several forms. These include tablets, nasal sprays, sublingual sprays, transdermal patches, lozenges, and injectable formulations. Common prescription names include Actiq, Duragesic, and Sublimaze.

The other type of fentanyl people consume is illegally manufactured and sold. This type of fentanyl is produced in the form of tablets or a powder.

Street names for fentanyl include:

  • China Girl
  • China Town
  • Dance Fever
  • Goodfellas
  • Great Bear
  • Jackpot
  • King Ivory
  • Murder 8

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Signs and Symptoms of Fentanyl Addiction

When someone becomes addicted to fentanyl, they begin to exhibit signs and symptoms. While not everyone experiences the exact same signs, common ones include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Shakiness
  • Difficulty with coordination
  • Paranoia
  • Delusions
  • Depression
  • Moodiness
  • Hallucinations

Additionally, someone in need of fentanyl rehab will experience behavioral signs of their addiction. These can include:

  • Spending a large amount of money on fentanyl
  • Using someone else’s prescription
  • Doctor shopping (visiting more than one doctor to get several prescriptions)
  • Difficulty meeting obligations at school, work, and home.
  • Isolating from loved ones
  • Increasing the amount taken due to developing a tolerance
  • Trying to stop using fentanyl but being unable to do so
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when unable to obtain the drug

How Do I Know I Need Fentanyl Rehab?

Many people who have a mental health disorder, such as anxiety, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder, can develop a substance use disorder. This is because they begin to abuse drugs or alcohol in order to help ease the symptoms of their mental illness. The effort to try to cope and make life easier instead turns into complicating the situation. In this case, the person may develop a dual diagnosis

This is when both a substance use disorder and a mental health disorder co-occur. Many fentanyl rehabs can treat dual diagnosis, which allows the person to gain control over both conditions. For a lot of people, part of the reason they develop an addiction lies in their genetics. 

Families can pass down genes that predispose them to become addicted to substances. This is similar to the way the chances someone will develop certain mental illnesses increase when other family members have them. For many people, fentanyl use starts out as recreational use. They may have their own prescriptions, use another person’s, or purchase the drug illegally. Similar to alcohol and other narcotics, it can be easy for a person to assume they will just use fentanyl a few times to relax and enjoy themselves. Because opioid addiction can happen fairly quickly, these individuals risk losing control of their consumption.

The Dangers of Abusing Fentanyl

It can be easy for someone who uses prescription fentanyl to assume it must be safe because it was prescribed by a physician. The reality is that anyone can develop an addiction to this drug. 

In fact, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that fentanyl is up to 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine. 

Because of this danger, it contributes to overdoses and overdose deaths at alarming numbers. Illegally manufactured fentanyl can be dangerous for additional reasons.

 Manufacturers sometimes combine fentanyl with cocaine, heroin, or other dangerous substances. A person consuming it cannot know what all the ingredients are and what strength they are, which contributes to many dangerous outcomes. In fact, more overdoses happen with illegally manufactured fentanyl than with prescription forms. 

The CDC states that over 150 people die from overdoses related to synthetic opioids, including fentanyl, every day. In the U.S., three million people have an opioid use disorder, with fentanyl accounting for many of these cases.

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Do I Need Fentanyl Rehab?

Anytime someone becomes addicted to drugs or alcohol, they risk not being able to understand how serious their situation has become. If you suspect you may have a problem abusing fentanyl, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do I take a larger amount of my prescription than directed?
  • Do I hide my usage from loved ones or medical staff?
  • Do I take fentanyl prescribed to someone else?
  • Do I obtain illegally manufactured fentanyl?
  • Do I experience negative physical and mental health symptoms due to my fentanyl usage?
  • Have I tried to stop taking fentanyl and cannot do it?
  • Do I experience withdrawal symptoms when I’m out of the drug or take a lower dosage?
  • Have my family or friends expressed concern about my drug usage?
  • Do I feel like I cannot get through the day without using fentanyl?

If you answer yes to two or more of these questions, you may need fentanyl rehab. If so, it’s important to talk to a doctor, therapist, or treatment center to discuss your condition and the options available for treatment.

How Does Fentanyl Rehab Work?

When a person attends drug rehab in Tampa, they receive multi-disciplinary care that includes several types of therapy. This includes individual therapy, which provides the person with a safe place to talk privately about their addiction. They learn to understand the source of it and how to overcome it. 

Group therapy and family therapy also provide building blocks to help the individual overcome their fentanyl addiction. Medication-assisted treatment can help people who struggle with opioid abuse. In addition, holistic drug rehab can prove effective through the use of activities like yoga, acupuncture, meditation, and more. Each person will be evaluated to understand their specific needs. From there, a treatment plan can be formed that identifies which therapies will work best for them.

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Fentanyl addiction stops a person from living the life they deserve and affects both their physical and mental health. Tampa Bay Recovery Center offers several types of outpatient programs that help you overcome addiction. We provide fentanyl rehab using evidence-based methods taught by expert clinicians trained to treat people who experience substance use disorders. We meet you where you are in your addiction and help to design a plan to get sober and learn to stay that way.

If you would like more information about our fentanyl rehab, visit our admissions page now. Our friendly staff can answer any questions you have.

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