How to Get Off Fentanyl: A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting Into Recovery

how to get off fentanyl

Fentanyl is a synthetic narcotic that is known to have a high risk of addiction and kills over 30,000 people per year. Statistics have been on a steady incline since the drug was developed in 1959.

Are you or someone you know addicted to this deadly opioid? Act now, as there is no time to waste with such a serious addiction. If you want to know how to get off fentanyl, read on and reach out! 

How to Get Off Fentanyl

The pharmaceutical drug fentanyl is a highly addictive painkiller that is stronger than morphine. One may get addicted to fentanyl after being prescribed it or trying it illegally. The addiction is serious and often requires professional help at a Florida rehab center.

Street names include friend and dance fever. When prescribed by a doctor, fentanyl comes as a lozenge, patch, or given as a shot for extreme pain typically after surgery. When fentanyl is bought on the street it can come in a wider variety of forms such as pills. powders, and mixed with other drugs such as heroin, MDMA, or cocaine.

Signs of Addiction

There are many ways that drug addiction can show itself such as taking pharmaceuticals more often than recommended by a doctor and when you do not need them. Needing a larger dose than recommended to “feel” it. Pushing away friends and family who may not approve of a habit, and isolating oneself to avoid them noticing the addiction.

Addiction is not always obvious from the outside and can be a painful reality for the abuser and those close to them to face. Fentanyl abuse shows itself in more obvious ways than other addictions because of the inability to control cravings. Physical signs of a fentanyl addiction may include sweating, small pupils, anxiety, constipation, rapid weight gain, and shallow breathing.

Cutting Ties and Changing Habits

Drug addictions link everyday activities with the thoughts and/or actions of getting high. Certain experiences, smells, sounds, and even times of day can be triggers for wanting to take more.

A large part of going through recovery is learning how to change habits and deal with triggers. Talking about the addiction and having a support system will help to form new healthy habits and stick to them.

Steps of Recovery

There are 12 basic steps to recovery, here are a few of those steps:

  • Acknowledgment that there is a problem
  • Acceptance of yourself
  • Educating yourself
  • Detoxing the body
  • Starting recovery treatment
  • Continuous aftercare

Withdrawl from fentanyl can be very uncomfortable, just as with any other opioid addiction treatment. After 1-2 weeks, withdrawal symptoms begin to fade, and the body/mind can begin to recover.

Types of Treatment

Immediate treatment is available by going to the emergency room at any hospital. Recovery treatment facilities are also there to help at any time of day. The type of treatment that an opioid addict receives at a treatment facility may depend on the individual and the severity of the addiction. 

Treatments can range from medical detox to residential therapies, inpatient addiction treatment, and extended programs. The length of treatment programs ranges anywhere from a few weeks to a month, with extended care up to several months.  

Get Help

Living with serious drug addiction is tough, but there are people that can help. Learning how to get off fentanyl is just 12 steps away.

Pathways Florida Treatment and Recovery Center can help you or your loved one get on a better path. Call today.