Fentanyl Dependency & Addiction Treatment
Fentanyl Withdrawal Treatment Center
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Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid, also known by the brand names Sublimaze, Duragesic, Fentora, Actiq, Subsys, and Abstral. On the street, fentanyl is known as Apache, China White, Crazy One, Butter, Jacket, Fent, and Fenty. It is often created in clandestine labs and often used as a cutting agent for heroin. While heroin is derived from morphine, a natural substance removed from the seed of the opium poppy plant, fentanyl is synthetic and can be 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine.
Fentanyl is a very potent opioid analgesic with a rapid onset and short duration of action. It is a full mu opioid receptor agonist. Historically it has been used to treat breakthrough pain, commonly used in pre-procedures as a pain reliever and as an anesthetic in combination with benzodiazepine. Fentanyl is more potent than morphine and roughly 40 to 50 times more potent than pharmaceutical-grade heroin.
History of fentanyl
Fentanyl was first synthesized by Paul Janssen in 1960 following the medical inception of pethidine several years earlier. Janssen developed fentanyl by assaying analogs of the structurally related drug pethidine for opioid activity.
The widespread use of fentanyl triggered the production of fentanyl citrate, which entered clinical practice in the 1960s as a general anesthetic under the trade name Sublimaze. Following this, many other fentanyl analogs were developed and introduced into medical practice, including sufentanil, alfentanil, remifentanil, and lofentanil.
Fentanyl in the USA
According to the CDC, the number of deaths involving heroin combined with synthetic narcotics has been increasing steadily since 2014. The statistics indicate that the use of fentanyl drives the increase in overdose deaths involving heroin.
Fentanyl-laced counterfeit pills often resemble prescription sedatives and painkillers, such as Xanax and OxyContin. They have also risen in popularity due to their potency producing a cheap high. A lethal dose of fentanyl is just between 2 to 3 milligrams, and many users will use it unknowingly. Unsurprisingly, the CDC has reported fentanyl as the leading drug of the opioid epidemic for overdose deaths across America.
Fentanyl has legally recognized medicinal uses in the United States and is classified as a Schedule II controlled substance by the DEA. Schedule II drugs often have a very high potential for abuse, dependency, and addiction despite their indicated medical uses.
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Effects of fentanyl
Typically a doctor will prescribe fentanyl to patients who need chronic pain relief after surgery, or to those suffering from cancer. If you are physically tolerant to other opioids, you may be prescribed fentanyl to manage severe chronic pain. Prescription fentanyl can be taken as a lozenge or sublingual tablet, as a nasal spray or swab, given as an injectable, or absorbed through the skin in the form of a transdermal patch.
Fentanyl functions in the same manner as other opioids, binding with neurochemical transmitters in the central nervous system to block the transmission of pain signals. It binds to the same brain receptors as endorphins, producing natural feelings of euphoria. With repeated exposure, the human body will quickly adapt to this increased endorphin production by increasing the number of endorphin receptors. However, when our endorphin levels drop, feelings of depression, pain, and physical cravings occur. These neurochemical changes are the central physiological cause of addiction.
Addiction to fentanyl
Someone who takes fentanyl more often than prescribed, or abuses opioids, creates a measurable chemical imbalance in the brain. Initially, using fentanyl may provide a euphoric high, numbing both physical and mental pain.
As more fentanyl or opioids are introduced into the body, the more endorphin receptors are created, which in turn demand more opioids. This is how one builds a tolerance to fentanyl, which inevitably leads to fentanyl dependence (the need to continue taking a drug to avoid fentanyl withdrawal syndrome) and addiction (intense cravings and compulsive drug use).
When you use and abuse narcotics such as fentanyl, the endorphin-receptor balance is physically altered, making it increasingly difficult to feel pleasure from anything besides your drug of choice. It is not a matter of personality or willpower; your brain is changed in a neuro-biophysical manner. Professional treatment, such as Accelerated Neuro-Regulation, is the medically proven answer to reversing the imbalance that drives your dependency or addiction to fentanyl.
Detox from fentanyl
It is worth noting that any traditional detox from fentanyl, whether it be an inpatient program at a rehab facility or a ‘Rapid Detox’ from opioids, does not solve the root of the problem—a biophysical change in the balance of the brain’s endorphin-receptor system.
Instead of merely managing the symptoms associated with withdrawals, Accelerated Neuro-Regulation (ANR) can treat the underlying cause in a clinically proven, effective, and humane manner. ANR is the only medical answer to outdated practices that often keep patients in a perpetual cycle of using, abusing, and relapsing. ANR can help you or your loved one detox from fentanyl without experiencing the painful discomfort associated with fentanyl withdrawal symptoms.
Imagine addiction treatment being as simple as making an appointment, receiving treatment under the care of trained and licensed medical professionals, and being able to resume everyday life within about 30 hours.
One weekend at the ANR Clinic can change the course of an entire future. By targeting the physiological mechanism behind dependency, patients can begin to enjoy life again without the looming fear of an inevitable relapse. You can do this all without missing out on weeknight dinners with family, losing your job, or disrupting your weekly routines.
Fast & rapid detox from fentanyl
During the 1990s, Dr. Andre Waismann, founder of the ANR Clinic and treatment, helped lay the foundation for opioid detox treatment with the development of ‘Rapid Detox’.
Rapid Detox became one of the leading methods for treating addiction symptoms in drug rehab centers and inpatient clinics. Still used today, it utilizes anesthesia to manage the intense symptoms of drug withdrawal. However, Dr. Waismann soon realized that many of these programs implemented ‘Rapid Detox’ without the knowledge to do so safely and effectively. In turn, patients experienced negative rapid detox side effects and did not achieve the desired outcome of permanent sobriety.
In seeking a more advanced solution for his patients, Dr. Waismann developed what is now known as Accelerated Neuro-Regulation treatment (ANR). He saw that detoxification was actually the initial step of recovery, and not the full answer, as removing the opioids from the body does not do anything to treat the brain’s underlying imbalance.
It wasn’t long before Dr. Waismann identified the root of opioid dependency and addiction. Changes to the structure and function of the brain due to addiction may persist for months and, if left untreated, often result in relapse. The root of the problem needs to be resolved to achieve real, lasting results in the treatment of opioid addiction.
As a result, ANR became the only treatment currently addressing the brain’s underlying cause of addiction.
Fentanyl rehabilitation through ANR
ANR restores balance in the brain and restores freedom to patient lives. Recovery from an opioid such as fentanyl is possible without the constant fear of relapse. By evaluating each patient’s endorphin-receptor balance, the ANR method of treatment for opioid withdrawal is tailored to each person’s neuro-biological needs, making it an incredibly effective method of treatment over Rapid Detox.
Accelerated Neuro-Regulation is the most cutting edge scientific answer to address opioid dependency. To date, over 24,000 patients and counting have been successfully treated. By bringing ANR to the United States, Dr. Waismann hopes to help put an end to the current opioid crisis our country is facing. As fentanyl abuse continues to top the charts in opioid-related deaths, ANR is the solution to an otherwise grim future. Doctors using ANR internationally have seen promising patient responses and post-treatment results. The outcomes for patients who receive ANR treatment have been overwhelmingly positive. They continue to support the use of Accelerated Neuro-Regulation as the new standard of care for opioid addiction.
Fentanyl Withdrawal Symptoms
Fentanyl withdrawal is unpleasant and can include anxiety, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. While not normally life-threatening, symptoms of fentanyl withdrawal can certainly be intense and severe. The FDA reports the following as potential side effects of the opioid withdrawal syndrome that occurs when fentanyl leaves the bloodstream:
- Anxiety and agitation
- Sweating or chills
- Runny nose
- Back and muscle aches or weakness
- Stomach cramps
- Body hair standing on end or bristling
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Elevated heart and respiratory rates
Fentanyl Withdrawal Timeline
Fentanyl withdrawal syndrome will usually peak during the first few days and level off within approximately one week. ANR treats fentanyl withdrawal symptoms under anesthesia, allowing the patient to avoid the discomfort and pain of active fentanyl withdrawal. Other opioid addiction treatment options may follow a timeline where symptoms will gradually become lessened over a week.
Fentanyl withdrawal symptoms will vary on a case by case basis depending on the frequency of drug use, dose, and genetics. A timeline for stopping the use of fentanyl, either cold turkey or by tapering, may look like this:
Days 1-2 of fentanyl withdrawal
The first signs of fentanyl withdrawal will surface anywhere within the first eight hours up to two days. Symptoms usually have a rather rapid onset and will typically begin to peak at around 36 hours.
Days 2-4 of fentanyl withdrawal
After the first day and a half of stopping fentanyl, symptoms will be at their strongest but should start to subside after about three days.
Day 5-7 of fentanyl withdrawal
After approximately five days, you should begin to feel an improvement. In some cases, however, it may be weeks before individuals are feeling healthy and able to function normally again.
Ongoing effects of fentanyl withdrawal
Physical symptoms, including sensitivity to pain, may still be present for several weeks or even months. Psychological symptoms, such as cravings, depression, irritability, anxiety, and difficulty sleeping, may also persist beyond the week-long detox. Individuals who use fentanyl for chronic purposes will need to find a different way to manage pain.
One of the greatest advantages of ANR is being able to bypass much of the physical and psychological pain that is inevitable when you decide to stop abusing opioids such as fentanyl. With traditional opioid withdrawal detox, an extended stay is recommended at a residential treatment center, adding more potential stress to an individual’s life as commitments such as family and work will be put on hold. The Accelerated Neuro-Regulation method only requires about a day and a half stay to complete. Instead of potentially weeks of suffering, individuals can begin to return to their daily living, knowing that their endorphin-receptor system is rebalanced and that they no longer need to fear battling a lifelong addiction.
Fentanyl addiction treatment in the US
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Opioid withdrawal develops after the body has become accustomed to a certain level of opioids. Opioids are found in certain prescription pain medications or street drugs like heroin. Symptoms of opioid withdrawal include anxiety, nausea, vomiting, or abdominal pain. Treatment includes supportive care as well as medications to address symptoms and prevent complications.
The most popular available treatment for fentanyl dependency in the United States is medication therapy. Opioid withdrawal syndrome often involves a doctor prescribing methadone, buprenorphine, or naltrexone in a drug detoxification facility or rehab to aid in the tapering or weaning off of a substance like fentanyl. The issue with ‘detoxing’ is that even if done successfully, it leaves the brain and its endorphins in a deregulated state.
Fentanyl rehabilitation through ANR
The ANR procedure itself, including dealing with withdrawal symptoms and the fentanyl addiction treatment, lasts for about five hours. It requires the patient to be hospitalized for about 30 hours. In the US the treatment takes place at Landmark Hospital in Naples, Florida.
Treatment begins with checking into the ANR unit of the hospital. The patients are medically evaluated, undergo full laboratory screening, and a clinical examination before the treatment can commence.
The medical evaluation includes checking various aspects such as:
- Blood pressure
- Electrolyte levels
- Liver functions
- Kidney functions
- Blood count
A patient receives pre-medication during this period to prepare them for the procedure. Once preparations are complete, the patient is placed under total sedation and monitored for four to five hours by the intensive care nurses, anesthesiologists, and Dr. Waismann himself.
During this treatment phase, the body’s opioid receptors are cleansed and blocked with Naltrexone according to the patient’s specific receptor status. The ANR treatment is carefully tailored for each individual.
The patient goes through all their withdrawal symptoms while under sedation. This allows them to be relieved of their opioid dependency without suffering the unpleasant and painful opioid withdrawal symptoms. The process continues until the patient’s endorphin system is balanced, the withdrawal symptoms are eliminated, and there is no more need for sedation. About 4 – 5 hours.
The recovery starts right after the patient is awakened. He or she will continue to be evaluated and observed overnight. The medical staff continues with medical adjustments to the patients’ endorphin-receptor balance during the phase as required.
Patients are asked to remain at the hospital for one or two days after treatment in order to be monitored while they are recovering. The patients at that time receive medical advice and are encouraged to regain their strength while their body continues to return to its natural rate of endorphin production. Patients are then discharged from the hospital free of opioid dependence, to enjoy a normal life without any opioid cravings and the danger of relapse.
Dr. Waismann’s Accelerated Neuroregulation addresses opioid dependency and addiction from a modern scientific and medical perspective. He brought the treatment of opioid addiction into a new era, giving hope to thousands of victims of opioid abuse. At the same time, he destroyed the conventional approach to opioid dependence and addiction treatment that includes replacement therapy, long-term in-house rehabilitation, and detoxification.
Dr. Waismann has replaced traditional rehab with the new standard of opioid dependence and addiction treatment—Accelerated Neuroregulation (ANR). More than 24,000 patients worldwide are witnesses to the uncompromising success and safety standards of ANR.
Fentanyl rehab centres
ANR treatment in the USA is performed at Landmark Hospital, an ultra-modern facility in Naples, Florida. The construction of the 50-bed critical care hospital was finished in 2015. It is equipped with ICU facilities adapted for the ANR procedure, with access to all the relevant medical equipment that might be required for the treatment of even the most complex conditions.
ANR Europe is located in Thun, Switzerland. Work is underway to establish a state-of-the-art facility and train a medical team on the ANR procedure. The idyllic town of Thun is located at the confluence of the Aare River and Lake Thun, 19 miles south of Bern.
ANR Clinic Georgia is located at the New Vision University Hospital in Tbilisi, Georgia. The local team of medical professionals has been extensively trained and supervised by Dr. Waismann.
As the number of facilities that offer fentanyl withdrawal services around the world grows, it is essential to remember that these facilities offer a treatment that is extremely fast and highly efficient. It offers not only relief from the withdrawal symptoms but permanent freedom from the fentanyl dependency. One short stay at the facility ensures that each patient can return home to a healthy life.
Contact ANR Clinic today to learn more about our revolutionary, evidence-based care methods that minimize fentanyl withdrawal symptoms.