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According to the CDC, synthetic opioids like fentanyl are the primary driving cause of overdose deaths in the U.S. The rate of opioid-related overdose deaths rose 38.1 percent between 2020 and 2021.

Fentanyl can be found in many different drugs, including heroin, cocaine, crack, meth, ketamine, and pills from non-medical sources. Because fentanyl is mixed in with other drugs frequently, some people may not even know they are taking anything containing fentanyl.

Fentanyl is highly-potent, and as little as 2 mg of fentanyl can be lethal, depending on a person’s body composition and tolerance to opioids.

Signs Someone Needs A Fentanyl Detox Program

Fentanyl is often misused due to the short-term high and feelings of euphoria it produces.

Someone is likely dependent on fentanyl if they:

  • Continue to abuse fentanyl despite the problems it causes
  • Socially withdrawal
  • Spend more time obtaining, using, and recovering from fentanyl
  • Slurred speech
  • Perform poorly at work or school
  • Are frequently absent from work or school
  • Visit multiple doctors to get more than one prescription for fentanyl at once
  • Forging prescriptions or buying illicit forms of fentanyl

What to Expect During Fentanyl Withdrawal

Due to its high potency, fentanyl withdrawal comes on fast and hits much harder than withdrawal symptoms from other opioid medications.

Once someone ceases taking fentanyl, their body needs time to recover from the lack of the drug in their system. This lack is what causes withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms from fentanyl can happen anytime after short-term or long-term use is stopped or cut back.

Fentanyl Detox and MAT

There has been a lot of controversy in the past about MAT treatments for opioid use disorders. Many people like to argue that this treatment is simply replacing one drug with another. While that may be contextually true, it is not what actually happens.

Many people who have abused opioids for a long time have adjusted to having a high level of opioids, like fentanyl, constantly in their system. When they enroll in a MAT program, the medications act similarly to fentanyl but are much less potent and are combined with opioid blockers.

This does two things; first, it helps to ease withdrawal symptoms by tricking the body into thinking a small (less potent) dose of fentanyl was consumed. And second, the blockers help fill opioid receptors and prevent any further abuse.

Common medication-assisted treatment (MAT) medications include:

  • Buprenorphine
  • Methadone
  • Naloxone
  • Subutex
  • And others

A medical team will help you decide which medications are appropriate for your unique situation to help keep you comfortable and achieve your sobriety goals.

When combined with emotional support such as behavioral therapies, individuals improve their chances of recovering from fentanyl addiction and sustaining a long-lasting recovery.

Co-Occurring Disorders and Behavioral Therapies Used in Fentanyl Detox

Co-occurring mental health disorders frequently appear with fentanyl use disorders. Some examples of mental health disorders that may co-occur with fentanyl misuse include:

  • tobacco use disorder
  • alcohol use disorder
  • stimulant use disorder
  • anxiety disorders
  • depressive episodes
  • post-traumatic stress disorder
  • bipolar disorder
  • borderline personality disorder

To help patients combat multiple disorders, many detox programs will use behavioral health therapies to help reframe someone’s state of mind and improve their quality of life. Behavioral therapies provide healthy coping skills that allow individuals to deal with unhealthy habits in a new way.

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Some examples of behavioral health therapies used in fentanyl detox programs include:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Trauma therapy
  • Individual and group therapy

Fentanyl Withdrawal Timeline

The onset of withdrawal symptoms can occur in as little as three hours after the last dose of fentanyl. Acute withdrawal symptoms come first and tend to be more physical. Generally, it takes seven to ten days until acute withdrawal symptoms dissipate, although this depends on the person. In some cases, it may take less or more time.

After the acute symptoms are resolved, individuals may experience prolonged withdrawal symptoms which tend to be more mental and emotionally based. These symptoms can last up to a month.

What are the Withdrawal Symptoms of Fentanyl?

Withdrawal symptoms from fentanyl tend to be very similar to other opioids. They may seem like a cold or the flu at first glance. Typically, fentanyl withdrawal can be broken into two categories: acute symptoms and late-stage symptoms.

Acute Fentanyl Withdrawal 

Acute withdrawal symptoms from fentanyl may include:

  • agitation
  • anxiety
  • muscle aches
  • increased tearing
  • insomnia
  • runny nose
  • sweating
  • yawning

Long-term Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms 

Once someone overcomes acute fentanyl withdrawal, the late-stage symptoms will set in and may include:

  • abdominal cramping
  • diarrhea
  • dilated pupils
  • goosebumps
  • nausea and vomiting

Painkiller Addiction Detoxing at Home?

If you are dependent on opioid painkillers, the place to start is with a safe and comfortable medical detox at Desert Rose Recovery’s state-of-the-art detox facility. By no means should you attempt to detox yourself at home without a doctors supervision. At best, you’ll be way less comfortable than you would be with us. At worst, it can be potentially dangerous. It’s really never a good idea. Whether you’re thinking about quitting cold turkey or trying to wean yourself off of painkillers—think again. If this was easy to do and sensible, there would be no need for painkiller detoxes in the first place. It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to go the DIY route when you have an expert painkiller detox one phone call away, does it?

Unlike most treatment programs, we provide all of the core ASAM levels of care from beginning to end, here under one program banner. This is a crucial advantage that makes Desert Rose a different caliber of program from most South Florida rehabs. Your care begins at our 5-star opioid detox facility for your utmost comfort and safety. We believe that continuity of care is the key to an effective addiction treatment program. Discharging out of one facility and into another program can be disruptive. With our program, we see you through from day one to completion.

5-Star Alcohol and Drug Detox

At Desert Rose Recovery we know that your time is valuable and you only have a certain amount of it in treatment. We take that commitment very seriously so we make certain that all the time you spend with us is as productive and healing as possible. Another advantage of a truly integrated program like ours is that we get more time to get to know you.

Healing the mind begins with purifying the body and few facilities do this as well as Desert Rose Recovery can. Substance abuse treatment at Desert Rose Recovery begins with our 5-star drug and alcohol detox. Here you benefit from a safe and comfortable medical detox with 24-hour supervision.

Our addiction experts carefully control withdrawal discomfort with state-of-the-art medicines and substance abuse treatment therapies. Because we offer safe and comfortable medical detox as a part of our program, we are able to deliver continuity of care that many less advanced substance abuse treatment programs cannot match.

Finding Peace from Painkiller Addiction

Peace of mind comes from not only moving past the physical and chemical obstacles to quitting opioid painkillers, but by healing the mind and spirit. It might surprise you to know that upwards of 65% of the people who enter treatment for addiction discover that they have a co-occurring psychological disorder like depression. While a painkiller habit may begin innocently enough, people with undiagnosed, untreated mental health disorders may find some form of relief by “self-medicating” with painkillers or other drugs and alcohol.

This is why diagnosing any secondary conditions is key to making sobriety stick. If you don’t know exactly why you became dependent on painkillers and what your triggers are, avoiding relapse can be far more challenging. Many clients see a psychiatrist for the first time in their lives when they admit for chemical dependency treatment. One of the benefits of our fully integrated treatment model is that we get to spend time getting to know you. It means we are in a better position to diagnose and help than perhaps any medical professional you’ve ever worked with. After all, how often do you get to spend this much time being treated? At Desert Rose Recovery, we make sure that time is well-spent.

The Painkiller Addiction Crisis in America

Opioid painkiller addiction began to climb rapidly beginning in the mid-1990s. Before the medical community was fully aware of what was happening there were millions of Americans living with a painkiller addiction through no fault of their own. While awareness of pain killer addiction has increased in the past few decades the problem has far from disappeared. Physicians are much more aware of the risks of painkiller addiction than they were in the past.

However opioid painkiller medications remain one of the most effective tools in pain management. This means that people are still often exposed to the potential risk of painkiller addiction. If you found your way here looking for painkiller addiction treatment, the chances are good that you or someone you love about is living with opioid dependence. The first thing we want you to know is that this is not something to feel shame about. The truth is that millions of Americans have been in the same predicament. The second thing we want you to know is that we understand and we can help. Keep reading to learn how.

Evidence-Based Treatment for Prescription Med Addiction

At its core evidence-based treatment means using the best of what has been proven to produce results. When it’s done well, evidence-based addiction care also means responding to evidence as it appears. One example of this philosophy in action is a personalized addiction treatment plan which not only recognizes your unique needs but which adapts to those needs as they evolve and we learn more about you. For instance, during treatment for painkiller addiction a patient in a dual-diagnosis program might discover a co-occurring mental health disorder. In an evidence-based addiction program the patient’s treatment plan adapts to incorporate the needs and effects of this secondary diagnosis.

That particular element of evidence-based addiction treatment is very important. Of course, the person deserves relief from their depression or anxiety or what have you. But there is another, equally important reason for this you may not have considered. Co-occurring disorders that are not diagnosed and treated properly are of the most common reasons people slip and pick up drugs or alcohol again in an attempt to self-medicate. In summary, evidence-based treatment is informed by real life clinical examples. Perhaps even more importantly it also responds to new information as it appears and is confirmed. This modern type of care produces better outcomes and longer sustained sobriety and, at the end of the day, that is what we want for you or your loved one.

Residential Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment

Our residential painkiller addiction treatment program is where we move into the heart of the matter. With your mind and body clear of the painkillers that brought them out of balance, you are ready to focus on how you became dependent and why. All clients in our evidence-based prescription drug addiction treatment program have a unique treatment plan which evolves with their needs during their stay. Continuous assessment and reevaluation is just one of the elements that makes Desert Rose Recovery special.

During your residential addiction treatment, you will enjoy 24-hour clinical staff on site. One-on one and group therapy along with special groups, plus health and wellness activities that round out a full day of treatment. We offer a standard of care that few programs can equal.

 

Everything we do here is to not only help you heal, but to give you everything you need to continue to progress after you finish our program. To drive that point home, we also offer superb aftercare support and alumni services to help you stay on track after you finish your stay with us.

PHP Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment

Desert Rose Recovery’s Partial Hospitalization Program is the phase of care that directly follows residential inpatient treatment for painkiller dependence. Here we build on the growing you’ve done during your residential treatment. In the PHP phase of care, clients receive a little more schedule flexibility. This allows for recreation, rest and relaxation time which are essential to healing.

Milestones are an important element of recovery. We want for every person we have the privilege to treat to have a sense of accomplishment from the work they do here. Our phased treatment approach reinforces this way of thinking. It also encourages the people we care for to continue setting goals in recovery long after they leave opioid addiction treatment with us.

IOP and OP Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment

After clients complete the Desert Rose Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) they ready to progress to our Intensive Outpatient Program. IOP is the phase where clients begin to spread their wings and exercise newly minted recovery in more real-world situations. A home-like sober living environment helps you learn to apply newfound tools and experience the value of fellowship in recovery.

It has been said that IOP is like the crucible where the steel of new recovery is forged. IOP is often where we find any remaining weak areas that need shoring up before we finish treatment. Outpatient treatment follows the IOP phase and allows clients to stay connected to Desert Rose Recovery while resuming education or career pursuits.

Complete Addiction Treatment at Desert Rose Recovery

At Desert Rose Recovery, our addiction treatment model offers a complete selection of treatment services. All the tools you need to get sober and build recovery in one program. We will help you build the living recovery you need to excel after treatment. The willingness to change and an open mind are the only tools you need to bring with you.

  • Complete care in one program. Detox, Residential, PHP, IOP and OP.
  • Desert Rose’s own 5-star safe and comfortable medical detox
  • Holistic addiction care focused on wellness.
  • Evidence-based residential addiction treatment.
  • Comprehensive aftercare planning and guidance.
  • Robust alumni support program.

Most Insurances Accepted

As Florida’s leader in evidence-based opioid addiction treatment, Desert Rose Recovery works with the majority of private health insurance companies. We regret that we are unable to accept state insurances such as Medicaid or Medicare at this time.

Florida’s Trusted Painkiller Addiction Treatment Provider

Desert Rose Recovery is a complete opioid addiction care program. This means we offer all of the fundamental ASAM levels of care you need right here in one program. We have Joint Commission Accreditation, membership in NAATP, state licensing and are associated with certified recovery residences.

Don’t Let Fear Decide for You

We know beginning addiction treatment can seem frightening for many people. Most of us have had our lives touched by addiction too and we truly do understand. We know the terrain and we can be an invaluable guide in navigating your early recovery and preparing for the challenges that lie ahead. This is what we do best. All that’s required of you is a little trust and willingness and we can make great things happen in your life, together.

Admissions at Desert Rose Recovery

Entering painkiller treatment at Desert Rose is simple. We start with a brief phone assessment (with the person seeking treatment) and insurance check if you decide to use health insurance. Next comes clinical approval by our director. This usually doesn’t take too long. After that, all that’s left is for us to schedule discrete ground transportation to bring you to door to door.

We can send ground transport to any local address, airport, train or bus station. Once you arrive you will see a nurse to check your vitals and get some key information and we’ll begin your medication-assisted opioid detox protocol. Any discomfort, anxiety or insomnia sleeplessness you have will be expertly treated. This is what we do best! Breathe easy. You or your loved one will be in good hands at Desert Rose Recovery from start to finish.

Our admissions process at Desert Rose Recovery is simple:

  • Call us at (855) 866-6992 for an insurance coverage check.
  • Complete a pre-admission phone interview with your admissions coordinator.
  • Get clinical approval for admission to Desert Rose Recovery (this usually happens quickly).
  • Communicate travel plans with your admissions coordinator so we can prepare for your arrival.

All you need for insurance verification is:

  • A health/medical insurance card
  • Your (or the patients) full legal name, date of birth and social security number (or last 4 digits)
  • A telephone (or computer) to submit the information to us.

It’s Time for Recovery

Desert Rose Recovery wants to help you or your loved one take back their life. It’s time to be the person you were always meant to be. All it takes is the courage and willingness to give us a call. Connect to us now and we will help you start the most important journey you’ll ever take. It’s time for your recovery to begin.

Fentanyl Detox Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

With 136 people dying from an opioid overdose daily, there are bound to be questions about fentanyl detoxification.

Can I Detox from Fentanyl at Home?

No. You should never detox at home alone. Suddenly stopping fentanyl can cause a rise in blood pressure and high heart rate, which may cause a stroke or heart attack. A detox program can help combat this with 24/7 medical supervision.

How Long Does Fentanyl Stay in Your System?

Fentanyl is detectable in urine between 24 to 72 hours of the last use. Norfentanyl, a fentanyl metabolite, is detectable in urine 48 to 96 hours after the last use.

Finding Help for Fentanyl Addiction 

Desert Rose Recovery is here to help you or a loved one overcome fentanyl addiction. Don’t wait to start your recovery. Take back control of your life with the assistance of a detox treatment today. Call our helpline or contact us online.

Sources:

Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Fentanyl 

National Library of Medicine; National Center to Biotechnology Information – An analysis of the duration of fentanyl and its metabolites in urine and saliva

MedlinePlus – Opiate and opioid withdrawal

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