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Fentanyl Withdrawal Symptoms

young distraught woman seated on floor leaning against wall in brightly lit room with her head in her hands experiencing fentanyl withdrawal symptoms.

Opioids are strong and powerful drugs. Fentanyl use is on the rise and is often combined with other drugs to create types of “super” drugs that, in many cases, users are unaware they are even taking. The effects of fentanyl take hold quickly, and addiction can happen faster than with other drugs. Once addicted, stopping the drug use can be very hard. Knowing what fentanyl withdrawal symptoms look like can allow you to help someone you care about get the help they need for a substance use disorder.

Contact The Arbor Behavioral Healthcare today at 844.413.2690 for more information on fentanyl withdrawal signs and fentanyl addiction treatment.

What Are Signs of Fentanyl Addiction?

Before understanding what withdrawal symptoms look like, it’s essential to recognize the signs of addiction in the first place. Addiction happens quickly with fentanyl, so the signs can easily be overlooked if you are not looking for them.

Signs of addiction to fentanyl include physical, mental, and emotional symptoms, such as:

  • Avoiding responsibilities at home, work, or school
  • Withdrawal and isolation from those they are close to
  • Uncharacteristic depression
  • Lack of hygiene
  • Thoughts of self-harm or suicide
  • Making poor judgment calls
  • Memory loss
  • Extreme lethargy

More obvious physical signs include drug paraphernalia or track marks on the skin, and should be taken very seriously. If you notice any signs of addiction, you should seek professional help for your loved one right away.

Fentanyl Withdrawal Symptoms and Timeline

Signs of withdrawal can set in as soon as hours after the user stops using the drug. Withdrawing on one’s own can be difficult without medical intervention to help with managing the symptoms. Enrolling in a structured detox program at a drug treatment center will provide the support needed to safely withdraw from fentanyl use.

Fentanyl withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever or chills
  • Extreme sweating
  • High blood pressure
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Tremors or muscle spasms
  • Anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Trouble sleeping

Without the proper support to safely manage these withdrawal symptoms, relapse is all too common.

Fentanyl Rehab Options at The Arbor

Once withdrawal is complete, therapy can begin to treat the addiction and pave the way forward to a productive and healthy life free of drugs. Identifying the cause of the addiction is a significant focus of therapy. Therapies will help to build a strong mental and physical state of mind for lifelong recovery. Treatment includes a combination of traditional and experiential therapies for the most holistic treatment approach possible.

Each client receives a customized treatment plan unique to them and their needs. Therapeutic professionals lead clients through therapy alongside peers who are going through similar experiences. Family is also integral to the treatment experience and the sober support network going forward. Clients learn coping tools to live a healthy life after rehab and outside of rehab. The goal is lifelong sobriety for all.

Get Started with Fentanyl Addiction Treatment at The Arbor Today

The Arbor offers different rehab options depending on a client’s unique and individual needs. Inpatient and outpatient options are available. When it comes to getting treatment for an addiction to fentanyl, residential care may be needed to manage fentanyl withdrawal. Because withdrawal symptoms can be extreme, being in an environment that has all the support and resources needed—around the clock—can be the best course of treatment.

The Arbor offers residential care, an intensive outpatient program (IOP), sober living options, dual diagnosis treatment, art and equine therapy, relapse prevention, and recreational activities, in addition to evidence-based therapeutic approaches like cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT).

Call The Arbor today at 844.413.2690 or reach out online to get the information you need to help someone you care about overcome an addiction to fentanyl.