Serenity Lane Portland East Elucidates on Fentanyl Withdrawals
Serenity Lane Portland East, a treatment facility for drug abuse and alcoholism based in Portland, OR, has recently published a blog post that explains what fentanyl withdrawal looks like. It is important to note that these withdrawal symptoms would be similar to the withdrawal symptoms experienced from other opioids. But in general, fentanyl withdrawal symptoms can be quite severe and include: anxiety, agitation, runny nose, sleeplessness, dilated pupils (black centers of the eyes enlarged), cramping, nausea, and vomiting.
One thing that makes fentanyl more dangerous, aside from this drug being much more potent than other opioid drugs, is that it is commonly mixed with other illicit drugs, while the person taking them is unaware of it. This increases the risk of having a fentanyl overdose, which may be fatal.
Treatment for fentanyl withdrawal is medically supported detox, which is the first step in the patient’s journey towards a life free from addiction. Usually, a team of health care professionals will apply a standardized process that has been observed to be the most effective way to attain long-term recovery from fentanyl addiction. These medical professionals are qualified and ready to handle all aspects of the detox process, including withdrawal symptoms and mental health problems that may be present. It is important to note that even if withdrawal symptoms may not be life-threatening, the process may be frightening and painful, making it more difficult for the patient to be willing to stop taking the drug. The favorable result that is expected from detox is that the patient will no longer be at high risk for complications resulting from substance use disorder. While some cravings may still exist, they become manageable because the patient is given all the skills required to achieve long-term recovery.
Meanwhile, a fentanyl overdose can lead to serious health issues, including death. According to the CDC, an overdose can result in slowed down or no breathing. It may also result in brain damage or death. Thus, it is vital to understand the signs and symptoms of a fentanyl overdose, including: cold and either pale or blue skin, unconsciousness, slow breathing, choking or gurgling sounds, being limp, and having small pupils.
And those who are suffering from fentanyl addiction will show a number of symptoms. These include: uncontrollable cravings, inability to stop using fentanyl despite wanting to, sleepiness, weight loss, constant flu-like symptoms, abandoning activities you once enjoyed, isolation from friends and family, financial problems, lack of cleanliness, and poor work performance.
Serenity Lane's team of experienced clinicians wants to emphasize to those who believe that they or their loved one is suffering from fentanyl addiction that they are not alone. While every situation may be unique, those who are suffering from addiction all have the capability to achieve successful recovery. Serenity Lane provides individualized fentanyl treatment programs for every client, and they are committed to assisting every individual throughout their journey toward recovery. Despite recovery being a difficult process, they are dedicated to providing the best quality of care possible for Oregon residents and that every individual has the strength to do it.
Launched in 1973, Serenity Lane is a licensed specialty hospital that offers addiction treatment. All of the programs they provide are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF.) They are the only treatment facility in Oregon fully licensed as a specialty hospital that can offer medically assisted detox. They have launched several new programs over the years, such as residential step-down and outpatient programs that combine outpatient and residential services. They have also been the only provider of the Addiction Counselor Training Program in Oregon and some of their graduates are now providing their services via treatment programs available in different parts of the country.
Those who would like to learn more about the addiction treatment services available from Serenity Lane Portland East, can check out their website or contact them on the telephone or through email. They are open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday.
For more information about Serenity Lane Portland East, contact the company here:
Serenity Lane Portland East
12662 SE Stark, Plaza 125 Bldg. A.
Portland, OR, 97233