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Into Action Recovery Centers works closely with clients who may have experienced fentanyl exposure while consuming opioid drugs. Fentanyl is a powerful medical painkiller that is most commonly found mixed with other opioid drugs such as heroin. Most people do not seek out fentanyl directly but encounter it unexpectedly when they take other drugs. Nonetheless, fentanyl is highly addictive and, in many cases, can lead to severe, possibly life-threatening medical complications.

The Dangers of Fentanyl

Because fentanyl is so potent, it can have significant side effects when taken unexpectedly inside other drugs. Side effects can include shallow breathing, lightheadedness or lethargy, and unconsciousness.

It’s important to be able to distinguish the signs of a fentanyl overdose, as overdoses must be treated quickly as they can lead to complications with breathing, heart rate, and brain functioning. Signs of fentanyl overdose can include weakness, confusion, difficulty breathing, a low heart rate, and feeling dizzy or confused. If you suspect someone you know is experiencing a fentanyl overdose, get emergency help immediately.

Treatment Programs For Fentanyl Addiction

Since many people unexpectedly take fentanyl when it is mixed into other drugs, treatment for fentanyl withdrawal will begin with a medical detoxification program designed to help the body recover from addiction, often to opioids. This process can be uncomfortable but, under a doctor’s supervision, is typically safe.

Our compassionate and experienced staff can assist people struggling with fentanyl and other types of opioid addiction through a comprehensive set of treatment programs, from medically supervised detox to long-term residential care to ongoing outpatient and aftercare support. We are here for our clients through each step in the recovery process and pride ourselves on offering free aftercare services to our program graduates, as well as a robust and active alumni network.

Because fentanyl is such a powerful and dangerous drug, we strongly advise anyone struggling with a fentanyl or related opioid addiction to seek help as soon as possible. It’s often very difficult, if not impossible, to determine whether fentanyl is contained within common opioid drugs like heroin and even small amounts of the drug can lead to the risk of overdose or other complications. Don’t gamble with your health or your life—seek treatment for a fentanyl addiction right away.

If you or a loved one are struggling with fentanyl or opioid addiction, please contact us or your health care provider today to get help. If you are unable to afford our services, we can help find you an alternate source of treatment quickly and effectively.

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