Fentanyl Addiction Symptoms & Signs of Overdose
Due to the fact that fentanyl is a painkiller that numbs the senses, it can be difficult to have the mental awareness to notice an addiction is forming. Prescription medications including fentanyl — such as Actiq®, Sublimaze®, Duragesic® — can subtly lead to addiction without the user realizing it, as they may believe they are merely following their doctor’s orders. The same is true of fentanyl patches, which act similarly to a nicotine patch and can be abused intentionally or inadvertently. It might be up to family members and loved ones to notice the changes in a fentanyl addict’s behaviors and decide to take action for them.
Fentanyl addiction can be characterized by:
- Low energy levels
- Anxiety attacks
- Slurred speech
- Persistent nausea
- Major depression
It is also possible for someone to overdose on fentanyl but still keep consciousness. It is crucial to call 911 and get immediate medical assistance if you suspect you or someone else is experiencing an overdose of fentanyl, which could rapidly cause a fatality if untreated.
Signs of a fentanyl overdose include:
- Extremely contracted pupils
- Dizziness, nausea, and confusion
- Hypotension (low blood pressure)
- Blue lips and nails
- Inability to keep head up
- Declining pulse
Someone overdosing on fentanyl may not be aware they took any fentanyl at all due to the fact that heroin is often laced with fentanyl that was never mentioned or measured. Emergency medical responders often need to use multiple injections of Narcan to counteract the rapid overdose symptoms caused by fentanyl.
How The Carter Treatment Center Helps with Addiction
Everyone is a unique person with one-of-a-kind needs and personality. While this should be obvious, many treatment centers fail to realize as much and try to wedge their patients into singular, cookie-cutter recovery programs. This is not the case at The Carter Treatment Center in Cumming.
We take the time to get to know you and the details of your life that led to your fentanyl addiction. We offer a variety of alternative treatment methods — from adventure therapy and aromatherapy to equine-assisted therapy and meditation. During a friendly and supportive consultation with a member of our team, we can discuss the options you believe may benefit you and go from there. Together, we can find the strength to defeat fentanyl addiction before it causes even more health problems and pain in your life.
The Carter Treatment Center is located in Suwanee and Cumming, Georgia. We are known for helping people defeat drug addiction in Alpharetta, Canton, Dawsonville, Milton, Johns Creek, Gainesville, Roswell, Duluth, Buford, Lawrenceville, Peachtree Corners, and Gwinnett County. Would you like to know more? Contact us today or call (678) 737-4430.