Fentanyl withdrawl symptoms can vary from person to person, but increase in severity as tolerance is built up over time. When someone is using a harmful drug like fentanyl recreationally, there is a high probability they will become addicted. The real problem with fentanyl is that many people who use it, don’t really know they are using it. Reason being is that drugs are commonly contaminated with fentanyl, either intentionally or not. Fentanyl is highly addictive and the withdrawl can be worse than opioids like heroin.
Fentanyl Withdrawl Starts to Kick in Before It is Completely Out of the Body – Withdrawal Can be a Medical Emergency
Fentanyl withdrawal occurs when someone who has used fentanyl on a regular basis either cuts down, stops taking the drug or obtains less pure fentanyl than previously. Since fentanyl is often used as a filler in other drugs, withdrawl can also happen if the user’s drug of choice contains less fentanyl than it did before. Fentanyl has such a short half-life that symptoms of withdrawal can occur even when it is still in the body. These symptoms can be very serious and may become a medical emergency.
Physical and Psychological Fentanyl Withdrawal Symptoms
Fentanyl has a variety of physical and psychological symptoms that become more intense as a longer period of time goes by where the drug has not entered the body. These symptoms also make the lives of the fentanyl addict, their friends and family more difficult. Using more of the drug, more frequently may be done to avoid withdrawl. Primary symptoms of fentanyl withdrawal may include:
- Agitation and angry behavior
- Muscle pain and cramps
- Insomnia and restlessness
- Nausea and vomiting
- Rapid heart rate
Withdrawl is Unpleasant – Addicts May Substitute Fentanyl / Any Drug for Another to Avoid Withdrawl
Sometimes when addicts are cutting down or are trying to quit by abstaining from fentanyl or another drug, they will resort to using other drugs to try and fill the void. This can lead to addictions with multiple substances and create even more havoc to the body. Replacing one drug for another is not the answer. Entering into recovery is the best solution to treat a drug addiction.
PAW Symptoms (Post Acute Withdrawl Symptoms) – Build a Strong Network for Successful Addiction Recovery
Even after the initial withdrawl symptoms have passes, drug cravings, depression, suicidal thoughts and many other physical symptoms and feelings may arise. These are often referred to as PAW symptoms (post acute withdrawl symptoms) and may last for up to 2 years. This can be a difficult time in someone’s recovery but with a good support network and the help of an experienced recovery aftercare team, living clean and sober is possible.
Fentanyl Withdrawl Symptoms, Entering Detox and Treatment
Fentanyl withdrawl symptoms are tough to beat and require medical detox. Upon detox completion, entering into a drug rehab program will give you or someone you love a new chance at living life alcohol and drug free. Everyone deserves love, compassion and care. At West Coast Wellness Centre for Women, “We love you until you can love yourself.” We sincerely mean that. You are not alone and we can help you or a loved one recover from addiction, rebuild self esteem and get get a new lease on life. Call us at 1-800-801-8354.