Carfentanil Addiction Treatment and Rehab

Carfentanil is a synthetic opioid that is similar to, but 1,000 times more powerful than, fentanyl. Carfentanil is known to be used by veterinarians to sedate elephants and other large mammals. The drug is also 10,000 times more powerful than morphine. While the potent tranquilizer is not approved for use in humans, people have begun to mix it in with other substances and the results can be deadly.

Listed as a Schedule II substance, carfentanil is distributed by drug dealers throughout the country, and is mixed into other substances. The drug can be consumed in different forms like a tablet, powder or spray. Carfentanil can also be absorbed through the skin and through inhaling, making it risky for first responders who come into contact with an overdose victim. This means that a person who comes in contact with the substance can face negative side effects as well if they are not careful.

Carfentanil can be difficult to identify, as it is clear, odorless and highly soluble in water. The unremarkable nature of carfentanil makes it convenient for drug dealers to cut it into other drugs, in order to increase the base drug’s volume and provide a potentially stronger high. However, the symptoms that come with being exposed to carfentanil are, on the other hand, easy to identify and can appear within minutes. These symptoms include clammy skin, respiratory difficulties, disorientation, pinpoint pupils and drowsiness.
While people may not intentionally consume carfentanil by itself, the drug is commonly mixed with other drugs without a person’s knowledge. In order to avoid the deadly consequences of ingesting carfentanil, the best method is to treat current drug addictions, thus completely eliminating the chance of accidentally consuming carfentanil. Enrolling at a treatment facility can enable someone to complete a medical detox, learning different techniques to manage an addiction, and provide access to beneficial resources that can make a person’s transition back into their community easier.
At a treatment facility, the body must be cleared of any drug that may be still in its system. When a patient is enrolled in a treatment program, a medical detox is the crucial first step in the recovery process. It is important for individuals to detox under the care of medical professionals as they will be able to assist them with withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms can include increased heart rate, dilated pupils, goosebumps, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting. Physicians can taper a patient off  the drug at a steady rate and may incorporate taper medications as part of their care plan. Instead of the symptoms coming in small waves, they have the potential to occur simultaneously when the drug is no longer consumed. This is why having a medical professional alongside a patient detoxing from drugs is the safer option.

As an at-home detox can be life-threatening, receiving medical detox care from licensed doctors will also reduce the risk of setbacks  occurring. Doctors also have the authority to administer certain medications to ease withdrawal symptoms during detox. Detoxing at a treatment facility allows for constant supervision and provides a safe environment for the patient during an uncomfortable part of the recovery process.

Once a detox is complete, each patient goes through an assessment. This allows a treatment team to discover the severity of the substance use disorder and determine the best treatment program for them. This initial intake survey also allows the treatment staff to determine if there are any co-occurring disorders that need to be addressed during the treatment process.

Once the assessment and detox processes are complete, patients will then enter their rehabilitation program. When the  rehabilitation program is complete, the patient’s treatment team then assists them in aftercare where they prepare to transition back to life in their community and learn to apply their newly learned coping skills. This can occur in sober-living housing, support groups or scheduled therapy sessions.

The Recovery Village offers an effective treatment approach through inpatient care. During inpatient treatment, patients are required to live at the facility to receive around-the-clock care and supervision. The amount of time that is spent at the facility varies on the severity of the patient’s addiction, the length of addiction and the regular dosage.

During this time, patients participate in individual and group counseling sessions. Patients also participate in daily therapeutic activities . This kind of care can be most beneficial to patients who have a severe addiction because they will have medical staff providing constant guidance and supervision while they manage their withdrawal; support that they may not have at home.

While it does not include 24-hour support, outpatient treatment is available for individuals looking to get help for addiction. During outpatient treatment, patients come in for regularly scheduled follow-up appointments with medical staff and individual or group counseling sessions.

Outpatient treatment might also be more beneficial to those who do not have the ability to take a leave of absence from their jobs or for people who cannot step away for a brief period of time from their home life and responsibilities. This allows patients to interact with one another and have the opportunity to receive support from the treatment staff while being able to attend to other life duties.

The Recovery Village has numerous locations across the country that can assist with drug addiction treatment. The Recovery Village locations include:

Each program at every facility offers an individualized experience to the patient and is tailored specifically to each of their needs. These programs allow an addiction to be treated effectively depending on the severity of it. Programs include:

  • Inpatient
  • Outpatient
  • Intensive Inpatient
  • Intensive Outpatient
  • Partial Hospitalization
  • Aftercare

If you or a loved one struggle with a drug addiction, call The Recovery Village today. Each telephone call is free and confidential. Representatives are available to answer any questions you may have regarding locations, programs and insurance providers. There is no obligation to enroll, but information is available to those who would like to learn more about The Recovery Village and what treatment can entail. Don’t wait, call The Recovery Village today to start on your road to a drug-free life.


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