Fentanyl Addiction Treatment in Los Angeles

Fentanyl Addiction Treatment in Los Angeles, California

Fentanyl Treatment for Addiction, Detox, and Withdrawal

Longest Running Boutique Treatment Center in Malibu

We have helped people successfully recover from Opioid and Fentanyl Addiction at our Boutique Luxury Malibu Facility since 2007.

Dual Diagnosis Fentanyl Addiction Treatment Center

Dual Diagnosis Rehab is effective for treating Fentanyl Addiction combined with Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, OCD, PTSD, and more.

Safe and Comfortable Inpatient Fentanyl Detox

Our Inpatient Detoxification Program ensures a Safe and Comfortable Detox for Opioid, Heroin, and Fentanyl Withdrawal Symptoms.

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Summit Malibu Fentanyl Treatment in Los Angeles, California offers an inpatient residential program for fentanyl addiction, including safe and comfortable detox for withdrawal symptoms.

The United States has been in the grip of an opioid epidemic for nearly two decades that began in the 1990s with prescription opioids and later escalated to the more powerful and dangerous heroin.

Just when it seemed like things might be getting slightly better, Fentanyl appeared on the streets mixed with heroin and other drugs like meth, cocaine, MDMA, and even fake pressed xanax bars.

Fentanyl is much more potent and deadly than heroin, and it gave new life to the opioid epidemic, resulting in an increase of overdose deaths.

Because fentanyl is so strong, people develop a tolerance and addiction to it more quickly than other opioids, including heroin.

Many people don’t even know they are taking fentanyl because it is often mixed with other illegal drugs on the street to supercharge them.

Other people that step up to using fentanyl from opioids or heroin have developed such a high tolerance that it is the only drug strong enough to suit their needs.

The dangers of fentanyl on the street make it more important than ever to seek treatment for any kind of drug addiction as soon as possible to avoid a fatal overdose.

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What is Fentanyl?

Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid used for treating severe pain. It is so strong it is 50 times stronger than heroin and up to 100 times stronger than morphine, according to the CDC.

Fentanyl comes in two forms:

  • Pharmaceutical Fentanyl (Duragesic, Sublimaze, Actiq)
  • Illegally Manufactured Fentanyl

Pharmaceutical fentanyl is prescribed by doctors for managing severe pain after certain types of surgery, although more often for late stage cancer or end of life patients.

When used in this way, it is usually prescribed as a patch that is worn on the arm or in oral lozenges.

Illegal Fentanyl is generally manufactured in labs in China or Mexico and brought across the border in a powder, liquid, spray, or pill form, as well as mixed into other drugs to be sold on the black market.

Because illicit fentanyl is unregulated, there is no oversight or standardization, making it inconsistent and even more dangerous.

Fentanyl is a Schedule II controlled substance with a high potential for abuse and addiction. The most powerful analog of the drug is Carfentanil, which is used as an elephant tranquilizer and is up to 100 times stronger than fentanyl.

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Fentanyl Side Effects

Since the drug is an opioid, the typical Fentanyl side effects are the same as other opiates like oxycodone, hydrocodone, and heroin.

Common Fentanyl Side Effects include:

  • Intense euphoria and pleasure
  • Strong pain relief
  • Calm and relaxed mental state
  • Increased drowsiness
  • Constricted pupils
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Loss of appetite
  • Constipation
  • Slow or shallow breathing
  • Sweating more than usual
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Overdose

Some of these side effects are pleasurable and make fentanyl an attractive substance for people who need to cope with physical or emotional pain.

Fentanyl is also highly addictive and users quickly develop a tolerance requiring more of the drug to feel the same effects they experienced when they first started using it.

A common progression for many opioid addicts begins with a painkiller like Vicodin or oxycodone prescribed by a doctor. When the prescription runs out, they continue to crave the effects of the drug and look for it elsewhere.

Painkillers on the street can be expensive and hard to get, so some users move up to using heroin to get a fix. This is how the opioid epidemic grew to be such a big problem.

The drug cartels seized on the opportunity to satisfy the market for opioids and heroin. They started producing fentanyl because cheaper and smaller quantities of a more powerful drug are more profitable and much easier to smuggle across the border distribute.

Soon, fentanyl began showing up everywhere, and so did the overdoses.

Fentanyl Overdose

Statistics from the CDC show the United States had more than 100,000 drug overdose deaths from April 2020 to April 2021. This is an increase of 28% over the previous year.

Many of these overdose deaths were caused by a range of drugs including cocaine, methamphetamine, opioids, and heroin. Fentanyl saw the highest increases, and many times it was mixed into other drugs.

Three-fourths of these deaths were related to opioid overdoses and fentanyl is now a factor in over 50% of all overdose deaths today.

When fentanyl first hit the streets, it was used to make other drugs more powerful so they could be sold in smaller quantities at increased profit margins.

In the beginning, most of the drug dealers and users were unaware the cocaine or heroin they were selling or buying had fentanyl mixed in. This lead to an increase in fentanyl overdoses as users were expecting to be taking straight cocaine, heroin, or meth, and were unprepared for the strong side effects.

The only way to know for certain is test every batch using fentanyl test strips, but those can be expensive and they can’t tell the strength of the drug.

Over time, everyone from dealers to users realized that fentanyl was the main ingredient that made these drugs coveted and a demand for fentanyl by itself was created.

It is unknown how many people may be addicted to fentanyl today, but many have called its widespread use the next wave of the opioid epidemic.

Narcan (Naloxone) has been used as an antidote for opioid and heroin overdoses, but because fentanyl is so much more powerful, it has proven to be ineffective for reviving many overdose victims.

The dangerous nature of fentanyl and its high potential for fatal overdose should be enough to scare many people to seek addiction treatment.

Fentanyl Treatment for Addiction in Los Angeles at Summit Malibu

Summit Malibu takes pride in offering our clients a private, luxury residence and holistic healing environment for treating fentanyl addiction.

Like with heroin and all opioids, our goal is to heal the Mind, Body, and Soul for a lasting and successful recovery.

As the longest running boutique treatment center in Malibu, we know what it takes to change your life for the better.

Our fentanyl treatment program begins with an extensive assessment of each client’s physical and mental health when they enter our residence.

We create an individualized treatment plan that is unique for each person and specifically designed for his or her personal needs.

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Inpatient Fentanyl Detox

Most people begin with our inpatient drug detox program. Detox and withdrawal from fentanyl is not as dangerous as other substances like alcohol or benzos, although it is usually much more painful and uncomfortable.

Many people are so afraid of opioid or fentanyl withdrawal that they continue using just to avoid the symptoms caused by quitting.

The Summit Malibu fentanyl detox program provides concierge-level monitoring by highly trained medical professionals and staff to ensure the highest quality of care and comfort for all of our residents.

Fentanyl withdrawal usually begins soon after stopping all use and tapers off after a week or so. The duration of the detox process will depend on various factors, and each person’s comfort and safety is our main priority during detox.

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After withdrawal symptoms subside and detox has been completed, we focus on the reasons each person may be struggling with addiction and begin working on the recovery plan.

Since every client is different with their own personal circumstances, we create a personalized treatment plan that best suits his or her needs.

Addressing the physical and mental symptoms of addiction is only one phase of treatment. We also help each client put their life back together while teaching relapse prevention techniques that can be used long after they leave our facility.

Most health and medical organizations believe behavioral therapies combined with Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) have shown to be the most effective ways for successfully recovering from addiction to opioids, heroin, and fentanyl.

All of our addiction therapists are trained in evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapies and our medical team is board certified in addiction and psychiatry to offer effective medication management when necessary.

Even though we are a non 12 step rehab treatment facility, we have found that a holistic mind and body approach is necessary for the overall healing and recovery process. Spirituality and alternative methods are also helpful for many people.

All of our clients have access to a yoga instructor three times a week, a spiritualist, and an art therapist to add an additional healing element to recovery.

Our comprehensive holistic program has helped many people overcome opioid and fentanyl addiction.

The admissions team at Summit Malibu is available to answer any questions you might have about how our program will help you begin a new and healthy life right now.

To learn more about our Fentanyl Treatment in Los Angeles, California, call us at (310) 742-1882

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