Fentanyl Rehabilitation & Recovery Treatment Centre Melbourne, Victoria

Addiction to prescription medication can be just as debilitating as addiction to street drugs. Just like with other drugs, dependence develops at different rates with some people using daily from the start and others letting periods of time elapse between doses.

Every addict’s path into addiction varies. This is a complex disease with many underlying layers which coupled together with trauma, abuse, depression and anxiety make it difficult to diagnose and treat without effective residential care.

Harm Caused by Fentanyl

Physical

  • Severe gastrointestinal problems, including bowel obstruction and perforation.
  • Weakened immune system.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Changes in the brain chemistry – short term
  • Changes in the structure and function of the brain – long term
  • Neglecting personal hygiene
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Unhealthy eating habits/malnutrition
  • Cravings
  • Tolerance

Psychological

  • Memory loss and reduced intellectual capacity
  • Triggers
  • Paranoia
  • Compulsion
  • Obsession
  • Lying to yourself/denial

Emotional

  • Apathy /Exhaustion
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Aggression
  • Memory loss
  • Mood Swings
  • Fear
  • Loneliness

 

Social

  • Potential increase in risky behaviour
  • Lack of interest in activities once enjoyed
  • Lack of interest in work/school
  • Lack of interest and ability in maintain relationships/friendships
  • Damaged relationships with family members
  • Isolation
  • Lying to others

Spiritual

  • Damaged self-esteem and self-worth
  • Damaged relationship with self
  • Lack of interest in life
  • Inability to function in life without the drug
  • Continued use despite negative consequences

The Best Fentanyl addiction Treatment in Melbourne – The Hader Clinic

In response to this epidemic, the Hader Clinic has developed a specialist Ice drug rehab, guaranteeing the complex needs of these clients are met. Moreover, this approach maximises the prospect of a successful long-term recovery.

Withdrawal from Fentanyl

Withdrawal from fentanyl is similar from withdrawing from any other opiate. Some of the extended release forms of the medication such as the Duragesic patch mean that it will take longer for the symptoms to kick in.

Fentanyl withdrawal symptoms can include

  • Yawning
  • Sweating
  • Restlessness
  • Tearing up
  • Runny nose
  • Chills
  • Stomach cramps
  • Pain in joints and/or muscles
  • Muscle weakness
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Elevated heart rate
  • Increased respiratory rate
  • Insomnia

The Two Stages of Withdrawal – Acute and Post-Acute

There are often two stages of withdrawal from fentanyl. The first stage has immediate acute symptoms and these are usually both physical and physiological. During stage two, former users experience post-acute withdrawal symptoms or PAWS.

These refer to a number of psychological symptoms which can last for weeks or months after the user has stopped taking the drug. This is one of many reasons why residential treatment is the most effective way to treat fentanyl addiction.

Post-acute withdrawal symptoms can include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Agitation
  • Cravings
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Lack of motivation
  • Inability to feel pleasure
  • Anger or emotional outbursts

Fentanyl Withdrawal at The Hader Clinic

Fentanyl withdrawal is very specific and symptoms may vary in severity and duration depending on the client. Usually these are both psychologically uncomfortable and physically unpleasant.

Accurate assessment by our capable medical team determines if our clients require a medicated period of detoxification.  This will depend on the individual’s circumstances and symptoms are always closely monitored by our skilled clinical and medical staff and treated accordingly.

Our team are highly experienced in providing safe and effective fentanyl detox programs. They aim to keep clients as comfortable and supported as possible so they can participate in the program.