Opioid use is running rampant in the United States today. Doctors prescribe prescription pain medications to teens and adults, leading to tolerance, dependence, and substance use. One of the most common substance use disorders is fentanyl use disorder. If your teen has struggled with fentanyl use, there is hope. At Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center, we’re proud to provide adolescents with a fentanyl use disorder treatment center.
At Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center, we’re committed to providing the best substance use treatment for teen boys. We have extensive experience working with teenage boys of all backgrounds, giving them the chance to overcome their condition. Furthermore, we offer our residents the best opportunity for long-term recovery with holistic and evidence-based treatment options. Please get in touch with Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center today at 662.373.2828 to learn more about the treatment options available.
WHAT IS FENTANYL?
Fentanyl is a prescription synthetic opiate medication ranging from 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. It can be injected, smoked, snorted, or taken in pill form. Doctors primarily use this medication to treat post-surgery or chronic pain in adults or cancer residents. Because of its potency, overdoses can occur quickly and are increasingly responsible for thousands of deaths each year. In fact, research from the National Center of Health Statistics(1) has shown that synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl, were responsible for more than 30,000 deaths from overdose in the year 2019 alone.
Today, the CDC and DEA have focused their efforts on prohibiting fentanyl production in the United States because of the frequency it is also found lacing illegal drugs like heroin and cocaine. It’s essential to catch the signs early and enroll your child in our adolescent fentanyl use treatment program.
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SIGNS OF FENTANYL DEPENDENCE
Fentanyl is a highly addictive and potent drug, making recreational use, especially for youth who have no exposure to opioids, even more dangerous. The dosage can be fatal when not precise and medically administered, and users can become addicted after just one use. Like heroin, it is an opioid. However, fentanyl can be 50 times stronger than heroin alone. Furthermore, drug manufacturers lace heroin with the far more deadly fentanyl at an increasingly alarming rate, and the user is entirely unaware until they begin administering the drug.
There is also a likelihood that adolescents using fentanyl will further misuse it by combining it with alcohol or other drugs. Fentanyl alone is dangerous with such a high potency, and combining it with other substances that alter the perception of reality can be even riskier.
THERE IS A RANGE OF SYMPTOMS THAT GO ALONG WITH FENTANYL USE, INCLUDING:
- Chronic fatigue
- Constant mood changes
- Withdrawal from family activities and gatherings
- Suppressed appetite
- Skin irritation, accompanied by scratching
- Reduction in motor skills, clumsiness
- Frequent shaking or chills
- Vomiting and stomach upset
- Depressed mood or anxiety
- Constricted pupils, resembling tiny points
- Difficulty breathing
- Slurred speech
- Chronic illness due to a compromised immune system
- Muscle pain
- Memory complications
If you suspect that your teen is abusing fentanyl, we can help your family with the recovery process. Reach out to Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center today at 662.373.2828 to speak to one of our treatment experts.
REASONS FOR FENTANYL USE AND ADOLESCENT DEPENDENCE
Teens may begin using fentanyl for a wide range of reasons. For instance, the three most common reasons for fentanyl use include:
Doctors may prescribe fentanyl to manage pain from illness, injury, or situations where surgery requires significant physical discomfort. Physicians sometimes prescribe fentanyl for pain. However, it is typically only for severe chronic pain in adults. Adolescent residents should always ask for a different prescription.
Fentanyl can be a powerful tranquilizer and nervous system suppressor. When a child experiences severe emotional trauma due to emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, an unhealthy home environment, or psychological aftershock from natural disasters, drugs that cause conscious disconnection with the environment can be appealing. As a result, some teens can begin using fentanyl to cope with emotional or physical abuse.
Some teens may use fentanyl to cope with early-onset mental illness. Mental illness of varying levels can provoke teens to seek out and use drugs like fentanyl to numb the psychological effects of their condition. Being open about discussing mental illness and drug use with your children can help stop chronic fentanyl use before it starts.
There are a range of additional reasons why teens may begin using fentanyl. However, regardless of the underlying cause of their abuse, it’s nearly always necessary to seek treatment. Long-term fentanyl use puts teens at a heightened risk of overdose.
HOW TO TALK TO YOUR TEEN ABOUT FENTANYL USE
In addition to street sales of fentanyl, adolescents sometimes access this high-level drug by using parental prescriptions. Talking to your children about the effects and dangers of fentanyl and other drugs can reduce the drive to try them. Be open and calm about these conversations and express your willingness to help. If you need our adolescent fentanyl use treatment program, we’re here to help.
WHAT DOES TREATMENT INCLUDE?
When your teen requires treatment at our fentanyl use treatment center, we begin by providing an extensive admissions evaluation. This evaluation allows us to determine what your teen’s needs are and how we can best treat them. We have a wide range of holistic and evidence-based treatment options, which we can tailor to their unique needs. Our therapeutic options include:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
- Group therapy
- Experiential therapy
- Art and music therapy
- Fly fishing therapy
We also offer a unique peer influence community program, where teens can work with other residents to prevent risky or unhealthy habits. Our residents learn to support each other and give and receive advice to manage their cravings and other challenges. This program is integrated into all of our treatment programs, so your teen won’t have to spend time in additional therapy.
DUAL DIAGNOSIS TREATMENT AS PART OF OUR FENTANYL USE PROGRAM
As we mentioned above, we recognize that your teen may have begun using fentanyl as a method of self-medicating underlying mental health symptoms. When they stop using fentanyl, they may fear that their symptoms will return uninhibited. Without the proper tools to manage these symptoms, many teams return to using the drug again. However, returning to fentanyl use can be increasingly risky because if your teen begins using it at the same levels they did before treatment, they could easily overdose.
Fortunately, Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center offers a range of treatment options for those suffering from substance use and mental health issues. This option is called dual diagnosis treatment, and it is a highly effective method of treatment. Our treatment options include:
Bipolar disorder treatment
To learn about the efficacy of this treatment, please reach out to Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center today at 662.373.2828.
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Fentanyl use disorder is a significant problem in the United States, but it is not the only condition that we treat. In addition to fentanyl, we also provide treatment for other use disorders, such as:
- Marijuana use disorder
- Dextromethorphan (DXM) use disorder
- Alcohol use disorder
- MDMA use disorder