Fentanyl is one of the most powerful prescribed drugs in the United States today. Unfortunately, because of how strong of an opioid Fentanyl is, it is also the most dangerous and addictive. Fentanyl addiction and dependence can happen quickly, even if you’re taking them as prescribed by your doctor. Illegal Fentanyl use can also result in overdoses and death as it is difficult to know how much to take.

We have also seen many cases of other drugs being laced with Fentanyl causing overdoses and unintentional dependence. Fentanyl addiction can be very scary to go through personally or see a loved one go through. You have options though. We at American Addiction Institute are here for you 24/7 to take your calls and answer your questions about getting help for Fentanyl or opioid dependence. Give us a call 24/7 (800)779-4715

Is Fentanyl Addiction a Disease or Choice?

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While the initial use of Fentanyl or other drugs for that matter may have been a choice or prescription given to you, addiction is classified as a disease by the DSM-5 and American Psychiatric Association. It’s also in our core belief and model of care for treating addiction. We strongly believe in the disease model of care for treating Fentanyl and drug/alcohol addiction as it is a proven strategy for long-term recovery. Addiction is NOT your fault and addiction can be treated as an addiction. We use medication-assisted treatment such as Suboxone Treatment and maintenance to assist and manage you or your loved one’s dependence.

Signs of Fentanyl Addiction

Signs of Fentanyl addiction are very similar to that of other Opioid abuse. Early opioid and Fentanyl users may show little to no signs of addiction aside from tiredness, lethargy, and distancing. However, the longer you use opioids like Fentanyl, the signs of addiction will become worse and more apparent. Here are some of the most common signs of Fentanyl addiction and dependence:

Unintentional weight loss

Persistent flu-like symptoms

Irritability and agitation



Breathing problems

Lack of interest regarding personal hygiene

What Fentanyl Withdrawal Symptoms Are Like

Most of the Fentanyl withdrawal symptoms you may experience are very closely related depending on your usage. These symptoms can range drastically from very mild to life threatening. That is why medical supervision by trained professionals is always recommended. Fentanyl users may experience symptoms at different levels of severity, and for different lengths of time. In rare cases, you may not experience withdrawal symptoms at all. The use of medication-assisted treatment to aid in reducing Fentanyl withdrawal symptoms is very common. Here is a list of common opioid and Fentanyl withdrawal symptoms that you may experience:

  • Anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts

  • Convulsions and tremors

  • Insomnia

  • Intense and increased cravings for Fentanyl

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Nervousness

  • Nightmares or hallucinations

  • Problems with breathing and heart rate

  • Severe stomach and muscle cramps

  • Sweating

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or have any specific questions about reducing them, we are here to answer your questions 24/7.

Your Fentanyl Addiction Treatment Options

If you need help for Fentanyl addiction whether it’s for yourself or someone you care about, the first step you need to make is to call for help. We at American Addiction Institute pride ourselves on our customer service and we will do whatever it takes to get you the help you deserve. There are several levels of Fentanyl addiction treatment depending on your circumstances, usage history, if you are taking any other substances, and underlying mental health issues. The first step is detox. This is important to completely remove the drug from your body so that you can safely transition to the next level of care. Detox for Fentanyl addiction should be medically supervised as withdrawal symptoms are extremely uncomfortable and can even be life-threatening.

Other levels of care for Fentanyl Addiction:

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Finding Fentanyl Addiction Treatment in Orange County, CA That Works

Finding quality Fentanyl addiction treatment near you in Orange County, CA is as simple as making a phone call. Our experienced treatment team led by Dr. Faried Banimahd (Dr. B) is ready to answer your call and help you get into treatment today.

Finding the best addiction treatment means you should look for a center with a proven track record of success treating Fentanyl, drug, or alcohol addiction. Licensed medical credentials and highly rated reviews will also help you judge if the center is the right fit for you. We are dedicated to working for you and setting you on the right path to recovery. We will never give up on you. 

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