One of the things that we pride ourselves on at Grand Falls Treatment Center, is that we ensure that all of our clients receive the best, most high-quality treatment for their individual goals and their recovery needs. We want to ensure that all of our clients have the best outcome possible, so we provide the top therapists, doctors and nurses to help them to get through their addiction and find peace in sobriety.
We also can help you to understand why you are addicted to a specific substance, and in this article, we are going to discuss fentanyl and how it affects your brain.
What is Fentanyl?
One of the most potent pain relievers on the prescription drugs list is fentanyl. It’s a prescription opioid and a controlled drug and it can help with the management of chronic pain, severe pain, and is most often used in patients with cancer. It is a fast acting opioid, and that means it can create a dramatic sense of euphoria, which is why there is high potential for abuse. It’s one of the biggest culprits in the drug epidemic in the US, and it’s a Schedule II drug that’s meant only to be given in very specific circumstances.
Did you know that fentanyl is considered to be 100 times more potent than morphine? It’s for this reason it’s important to understand how fentanyl can affect your brain. Let’s read on and find out.
How Fentanyl Affects the Brain
Sentinel acts like other opioids that include morphine and heroin. It binds to the opioid receptors that are found throughout the brain and the body and these are located in areas that regulate how you experience pain. Once you take it, your brain is flooded with dopamine. Usually, dopamine occurs naturally, but with fentanyl the feeling is synthetic. This sense of extreme relaxation is a very addictive feeling and that’s why fentanyl is such an addictive drug. It affects your brain very similarly to heroin. The difference is that it’s more powerful.
Fentanyl: The Dangers
Fentanyl is powerful enough to trigger your brain’s reward system. Your opioid receptors are responsible for controlling your rate of breathing and when you take a dose your respiration rate slows right down. Higher doses can also stop your breathing. The risk of overdose is very high and you will eventually build such high tolerance for the drug that you will struggle to say no to it – without our help, at least.
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At Grand Falls Treatment Center, we’re here to help you and we want to help you to get out of this cycle of addiction. Our team is standing by right now to help you and whether you enter our program or not, we’ll help you to find the best possible treatment options that meet your needs.
Our team is ready and waiting to help you – contact us and we can work a plan out for you.