What is fentanyl?

Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid. Its effects on the body are similar to morphine, but fentanyl is extremely powerful and can be over 100 times more potent than other opioid pain medications, including heroin. The United States Government classifies fentanyl as a schedule II narcotic. Schedule II substances are considered to have a high potential for abuse and physical dependence. A physician can also prescribe most schedule II medications. Pharmaceutical-grade fentanyl is used for extreme cases of severe pain and fatal illnesses. The drug acts on the body’s nervous system like other opioids and reduces chronic pain. For many, Fentanyl also creates a euphoric effect on the brain, which increases the likelihood of addiction.

How is fentanyl used?

Fentanyl can be administered in a number of ways and comes in a few different forms. Fentanyl can be used by ingesting orally, trans-dermal through the skin, or injected into the bloodstream. It is also commonly imported as a research chemical and used to cut and fake prescription pain medications.

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To improve your chance of recovery, our men’s fentanyl rehab program focuses on three major factors of treatment: your mind, body, and spirit. As one or more of these areas become unbalanced, they can directly contribute directly to your substance use disorder.

All of our providers are experts in their field and utilize specialized fentanyl addiction treatment programs for each individual. By developing an individualized approach for each of our guests, we can successfully break old habits and work to promote new and healthy ones.

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Fentanyl abuse starts in the mind. Daily services are provided to guests in the men’s rehab program to help restore proper cognitive thinking and processing. Healing is fostered by experienced clinicians through group therapy and individual therapy sessions using the latest advances in research in the mental health field.

The professionals at Serenity Springs treatment center realize that drinking and illicit drug use is only a symptom of mental health disorders and not the root cause. The goal is to have guests leave the addiction treatment program with an understanding of their disease and mental clarity that they could have never imagined before beginning substance abuse treatment.

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Drug and alcohol abuse destroys the body. Serenity Springs’ treatment options help heal the body through proper nutrition, exercise, and supplementation. Those who enter the men’s rehab program begin healing on day one of treatment.

Delicious meals are designed by a nutritionist and prepared by a professional chef. Additionally, guests at our Florida rehab center will have access to healthy snacks 24 hours a day. guests leave Serenity Springs with their bodies feeling completely rejuvenated.

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Our treatment program focuses on healing broken spirits and is one of the best male rehabilitation centers in Florida. Beginning with daily meditation, guests work every day, both individually and in support groups on reducing selfishness, gaining discipline, and changing their perspective on life.

Guests work through the 12-steps with experienced staff members who have recovered from addiction themselves by going through the same process. By being given the framework to produce a vital spiritual experience, guests leave our substance abuse treatment program with newfound freedom and happiness they never thought possible.

What are the warning signs that you or someone you know may be abusing fentanyl?

  • Always feeling tired and never seeming to get enough sleep
  • General lack of interest in things that used to be enjoyed
  • An inability to control the amount of fentanyl used
  • Having to refill prescriptions before it is time
  • Using fentanyl in secret
  • Stealing and manipulating
  • Using fentanyl when there are no signs of severe pain present

How many people die in the U.S. per year from fentanyl overdoses?

According to USA Today, fentanyl has become the “deadliest drug in America.” There were more than 18,000 deadly overdoses from fentanyl in 2016. From 2013 to 2016, the average number of deadly fentanyl overdoses increased by 113% per year.

  • Slowed breathing
  • Passing out
  • Seizure
  • Chest pain
  • Numbness

What are the negative short-term and long-term effects of abusing fentanyl?

There are many short-term consequences that a user of fentanyl can experience. The most serious of these is overdose which can cause death. There are also serious long-term effects of fentanyl use.

  • Drowsiness, including nodding out
  • Headache
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Memory impairment
  • Low blood pressure
  • Collapsed veins (from injecting)
  • Increased tolerance
  • Loss of interest in regular activities
  • Respiratory infection
  • Respiratory suppression

What are some fentanyl withdrawal symptoms?

Someone who discontinues the use of fentanyl after a period of use can experience both physical and mental fentanyl withdrawal symptoms.

  • Confusion
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Increased aggravation
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle cramping
  • Fatigue
  • Sweating
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

How long does fentanyl withdrawal last?

Withdrawal symptoms from discontinuing fentanyl use can last 7 – 10 days. A user usually begins to experience symptoms after 8 – 12 hours. Fentanyl withdrawal symptoms are usually at their worst approximately 24 – 72 hours after last use.

Can someone recover from fentanyl addiction?

Like any addiction, anyone can recover from fentanyl addiction if they receive the proper interventions and treatment. Someone who is experiencing fentanyl addiction should seek medical attention. Serenity Springs uses a combination of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and an intensive 12-step experience is the best-known way for someone with fentanyl addiction to achieve long-term abstinence from the drug. As with any addiction, many of the issues the patient experiences occur when the drug is no longer being used and the individual needs to live their life sober.

Fentanyl addiction treatment for men

Fentanyl may become extremely addictive if taken recreationally or abused improperly. If you or someone you know needs help, it’s time to look for a fentanyl addiction treatment center.

Treatment centers offer a wide variety of services to help those struggling with addiction. Services may include fentanyl detox, withdrawal symptoms management, medication-assisted treatment, counseling, and aftercare planning. Fentanyl addiction treatment centers typically use a combination of these methods to help patients safely and effectively recover from their addiction. Seek help today.


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“Fentanyl.” Alcohol and Drug Foundation adf.or.au/drug-facts/fentanyl. Accessed 18 Dec 2018.

Frequently Asked Questions

Going to rehab can seem daunting for many people, especially when the realization of your addiction unveils itself. Although this can seem like a complicated process, we’ve put together a few common questions and answers to help ease your mind and prepare you for the road ahead.

Rehabilitation is not just a place where you fight your addiction to fentanyl. At Serenity Springs Recovery Center, our men’s rehab center is designed to help you fight your addiction once and for all while healing your body, mind, and spirit.

Fighting your addiction to fentanyl alone can be isolating and more challenging. However, along the journey, we help provide you with services that will help you rebuild your body, mind, and spirit for ultimate success. When you have a strong support system such as the one that we offer in our men’s residential facility, you are better able to lead a sober lifestyle.

Many people often ask, “how can I prepare for rehabilitation?” Knowing what to expect when you enter into our programs can better help you begin your journey to recovery on the right foot. Although it can be overwhelming to enter a new chapter in your life, ultimately, it is for the best, and we are here to support you through it.

Before entering into our treatment programs, our admission coordinators will give you an over-the-phone evaluation. During this call, you’ll be able to get answers to any questions or concerns that you may have. You will also be given a detailed outline of your individualized treatment plan, which is created based on your evaluation. This process helps to make you aware of what will be taking place throughout the program. It’s also a great time to ask any unanswered questions regarding our policies and overall recovery process.

The main concern for many people when entering into our men’s rehab center is how long the program is. It can create more anxiety when you are faced with the reality that you will be away from family, friends, work, and other responsibilities for an extended period. Our residential gender-specific men’s in-patient program is designed to help you fully immerse yourself in the recovery journey. This program can last anywhere from 30-90 days.

While the average alcohol rehab program can take anywhere from a month to a year – or even longer in some cases – it’s crucial to know what factors determine the length of your stay. A phone evaluation will help our staff members gain more information about the severity of your addiction. This will help us create an individualized treatment plan and course of action that will best suit your needs throughout the program.

Fighting your addiction involves more than a therapy session and discussing past trauma. At Serenity Springs Recovery Center, we believe in treating our guests as a whole to help heal the mind, body, and spirit for optimal recovery. This holistic approach to treatment utilizes many different techniques to help you throughout the journey to healing and life beyond our programs. Some of our daily services include:

  • Psychiatric care
  • Yoga
  • Relapse prevention
  • Family services
  • One on one therapy

There are a plethora of rehabilitation centers across the United States. Each one offers a variety of programs for different needs. However, numerous underlying issues within the addiction rehabilitation industry have been causing all kinds of problems for guests and their families, including poor quality treatment and high relapse rates.

At Serenity Springs Recovery Center, our approach to treating your addiction involves healing all aspects of your mind, body, and spirit. We offer industry-leading addiction and clinical interventions, including psychiatric care, health and wellness services, and many more tailored options for your recovery process.

We pride ourselves on being able to create individualized treatment plans specific to your needs and goals. Our high staff-to-client ratio allows us to provide an individualized, compassionate focus to ensure that all our guests are getting what they need at all times.