Fentanyl Substance Abuse Overview

What is Fentanyl?

Fentanyl, brand name Duragesic, is an opium-derived narcotic pain reliever similar to but more potent than morphine. The most commonly prescribed form is the transdermal (delivers through the skin) patch, which continually releases a specific amount of drug over time. Fentanyl treats chronic pain and is highly addictive, so careful monitoring by medical professionals is required. The high potency and low cost of Fentanyl makes it ideal for illicit use by drug abusers.Fentanyl is highly physically addicting and a high risk for abuse.

How it works medically

Fentanyl works on killing pain by attaching to the opiate receptors in the brain. The levels of dopamine in the brain rise as you use the drug, giving that sense of euphoria. Once that “high” sensation becomes a daily occurrence, you have to begin looking for the signs and symptoms that you are developing an addiction to Fentanyl.

Signs and Symptoms

It is not always easy to detect when someone is abusing opiate medications like Fentanyl; however, there are some physical signs, even if a person has developed a tolerance to the drug.

  • Small pin-point pupils
  • Nodding
  • Temporarily falling asleep even during conversations or while standing.
  • Incapable of making proper judgments
  • Difficulty in finding pleasure from everyday occurrences from friends and friends

What Happens When You Stop Taking Fentanyly?

Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking Fentanyl after prolonged use is a sign of addiction. Withdrawal symptoms are likely to occur within a few hours after the last dose. These symptoms can include an intense craving for more drugs, sweating, nausea, vomiting, runny nose, yawning, restlessness, weakness, cramps, diarrhea, chills, irritability, agitation, muscle pain and twitching. In the most severe cases of addiction, seizures can occur, so it is best to go through withdrawal while under medical supervision.


Teens who abuse Fentanyl can be treated. Initially, they may need to undergo medically supervised detoxification to help reduce withdrawal symptoms; however, that is just the first step. Options for effectively treating addiction to prescription opioids are drawn from research on treating heroin addiction. Behavioral treatments, usually combined with medications, have been proven extremely effective.

For all treatment needs and levels of care, Inspirations’ employs a team of qualified and caring teen addiction treatment professionals, offering a Treatment Program for Adolescents/Teens, who are demonstrating destructive, rebellious, and defiant behaviors resulting in personal and family dysfunction. Our goal in teen addiction treatment is to treat the disease, build the teen’s self confidence and reunite the family. Our teen prescription drug addiction treatment programs are designed around a positive environment to boost the teens self-esteem and produce long term results. Our teen addiction treatment combines a motivational program with the “accountability” concept, emphasizing, respect for family, respect for others, and a teamwork approach towards daily goals and accomplishments. During your teens enrollment to our Teen Prescription Addiction Treatment Center we will tailor a personal educational plan for your teenager. Inspirations for Youth and Families offer an “On-Site” Preparatory format school program in order for our teens to maintain High School Credits.