For decades, there has been this ongoing debate about what are the most addictive substances. The truth is any debate on this topic is ridiculous. Why? The simple truth is opioids are the most addictive substances on the planet. More specifically, heroin and fentanyl are the most addictive substances on the planet.
Most people have some level of awareness regarding heroin abuse and addiction. Fentanyl is still a reasonably unknown substance outside of the recreational drug-using community. What is fentanyl? By means of comparison, it’s an opioid substance that is 10 times more potent than pure heroin. Veterinarians are known to use the drug for pain relief in large animals like elephants. Think about that, and it might be clear it is something humans should not be using.
The draw towards these substances comes from the “euphoria” that both of these substances offer. Once bitten, the heroin or fentanyl addict is susceptible to a full-blown addiction within weeks. That alone stands are the primary reason that these substances are the most addictive in the world.
In our New Jersey treatment facility and many facilities like this in the area, there are far too many clients coming in with an addiction to either of these two substances. In the case of fentanyl, it has become such a deadly drug that we encourage regular fentanyl users to get treatment as soon as possible. There is simply too much risk, including one’s life.
In the next section, we want to address the very treatment process the addiction treatment community uses to treat addictions to these very dangerous opioids.
How Heroin and Fentanyl Addictions are Treated in New Jersey
When someone enters rehab with a possible addiction to heroin or fentanyl, the rehab’s staff will act with a real sense of urgency. That is because they know opioid withdrawal symptoms will soon be arriving and that is nothing to joke about.
As always, the treatment process starts with an intake interview. The rehab’s administrative staff is charged with gathering information regarding the circumstances surrounding the new client’s addiction. That information is then used as the basis for creating a custom treatment plan that should give each client a realistic chance to beat their addiction.
When the drug of choice is opioids like heroin or fentanyl, a medically monitored detox program is almost always the right call. Doctors have designed medically monitored detox programs to ensure the safety of clients while they are going through withdrawal. One look at the following list of withdrawal symptoms should be sufficient to explain why a detox program is necessary:
- The onset of depression and anxiety
- Severe cramps in the stomach region
- Nausea, vomiting, and profuse sweating
- Tremors in the extremities
- Convulsions throughout the body
- Increasing difficulty breathing
- Increase in heart rate and blood pressure to dangerous levels
- Loss of body and mond control
As long as clients can manage their withdrawal symptoms, they are left to do so as naturally as possible. Should something go awry, medical professionals are standing by to intervene.
Once the detox process has been completed, each client enters some type of therapy program. The program will likely include individual, family, and group therapy. The whole point of therapy is to get clients to identify the issues that have been driving them to use drugs like heroin and fentanyl. Finding out the whys is very important because it provides a target for solution searching.
Most solutions are found by teaching clients how to better use their life and coping skills against temptation and their triggers. Without developing better skills at coping, most clients are doomed to relapse at least once. With a good set of coping and life skills, each client should be better able to manage their lives without having to abuse drugs or alcohol. That is the ultimate goal of addiction treatment.
Regardless of your substance of choice, you cannot afford to risk your life and future because of substance abuse. There is a very logical reason you don’t see old heroin or fentanyl addicts. They either reach out for help, or they die prematurely. We hope you will focus on the first of these two options by calling our rehab centers at 833-610-1174. If you would be interested in learning more about our treatment options or the facility, we encourage you to contact us right away. Someone will be manning the phones 24/7.