Fentanyl Addiction Treatment
at Ripple Ranch
Effective drug and alcohol detoxification can be a very important first step in the process of achieving lifelong sobriety.
It is impossible to avoid hearing about fentanyl in modern-day America. It seems daily we hear of another overdose death in our community, either through media publications or word of mouth.
So what is this deadly drug, and why is it on our streets? Why are so many falling victim to it?
These questions are fair to be asked. The answers are complex.
One thing is certain, however — it is our duty to look out for one another and help each other when someone we know has been using fentanyl or other substances.
In 2021, deaths from overdose rose across Southeast and Central Texas, according to the Austin American-Statesman newspaper.
Ripple Ranch Recovery is happy to offer fentanyl addiction treatment to anyone facing this challenge.
What Is Fentanyl?
It is believed that fentanyl is 80-100 times stronger than morphine. Due to this potency, fentanyl has an incredibly high level of potential for misuse, addiction, and overdose. The highest risk for addiction and overdose lies in the repackaging and misrepresentation of drugs like heroin by street dealers. Fentanyl is often added or “cut” into these other drugs to increase the desire of the user to return to buy more – in turn creating a higher profit for the dealer. In the above-listed article from the Austin American-Statesman, we learn of these dangers in the form of counterfeit pills that are being sold on Central Texas streets.
Signs of Fentanyl Addiction
Before confronting a loved one with treatment options for fentanyl addiction, it is important to be assured that an addiction, or even use, is taking place.
While some of us can be confident that fentanyl is being used because of witnessing it firsthand, not all of us can be completely sure. There are signs to look for if you are questioning whether or not a loved one needs fentanyl addiction treatment.
Fentanyl has a long list of side effects that may occur and appear evident. They include:
- Complaints of back pain
- Complaints of chest pain
- Dry mouth
- Cracked lips
- Increased tiredness
- Pale skin
- Mood changes
- Mood swings
- Labored breathing
- Weight loss
- Ulcers or sores around the mouth
- Noticeable swelling
Treatment for Fentanyl Addiction in Texas
In Texas, hundreds of lives are lost annually to overdose. At Ripple Ranch, we are aiming to lower that number by offering treatment for people from different backgrounds while giving each patient a personalized plan that is based on their background.
Fentanyl addiction treatment often begins with a period of detox in which our staff will help you in facing the symptoms of withdrawal with around-the-clock supervision.
Following this period of time, our team will begin to work with you on the treatment plan designed specifically for you based on your background and addiction. This can be done at our facility in either an inpatient or outpatient setting.
Our inpatient program takes place over four to six weeks. It requires patients to temporarily leave their home and live at our top-of-the-line facility.
For those who have long-standing addictions, are a danger to themselves, or have tried treatment many times before, residential treatment is considered the stronger option. It’s also important to give residential treatment consideration if you need to get away from your everyday life and give your entire focus to your recovery.
Our intensive outpatient program (IOP) is a great option for those who are needing fentanyl addiction treatment but are unable to leave their home life entirely for 30-45 days. You will receive the same treatments but leave the facility nightly to return home.
We know how important family is and how much impact they can have in the recovery process, so we also offer family therapy programs specifically with that in mind. Ripple Ranch knows the environment surrounding a person has a lot to do with how they respond to situations or cope. If the environment is one of misunderstanding, arguing, or anger, it could push the person struggling with a substance use disorder to use again.
Ripple Ranch Recovery Offers the Best
At Ripple Ranch, we offer evidence-based therapies along with alternative methods of treatment to give a holistic approach to each patient entering either our inpatient program or our intensive outpatient program.
At our facility in Spring Branch, we specialize in providing our patients with a mix of the following within a carefully considered, personalized treatment plan:
- Individual therapy
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
- Group therapy
- Life-skills training
- Alternative, holistic therapies that address physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs
- Trauma-informed yoga, tai chi, exercise, and more
- 12-step program
- Alternatives to 12-step if this suits your needs
Fentanyl Withdrawal Symptoms
- Muscle pain
- Joint pain
- Cravings for fentanyl
- Nausea and vomiting
- High blood pressure
- Increased heart rate
- Respiratory (breathing) distress
How Common Is Fentanyl Overdose?
Unfortunately, because of the methods of drug dealers in our communities and the lack of clarity on what is actually purchased, many have overdosed without knowing they were even consuming fentanyl. Fentanyl is commonly cut into other drugs like heroin, cocaine, MDMA, or methamphetamine. Fentanyl is hard to detect because it looks similar to many other drugs. Most commonly, it is sold as an off-white or light brown powder. When mixed with other substances, it is nearly impossible to distinguish.