Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is often found laced in other street illicit drugs. Although fentanyl does possess legitimate medical qualities when prescribed for relieving pain, it has addictive properties that can cause some people to start abusing it. Fentanyl is extremely potent and nearly 50 times stronger than heroin. Even a couple of milligrams is enough to be considered lethal to the human body. If you’re in search of fentanyl rehab in Murrieta, California, Ranch Creek Recovery can help.

Ranch Creek Recovery is here for individuals who suffer from fentanyl addictions. We have robust addiction treatment practices and procedures in place to help detox, break addictions, and prevent a relapse in the future. Because fentanyl is often found in other illicit street drugs, we apply a multifaceted approach to addiction treatment to prevent all substance abuse, not just a focus on fentanyl specifically.

The Origins of Fentanyl Abuse

Like other opioids, fentanyl affects the brain in several ways, increasing the risk for a substance abuse problem. When fentanyl binds to opioid receptors in the brain, it may cause extreme happiness, also known as a sense of euphoria. Some people want to experience this feeling over and over again, causing them to continue using fentanyl in a cyclical pattern. Over time, the brain doesn’t respond the same way to a small dose of fentanyl, prompting a user to take larger doses or mix the fentanyl with other substances. This not only causes the addiction to worsen but can potentially be deadly.

Although many people experience a sense of euphoria while taking fentanyl, the drug also causes some undesirable side effects:

  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Confusion
  • Loss of consciousness

“Ranch Creek Recovery saved my life. I came into RCR lost and broken, trying to get back on track in my life. As a result of this great team of counselors/psychologists, I’ve done more than restore my life; I’ve reached new goals and gained so many life skills that go far beyond just being sober. I love and appreciate all the staff. Know that if you have a willing heart to change, you’re in the right place.”

– Joshua

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Our drug and alcohol rehab program accepts several national insurance plans and are in-network with most carriers including HealthNet, MHN, Anthem BlueCross, Aetna, Cigna as well as others. To verify if your insurance is accepted and check your out-of-pocket costs call Ranch Creek Recovery at (877) 997-8931.

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Counterfeit Fentanyl

Fentanyl addiction is a little different from addictions to other drugs. Although it’s possible to become addicted after taking prescription fentanyl, most people are exposed to fentanyl when they use other substances. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency reports that large criminal networks have been flooding the market with counterfeit medications, increasing the risk of fentanyl addiction and overdose. These fake pills look like other drugs, but they contain large amounts of fentanyl, making them extremely dangerous.

The DEA has seized counterfeit versions of oxycodone, alprazolam and amphetamine that contain potentially lethal amounts of fentanyl. As a result, people who think they’re taking other medications may be exposed to fentanyl without their knowledge, putting them at risk of sudden overdose.

Counterfeiters don’t prioritize quality control, so fake pills often contain unpredictable amounts of fentanyl, further increasing the risk of harm. Because fentanyl is approximately 100 times stronger than morphine, it’s highly addictive. Fentanyl addiction is becoming more common in California because of the thousands of counterfeit pills coming across the border between Mexico and the United States.

Warning Signs of Fentanyl Addiction

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A person struggling with chemical dependency may exhibit many physical, cognitive and behavioral symptoms. The physical signs of addiction include drowsiness, altered sleep habits, slower body movements and constricted pupils. Fentanyl may also cause the brain to execute its cognitive functions more slowly than usual. Someone who’s abusing fentanyl may display the following cognitive symptoms:

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Trouble paying attention
  • Memory loss
  • Poor judgment
  • Intense cravings

People struggling with fentanyl addiction may alter their behavior to conceal their drug use or obtain more fentanyl. These behavioral changes may interfere with a user’s ability to maintain employment, attend school or participate in social activities. Watch out for the following behavioral signs of fentanyl abuse:

  • Difficulty managing personal finances (bouncing checks, borrowing large sums of money, etc.)
  • Risky behavior that leads to legal trouble, such as driving under the influence or stealing money to buy fentanyl
  • “Doctor shopping” to get multiple prescriptions for fentanyl
  • Sudden problems with absenteeism
  • Lack of participation in social activities or hobbies
  • Inability to stop using fentanyl even when it causes harmful physical, emotional or social consequences
  • Poor work or school performance (missed deadlines, declining grades, etc.)

Fentanyl Withdrawal Symptoms

Even when someone acknowledges how fentanyl is harming them, it can be difficult to stop using due to uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. Once the withdrawal process begins, it typically takes eight to 24 hours for symptoms to appear. These symptoms can last anywhere from four to 10 days, making it difficult to go through fentanyl withdrawal without professional support. Withdrawing from fentanyl may cause the following symptoms:

  • Anxiety
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Sweating
  • Muscle cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Watery discharge from the nose
  • Chills
  • Hot flashes
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Signs of Opioid Overdose

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, overdose deaths associated with synthetic opioids — not including methadone — increased by 16% between 2018 and 2019. An overdose occurs when someone takes a large dose of fentanyl or when fentanyl is combined with other substances. A life-threatening overdose may cause the following symptoms:

  • Discoloration of the fingernails or lips
  • Slower breathing
  • Unconsciousness
  • Unresponsiveness
  • Gurgling sounds
  • Heavy snoring
  • Clammy/cold skin

Fentanyl Addiction Treatment

It’s incredibly difficult to recover from fentanyl abuse without any support from addiction treatment professionals. Some people need medical supervision to get through the detox process, while others need medication management to get their co-occurring mental health conditions under control. Ranch Creek Recovery offers comprehensive fentanyl addiction treatment to patients from the following areas of California:

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Fentanyl Detox

The first step in your recovery is to eliminate fentanyl from your body. Many people want to stop taking fentanyl, but they hesitate to do so because they’re afraid of going through withdrawal. At Ranch Creek Recovery, we have experienced treatment providers available to monitor you during this process and ensure you’re as safe and comfortable as possible.

Our subacute detox services are ideal for people with mild to moderate addictions and those with severe addictions who’ve already completed an intensive detox program. During this process, a treatment provider will monitor you for any serious withdrawal symptoms and prescribe medications as needed to keep you comfortable. If necessary, our experienced staff members will provide medical care that’s deemed clinically appropriate to help you overcome serious side effects. You’ll also be continuously evaluated to ensure your well-being.

Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to attend individual therapy sessions to help you cope with any negative feelings that arise while you’re eliminating fentanyl from your body.

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Residential Addiction Treatment for Substance Abuse

Treatment at residential rehab centers is ideal for patients with moderate to severe addictions to fentanyl and other substances. To truly focus on your recovery, you must be able to attend therapy sessions and receive other drug addiction treatment services without worrying about going to work or attending social events. Residential fentanyl addiction treatment gives you that opportunity.

What makes Ranch Creek Recovery different from other treatment centers is that it has a comfortable environment that makes you feel almost as if you’re at home, not a clinical environment that could make you feel more anxious or depressed. At Ranch Creek Recovery’s rehab center, every patient has plenty of opportunities to relax and focus on applying what they’ve learned, reducing the risk of relapse.

Highly Personalized Fentanyl Addiction Treatment

No single substance abuse treatment program is effective for every person struggling with fentanyl abuse. For best results, fentanyl addiction rehab should be customized to meet each individual’s medical and emotional needs. That’s why we have programs lasting 30, 60 and 90 days. When you arrive at our rehab center, you’ll undergo a thorough assessment to determine which level of care is right for you.

Because we offer personalized substance abuse treatment, no two patients have the same daily schedule. Depending on your needs, you’ll be able to meet with a therapist, attend group therapy sessions and participate in holistic therapies to renew your mind and spirit. You’ll also have time to relax in your room or spend time at the swimming pool and other common areas, giving you opportunities to reflect on your experiences and replace negative habits with positive ones.

Residential Treatment Options

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Ranch Creek Recovery is one of the rehab centers that offers cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a type of talk therapy that focuses on the connection between the way people think and feel and the way they behave. Not only does CBT help people recover from addictions to fentanyl and other substances, it can also help with post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder and other co-occurring disorders. All of our talk therapy is designed as a solution-based treatment and may be used as part of a wider addiction treatment program and other therapy programs.

During a CBT session, a therapist typically asks the patient to discuss some of their negative thoughts. Because negative thoughts often lead to negative actions, the patient and therapist work together to change negative thought patterns into positive ones. This can help patients improve their coping skills and avoid using fentanyl when they’re feeling overwhelmed.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is typically used for patients who’ve expressed a desire to harm themselves, whether they’ve engaged in cutting or attempted suicide. This modified form of CBT helps patients learn to live in the moment rather than staying stuck in the past or worrying about what might happen in the future.

At our recovery center, we use DBT to help patients improve their lives. Patients have the opportunity to identify goals that make life worth living and then work to get their harmful behaviors under control. DBT is administered in four stages: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness.

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LGBTQ+ Addiction Treatment

Members of the LGBTQ+ community have an increased risk of addiction, mainly due to social and environmental factors. For example, someone whose family is not accepting of same-sex relationships may turn to drugs or alcohol as a way of coping with feelings of abandonment. Discrimination also makes it difficult for some LGBTQ+ individuals to stay employed or find safe housing, further increasing the risk of addiction.

Unlike many treatment centers, Ranch Creek Recovery offers substance abuse treatment for LGBTQ+ individuals struggling with opioid addiction, alcohol addiction, and addictions to illicit substances. At our addiction treatment center, you’ll receive an individualized treatment plan that accounts for the trauma you’ve experienced as a result of discrimination or rejection by your loved ones. Alongside substance abuse treatment, you’ll also have a chance to receive solution-based treatment for any co-occurring disorders you may have, such as bipolar disorder or an eating disorder.

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Family Education

Family education is an essential component of our treatment programs. No matter how much they love you, family members don’t know exactly what it’s like to struggle with an addiction unless they’ve had one themselves. We offer weekly family therapy sessions to help family members improve their communication skills and learn how to discuss serious issues without shouting or placing blame on other people. Family therapy also makes it easier for patients to make the transition from our residential rehab center to their homes. If you’re from outside California, your family members can participate in these sessions by telephone or video, ensuring you remain connected during your stay.

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Residential Health and Safety

If you worry about picking up germs from common areas, let us put your mind at ease. At our treatment center all patients are consistently monitored for signs of illness and given appropriate medical care. We also have cleaning service contracts to ensure our residential rehab center is cleaned and disinfected regularly. Staff members follow proper infection prevention procedures and encourage patients to use physical distancing strategies if they’re concerned about catching a cold or other illness.

Holistic Treatment for Fentanyl Abuse

Our treatment center and residential treatment programs are centered on solution-based treatment options and also include holistic treatment options to bring your body and mind into alignment. Addiction is a mental illness, but it can also have significant physical consequences and make it difficult to understand your life’s purpose. Holistic rehab treatment focuses on experiential activities designed to improve each patient’s self-awareness and help them heal from their addictions.

Amino Acid Therapy

Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins, making them essential for maintaining normal energy levels and staying as healthy as possible. When you eliminate fentanyl and other substances from your body, your amino acid levels may get out of balance. We offer supplements to address these imbalances and ensure you receive the right nutrition while you’re at our addiction treatment center.

Equine Therapy

Equine therapy involves spending time with horses. While some patients are reluctant to open up to other people, they may feel comfortable interacting with animals, providing an opportunity to develop better coping skills. Working with horses can help patients learn to communicate more effectively, develop appropriate boundaries with others and transform negative thoughts into positive ones.

Fitness Programs

It’s incredibly important to stay active as you go through the recovery process. Without professional support, it can be difficult to get enough exercise each day, especially if you’re withdrawing from fentanyl or under the influence of fentanyl. Fitness programs are often a popular treatment option because of the additional health benefits. At Ranch Creek Recovery, we offer exercise programs to help you strengthen your body and speed up your recovery.

Gong Sound Healing Therapy

If you’ve ever been to a spa, you may have noticed relaxing music playing during your treatment. Calming music puts you in the right frame of mind, ensuring you relax as much as possible while you’re getting a massage or facial. The same principle applies to our gong sound healing therapy. This holistic treatment option helps patients feel calmer and more open to participating in other treatment types.

Guided Meditation

Many people meditate on their own, but guided meditation can be helpful for overcoming an addiction to fentanyl. During this type of meditation, an experienced staff member helps patients accept themselves for who they are and think positively about the recovery process.

Yoga

Yoga is more than just a form of exercise; it can also help patients achieve a sense of balance as they work to overcome substance use disorders. While you’re practicing yoga, you’ll be able to focus on your mind and body rather than your fentanyl cravings.

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Outpatient Treatment

Not everyone is able to stay at Ranch Creek Recovery for 30 to 90 days. That’s why we offer an intensive outpatient program. Patients in this program come to the treatment center three times per week, ensuring they receive ongoing support from addiction specialists and other staff members. Patients in the outpatient program have access to many of the same treatment options as patients living at our rehab center, including individual therapy, group therapy and services to help them overcome chemical dependency.

Many people go to outpatient treatment centers because they don’t qualify for medical leave or can’t find someone to care for their children for a month or more. Outpatient solution-based treatment is also a good alternative to inpatient programs delivered in a hospital environment.

Get Your Life Back

Addictions to fentanyl and other substances can have serious, even life-threatening consequences. The good news is that you don’t have to quit cold turkey and suffer through withdrawal on your own. To schedule a free online assessment or learn more about our rehab center in Murrieta, CA or Temecula, CA call (877) 997-8931. Our solution-based treatment and experienced treatment providers can help you stop abusing fentanyl and start living your life.