Mixing fentanyl with heroin is an extremely deadly combination and can cause lifelong harm to the user’s mental, emotional, and physical well-being. Not only are these the most dangerous of drugs, but the heroin resurgence has exploded both “markets” and enabled individuals to have easier access to each.
Fentanyl and heroin impact every part of a person’s livelihood, from mental and physical states, to daily responsibilities. Fentanyl and heroin are deadly in and of themselves. If combined, their added potency can lead to immediate death.
Understanding the detrimental effects of mixing fentanyl with heroin should prompt you or someone you love to seek immediate treatment with an experienced facility with a proven track record of treating serious drug addiction like Covenant Hills Treatment. With facilities in San Antonio, Texas and Orange County (serving Los Angeles and San Diego), Covenant Hills has successfully treated thousands suffering from heroin addiction and addiction to other prescription and illegal drugs.
What is Fentanyl?
Fentanyl is a type of synthetic opioid painkiller and is used in instances of immense pain after a surgery. It works to bind the opioid receptors in the brain and acts as an agent that creates a euphoric state. It acts upon the pleasure-seeking part of the brain and is able to release pain rapidly.  Its quick ability to relieve pain and help individuals reach a euphoric state have made it one of the most sought-after drugs on the market.
With the surge of heroin-related cases, primarily due to the drug’s increased supply and cheaper price, access to prescription drugs and to fentanyl-laced heroin has become easier. Fentanyl-laced heroin has increasingly become a main contributor to the thousands of heroin-related deaths that have plagued the nation.
The Dangers of Mixing Fentanyl with Heroin
Mixing fentanyl with heroin is the most lethal combination and has largely contributed to the public health emergency surrounding the heroin epidemic. In fact, “it is the illicitly manufactured versions that have been largely responsible for the tripling of overdose deaths related to synthetic opioids in just two years – from 3,105 in 2013 to 9,580 in 2015.”  Fentanyl is often illicitly manufactured and is combined with heroin in powder form. With the increase use of drugs among younger individuals of all backgrounds, it has become increasingly dangerous and may lead to hard drug abuse.
Since fentanyl and heroin have spread throughout all regions of the country, the general buyer cannot necessarily differentiate between fentanyl and heroin. Many individuals are unaware of the the chemical makeup of the drugs that they are buying and may accidentally consume fentanyl-laced heroin.
Unfortunately, since more people are becoming aware of the rapid effects of fentanyl, many individuals are attracted to the drug because of its quick ability to create a euphoric state.
Many individuals who are suffering with drug addiction and are buying fentanyl and heroin often go unrecognized and untreated. They turn to drugs to cope and escape with difficult moments and their everyday responsibilities. Unfortunately, “in 2014, less than 12 percent of the 21.5 million Americans suffering with addiction received specialty treatment.” Taking immediate action and seeking treatment is critical in preventing lifelong dependence on fentanyl and heroin ultimately, an unintentional overdose.
Renewing the whole person
Seeking treatment immediately for individuals with drug seeking behaviors is critical in preventing an accidental overdose or a drive to obtain fentanyl and heroin. At Covenant Hills, the professionally trained staff know that to truly rid one’s self of chemical dependence, they must restore their mind, body, and spirits to fully recover from their addiction. A whole body approach is their primary focus for every individual suffering from an addiction. The staff tailors every program to the individual needs of the client and provides high-quality care. Ultimately, restoring the mind, body, and spirit empowers the client to fully recover from addiction and avoid a relapse.
Choosing a 12-step Christian-based treatment program will help to lead you on the path towards lifetime recovery from your drug addiction. Through individual, group, pastoral, and family therapy sessions, you will connect to people with similar experiences as well as to the greater community of God. Connectedness is the foundation of recovery from substance abuse because you will no longer feel the urge to revert to a destructive substance if you are constantly surrounded by God’s love and the family and friends who support you.
You deserve high quality care from the most dedicated and highly trained professionals in the country. At Covenant Hills, the highly trained medical and professional staff help you to overcome the detoxification process and give you the skills and techniques needed to remain sober for the rest of your life. By bringing you closer to the community of God and supporting you every step of the way, they will help you to restore your mind, body, and spirit and lead a healthy and meaningful life.
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