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Opioid Crisis : Fentanyl

InnerBalance Health Center

March 8, 2018

Opioid Crisis Hits Home: Fentanyl

Opioid Crisis Hits Home: Fentanyl

Contributing to the devastation of the opioid crisis is the arrival of the extremely potent—and deadly—man-made drug fentanyl.

Lethal dose of Heroin vs Fentanyl

Fentanyl’s propensity to kill comes from it’s extreme strength. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) fentanyl is 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine. A lethal dose of heroine is about 30 milligrams, while a mere 3 milligrams of this substance can take a life.

In the healthcare field, this substance is combined with other medication for anesthesia, and used alone to treat severe post-surgery or cancer pain. Fentanyl is used by injection, patch and lozenge. As with other opioid class drugs it works on nerve cells in the body reducing pain and causing a sense of euphoria.

Unlike heroin or morphine, this substance is synthetic rather than derived from the sap of poppy plants. It also works much quicker and is harder to counteract.

Some of the fentanyl supply available illegally is diverted, or stolen, from medical facilities and pharmacies. The vast majority of fentanyl sold illegally is produced in unregulated, illicit labs.

With the potential to make fortunes, illegally produced fentanyl floods the streets of our towns and cities. Criminals use illegal labs in China to create and sell the powder, which drug cartels around the world mix with other drugs and form into pills. The pills are then sold on the black market as pain or anxiety medication or mixed in bags and sold as pure heroin or cocaine. These illicit drugs have unregulated amounts of fentanyl which can prove deadly. According to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) drug traffickers can make $1.5 million dollars on products made from one kilogram of illicit fentanyl.

For addicts, the risk of drug use is upped greatly because they do not know the content of substances they are putting in their bodies. The clandestine labs producing fentanyl knock-off variations crank out product, not knowing how those products affect the body. Lacking the precise equipment of the medical field drug traffickers risk creating pills and powders that will cause overdose.

An overdose can come just seconds after use, leaving very little time for CPR or other counteractive measures. In Massachusetts, deaths related to this substance increased dramatically, from 57 percent in 2015 to 75 percent in 2017. Traces of illicitly produced this substance show up in all kinds of drugs.

Neighborhoods across all geographic, racial and socioeconomic boundaries feel the pain and loss. From musicians Prince & Tom Petty to neighbors and friends, lives are lost every day to fentanyl.

At InnerBalance Health Center, we strive to analyze your individual biochemistry to gain a better understanding of the physiological effects of your addiction to drugs and/or alcohol. As a component of our holistic addiction treatment process, we understand that their are certain biochemical imbalances that can make a person more prone to the addictive cycle. By restoring your chemical balance, a person is much more capable of overcoming their addiction. 

Joe Eisele, CACIII, NCAC
Joe is the Clinical Director at InnerBalance Health Center and has been helping achieve lifelong sobriety incorporating biochemical restoration and holistic addiction treatment for over 30 years.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does the best addiction treatment center offer Biochemical Repair & Restoration and how do they define Biochemical Restoration?

At InnerBalance Health Center, we strive to get the best addiction treatment to gain a better understanding of the psychological effects of addiction to drugs and/or alcohol.. As a component of our holistic addiction treatment process, we understand that there are certain biochemical imbalances that can make a person more prone to the addictive cycle.

By restoring chemical balance, a person is much more capable of overcoming their addiction. InnerBalance Health Center offers and is one of the foremost leaders in treating addictions using biochemical repair & restoration. We believe that biochemical imbalances can be pre-existing, or can come as a result of repeated drug and alcohol use over time. Learn more specifics about our holistic treatment here.

Is the staff available 24/7?

Yes, at InnerBalance Health Center clients have access to a staff member 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Does the treatment center prescribe addictive medications such as benzodiazepines or opiates?

No, InnerBalance does not prescribe those types of medications, unless needed for temporary stabilization for withdrawal symptoms. We focus on identifying the root causes of cravings, repairing your body’s biochemical imbalances and teaching you the lifelong skills necessary to stay sober.

How does the treatment center plan to eliminate depression, anxiety, sleep problems, mood swings, and racing mind?

At InnerBalance we realize the need to find the root cause of these issues. For example, a racing mind can come from too much histamine in the brain, a condition caused Histadelia. When we find this condition through lab testing, we use the safe amino acids and vitamins that will lower histamine levels. Depression can come from under-functioning neurotransmitters, like serotonin.

Through urine testing, we check the serotonin receptors by looking at the Tryptophan levels, and then treat with the appropriate amino acids. Please call us for a more thorough description on how we can deal with underlying symptoms. These examples just scratch the surface of our biochemical restoration approach which is integral to our holistic treatment philosophy.

Is the treatment center licensed by the state?

Yes, the InnerBalance Health Center is fully and duly licensed by the State of Colorado.

Does the treatment program offer an exercise program that the client participates in?

The InnerBalance Treatment Program includes a mandatory weekly gym time. We encourage our clients to try the different gym facilities, including weights, pool activities, classes, etc. InnerBalance provides a high quality full service gym facility to their patients.

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