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Fentanyl Detox & Treatment in Northwest Territories

What you need to know about fentanyl in the North-West Territories

Fentanyl is an opioid, and it regularly used to treat pain and to help people with pain management; the drug is often used in hospitals in the North-West Territories to help a patient who are struggling with severe pain or who have a tolerance for every other type of pain medication. Fentanyl is also produced illegally in labs in China and smuggled into the country often as a powder that is then mixed in with other drugs. Opioids like fentanyl affect the part of the brain that controls breathing, and when large amounts or even a small amount of fentanyl is used a person’s breathing can stop, which will lead to unconsciousness and even death. The common types of opioids that are used for medical purposes include oxycodone, morphine, hydromorphone, fentanyl and codeine. Illegal drugs in the North-West Territories, especially those that are found to have fentanyl in them are a serious concern in the territory. Unfortunately, within many communities in the territory, there is still a stigma attached to addiction, that does lead to many families feeling ashamed and trying to hide their problems. Opioid addiction can quickly lead to an overdose, especially now with fentanyl being found in commonly abused street drugs and other opioids. It is important for anyone who may be struggling with an addiction to fentanyl and other opioids to seek out local help. Within the territory, medical detox programs regularly help patients who are struggling with withdrawal pain, and getting off the drugs they are using. Both inpatient and outpatient drug rehab programs in the territory are effectively helping opioid addicts and their families, but there are still too many addicts not getting the help they need.

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How can someone get help with a fentanyl addiction, and are there NWT based treatment options?

Opioid addictions and a problem with fentanyl can be difficult to treat, and it can be hard to get someone the proper help they need, but there are resources available within the territory. For anyone in the North-West Territories who is struggling with an addiction, it is important to reach out to the community counseling programs in the area. Community wellness is an on-going commitment within the communities of the North-West Territories, and many communities have created community wellness plans with the goal of improving community health for people struggling with addictions. Anyone battling an addiction to fentanyl and other opioids should contact their local band or hamlet office for help. Within the territory are community-based outpatient treatment programs such as counseling, day programs and group therapy for addicts and their families. The benefit of an outpatient drug treatment program is to allow a patient to continue with his or her life, but these types of drug treatment centers are not always effective for opioid addicts, and anyone addicted to fentanyl. Inpatient drug treatment programs in the North-West Territories are approved facility-based treatment programs. Because of the geography and small population within the North-West Territories, it is often necessary for referrals to residential treatment programs, and this is to help ensure the needs are met for a patient, especially those who are addicted to fentanyl and other opioids. The Health and Social Services Community Counselling Programs in the North-West Territories are equipped to help opioid addicts and their families. These types of programs are usually staffed with wellness workers and counselors, and the number of staff at each center will depend on the size of the community or region.

What are the risks and side effects associated with using fentanyl and other types of opioids?

There are dangerous risks associated with using fentanyl illegally, and recreational drug users who are using drugs with fentanyl in them are placing themselves at risk. The short-term effects of using opioids include drowsiness, constipation, nausea and vomiting, an intense euphoria, difficult breathing, headaches, dizziness and confusion. The long-term effects connected to using fentanyl include an increased tolerance, a substance abuse disorder and dependency, liver damage, a worsening pain, and life-threatening withdrawal symptoms. A physical dependency for fentanyl and other opioids can and will lead to an addiction and many people in the North-West Territories, who are taking these types of drugs end up becoming dependent on them. Fentanyl is becoming problematic within the territories because of how often the drug is found in other drugs such as heroin, cocaine, and club drugs. People must reach out for help who is dealing with a fentanyl addiction or any other type of opioid problem.

The information below will help you on how to find a fentanyl outpatient treatment program in Northwest Territories. The list could be incomplete, so if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at 1-877-254-3348.

List of outpatient rehabilitation facilities in Northwest Territories


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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people.

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