Dr. Carol Lynn Childers is a Chicago-based psychiatrist who focuses on treating patients with serious mental health issues. An addictions medicine specialist, Dr. Carol Lynn Childers serves as consulting psychiatrist at Healthcare Alternative Systems, a 28-day residential substance abuse treatment center that offers bilingual care.
Opioid addiction has emerged as a serious issue in recent years, and the schedule 2 pain medication and anesthesia fentanyl constitutes one of the strongest opiates available. Similar to morphine, fentanyl is 50 to 100 times stronger than that drug and typically used in a clinical setting to treat severe pain.
A key danger of fentanyl in recreational settings is that there is an extremely small difference between a deadly and a therapeutic dose. The drug took a prominent place in the opioid crisis due to its use in cutting heroin, often with fatal effect. With symptoms of fentanyl, such as lethargy and euphoria, similar to those of many other opiates, another major risk factor is that users rapidly build a tolerance to high doses.
The path to rehabilitation is complex and requires a combination of proper nutrition and strategies for eliminating toxicity from the body, as well as psychological support from a qualified mental health practitioner.