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Overcoming Fentanyl Addiction

Overcoming fentanyl addiction is probably one of the hardest things an addict can do because of the nature and the power of fentanyl.

Fentanyl is a powerful drug that falls under the classification of a synthetic opioid. Before making its way into the recreational drug market, fentanyl was mainly used for anesthesia for surgery as well as a high-level pain reliever for cancer patients. 

Fentanyl is one of the most dangerous drugs a person could put inside their body. To give you an example of just how dangerous and powerful this drug is, think 80 to 100 times stronger than morphine and 50 times stronger than heroin.

This is the reason why fentanyl is the drug that is most often found in a person’s bloodstream after a fatal overdose. 

Ingesting as little as .25 milligrams of fentanyl can easily take a person’s life. With how strong fentanyl is, it’s no wonder why it is one of the most addictive substances on the face of the Earth. 

Being a recovering opiate addict myself and seeing hundreds of people recover from addictions as bad as IV heroin and fentanyl use, I can say that recovery and freedom from this hopeless state of mind and body are completely attainable.

It may not be easy, and in fact, I can say that it might be one of the most difficult and painful processes you will ever go through. However, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Here are ways that you can overcome fentanyl addiction. 

More About Fentanyl Addiction

Like heroin and other opioid drugs, there are several ways that fentanyl can be consumed and administered. It can be taken orally, smoked, snorted, and injected. Some people will go as far as removing the gel from a fentanyl patch and eating the gel.  

On the street, fentanyl has a whole list of different titles. These include tango, dance fever, goodfella, china white, apache, and cash. Fentanyl is often cut with heroin just because of how strong it is, and its cost is far less expensive.

When the two drugs are combined, the fentanyl causes the high to be a lot more short-lived than if a person were to just use either on their own.

It’s a much more powerful high when combined together, but a person has to keep using and using in order to keep the high going. This is a huge reason why so many people die from a fentanyl overdose.

A person might also think that they are buying heroin alone that hasn’t been cut with anything. They will go to use the amount that they typically would and their bodies just can’t handle it, causing an inevitable overdose. 

The fact that fentanyl is synthetic is the reason why it is so cheap and readily available. It can potentiate just about any narcotic that it is combined with, including meth and cocaine. Many deaths associated with cocaine and meth are caused by a fentanyl overdose.

Like alcohol, fentanyl is a depressant. Depressants decrease a person’s heart rate and the respiratory system sometimes to the point where the heart will no longer beat. This is typically the case with an overdose associated with fentanyl.

Overcoming Fentanyl Addiction

I am just going to be blunt and tell you that the detox process for opioids (especially the ones as strong as fentanyl) can be a complete nightmare for a person.

I can tell you firsthand from my own experience. I have had to detox off of opiates more than once in my life, and I would never want to wish that sort of hell onto anyone.

Unfortunately, there is just no way around it unless you want to live the rest of your short life addicted and dependent on fentanyl, or any other drug for that matter. 

I had tried so many times to try to get off of opiates all by myself. Sometimes I’d make it a pretty good amount of time without, but then I would just cave over the annoying and uncomfortable lingering withdrawal symptoms. 

I had a seed planted early on from going to a 12-step-based treatment center that said if I didn’t get a sponsor, work the 12 steps, and even go to 90 meetings for 90 days.

Anyone who I had ever met who was once like me but now has a significant amount of sober time under their belts was actively working the 12 steps in whatever group.

Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and Cocaine Anonymous are some examples of groups that people go to in order to find the gift of true recovery.

I had nowhere else to turn and couldn’t seem to overcome fentanyl addiction on my own. I went to a meeting and got a sponsor the first night that I went. A sponsor is someone that takes you through the 12 steps that are outlined in the big book of Alcoholics Anonymous.

He told me that I needed to go back to treatment because that was going to be the only way that I could possibly set myself up for success. I’d be in a safe environment where drugs wouldn’t be in reach, and I’d be able to get safely detoxed while being under the supervision of a doctor. 

Plus, doctors can treat your symptoms with certain medications that will make the experience a little more tolerable while your body adjusts to no longer getting its daily dose of fentanyl. 

I stayed in treatment for 2 months and called my sponsor just about every day while I was there. 

There were some simple suggestions that he suggested I do on a daily basis. Aside from calling him every day, one of the most important suggestions was to always make my bed each morning, no matter how much I might be suffering. 

I strongly urge you to consider going to treatment in order to overcome fentanyl addiction. You can try to do it on your own, but your likelihood to achieve success is extremely low.

A lot of people will end up taking other drugs just to try to manage the discomfort from withdrawal, and after they finally get through it, now they’re addicted to something else. This happens quite often actually. 

Staying Clean

So you’ve finally admitted powerlessness and are ready to take suggestions from those who have gone before you. Overcoming fentanyl addiction was hard and painful.

What’s just as hard if not harder is STAYING off of fentanyl. Chances are that if you’re addicted to fentanyl then you most likely will get addicted to any other drug that can bring you a false sense of relief. 

This is where the 12 steps come into play. When I got back home after treatment, my sponsor and I read the big book together every week, and he took me through the steps exactly how they are outlined in the big book. 

An addict’s only hope is to completely turn their lives over to a God of their understanding and live a life that is fully dedicated to serving other addicts and alcoholics.

Once you go through the steps, so much crap that has been keeping you cut off from God’s love and grace will be cleared out of the way. 

I recommend doing more research on the 12 steps and why they are so important. You’ll begin to discover the true reason why you even used in the first place. The drugs become our solution. So if that’s the case then what is our problem?

I had a huge gaping hole in my chest that was created from all of the wounds of my past. I used the drugs to try to fill that void, but ultimately God was going to be the only true thing that can fill it and make me whole again. 

The 12 steps set you up so that you will be a sponsor and will take them through the steps just like yours took you through them.

It took me a lot of pain before I was willing to take any of these suggestions that I have mentioned, but hopefully, this will save someone from having to go any deeper into their addiction.

Overcoming fentanyl addiction is possible, and we are all in this together. We have got to stay in the middle of our tribe and ask God to keep us there and not stray.

I am grateful for my sobriety today and I am excited for what God has in store for you!

Have you overcome fentanyl addiction? Let me know in the comments.

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Ryan Henderson

Ryan Henderson is a magician and mental health advocate.