TUCSON, Arizona. (KGUN) – The Tucson treatment center, Recovery in Motion, says that five people die at the hands of fentanyl every day in Arizona.
The center says there is hope. Its programs have helped dozens of people from all walks of life to rise.
Going into recovery on the move was a life and death situation for Jeremiah Barnett.
“I was just in a dark place where I didn’t want to live anymore and I knew that if I wanted to be part of my children’s lives, I needed to get into treatment,” said Barnett.
He struggled with addiction for more than eight years.
“I broke my arm – the painkillers led to heroin. Heroin led to fentanyl, ”he said.
Nick Jones, director of the recovery center, said that fentanyl is more common today than ever.
“What we’re talking about is the fact that everyone who arrives is drunk and dirty with fentanyl, whether they’re just using cocaine, meth or heroin. It’s mixed with heroin,” said Jones.
Jones himself is a recovering addict who has helped more than 200 people since the treatment center opened in 2015.
Jones explained that treatment is more affordable than it was a few years ago.
He said that funding from the State of Arizona – treatment is much more affordable than a few years ago.
“A lot more people are getting treatment that they normally couldn’t, and I’m very happy about it because the people who have nothing are where I came from, and these are the people I want to help,” said Jones.
For Barnett, picking up the phone gave him hope of recovery and taught him a lot about himself.
“It’s okay to be Jeremiah and it’s okay to be me, because that’s something I’ve been fighting for a long time,” said Barnett. It will probably save your life. “
When he leaves, he plans to continue his journey of sobriety and even give back to those who are experiencing difficulties.