When it comes to fighting fentanyl addiction, there’s something for everyone


BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) – Fentanyl, the illicit type manufactured and distributed with competence comparable to Amazon in every corner of the United States – including Kern County – is more likely to kill than heroin or any other drug on the street.

It turns out that kicking can be harder too, which is why knowing where to turn for effective help is more important than ever.

There are many factors that can go into choosing the best option, but it really depends on two things: urgency and ability to pay.

On one end of the spectrum is outpatient care – more expensive, more elaborate, more discreet – places like Synergy, which offers a range of services, including medical detox, addiction counseling and relapse prevention, and Aspire, which focuses primarily on counseling.

“It does not discriminate on the basis of race (or) ethnicity,” said Hillary Schroeder, clinical director of Synergy. “Someone could go through something really tragic and as a result turn to alcohol or drugs.”

Installations of this type can cost between $ 1,000 and $ 10,000 for a 30-day program. Most insurance will pay a significant portion of the cost, but many do not accept Medi-Cal insurance.

Another option – at least locally – is Bakersfield Recovery Services, which offers several options and contracts with Kern County Mental Health and Kern County Probation.

The flagship is Jason’s Retreat, a men’s establishment. Capistrano House, for women, is just across rue Berand

“People come in lost, broken, you know, in a really dark place,” said Donna Brown, site supervisor for both facilities, “They come through our doors and we show them love and we give them the tools to get their life together.

Andrew Laird, the outreach and program support coordinator, said he was also learning something from the experience.

“I am grateful to see a humble reminder every day of who I was, what I did and why I do what I do,” he said.

Jason’s Retreat client Gareth Hylla-Gotti – just Gotti for his friends – can simplify that feeling even further.

“I will give back to the community,” he said, “and my brothers here are helping me get the word out that there is a home for you. You don’t need drugs.

The other good news is that Bakersfield Recovery Services takes Medi-Cal, but no one is turned down. It’s free if the customer can’t pay or doesn’t have insurance.

Don’t know where you stand? Call the Kern County Behavioral Health and Recovery Department’s Gateway team at 866-266-4898.

They will assess you and discuss options – of which there are many – from the Kern County Mission to Amethyst Sober Living to The Third Tradition and many more.

Call and ask the catwalk team.

All of these services have one thing in common: they know that addiction is a puzzle that can be solved.

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