For the longest time I was so fu(kin depressed over my addiction to Durogesic patches... that at a certain point, I was actually considering suicide. I was perscribed Durogesic patches by a doctor in Brussels who decided that I was taking far too much hydro codine. He suggested Fentanyl as an alternative to get me off codine. Being Canadian and somewhat naive, I agreed. Christ do I regret this now ! My pattern of abuse is that I wear one patch every two days as perscribed and on the second day, I chew the two day used patch that I was supposed to throw away. Everything I found online warned against self detox... saying that with Fentanyl self detox was extremely dangerous. They all suggested that I get myself into drug rehab as only they would be able to safely detox me off this medication. All the detox centers I contacted gave the illusion of actually caring about clients and their addiction. However, upon learning that I could not afford the 3000 to 10000 euro costs for detox treatment, that illusion of care and concern was quickly flushed . I contacted treatment center after treatment center. It was the same story with each and every one of them. Feeling that no one was interested in helping me break free of this addiction and believing the line that the only way to get off of it was through treatment centers, I began planning my suicide. My intent was to obtain Helium or Nitrogen gas and check out via hypoxia, or to slap on ten 100 microgram patches and chew five or so. In a last ditch effort to reach out, I contacted Drugabuse.com and created a thread asking for advice concerning the possibility of overdosing on fentanyl patches with a high tollerance. Luckily for me, I met some really caring people on my thread who sensed that I was at the end and who continued guiding me towards a continued search for options and alternatives. Eventually I contacted one treatment center in England who purported to offer a no pain drug induced withdraw treatment. They said they would do it for 3000 pounds. I gathered the aforesaid funds and planned to go to England following the termination of my 90 day tourist visa. Eventually I came to learn that the detox center I applied to, transferred my case to another detox center that does not offer the no pain treatment option. WTF ?!? I contacted them to find out what was up. They explained that for the money, the initial treatment center I applied for was no longer willing to do it for the agreed upon price. I contacted this new treatment center who explained that they do not offer what I was planning to pay for. They offered a more traditional approch to detox and treatment... ie: cold turkey. When I advised them that it was an addiction to Fentanyl , they seemed lost... not having any experience with this substance. After several phone calls with them, they advised me to stop chewing the patches because they believed chewing the patches has no effect as, according to them, Fentanyl cannot be absorbed through the membranes of the mouth. It was then that I realised how deluded these people were. I went back on line and found a doctors report on gradual withdrawal from fentanyl patches. He recommended a reduction of 25 micrograms at a time weekly. However, upon going onto You Tube, I found people who had tried to withdraw at 25 micrograms per time. They all stated that it was far too difficult and painful. Be that as it may, I now realised that the detox centers who suggest that Fenanyl is too dangerous to self detox from, are full of sh!t. One Can self detox provided it is done right. I developed a plan to self detox descending at 12 to 13 micrograms per time over 2 to 3 week periods. I talked to my doctor about it and he agreed to provide me with the necessary prescriptions to do this. Thus, I began self detox. I flew to Albania for three months where I went through a signifigant portion of my detox. It has been hard, in fact after dropping to 75 micrograms, every dose descent was like going through full blown heroin withdraws. Although hard, eventually the body does stablize to the new dose. Now I am back in Alkmaar Netherlands and I have recently decended to 12 micrograms. I have gone through the four days of feeling rough and now it is starting to stablize . The message I am trying to convey through this thread is that you do not have to buy into the bullshit these treatment and detox centers say about Fentanyl. They are all a bunch of lying fu(ktards that are only interested in taking what amounts to peoples life savings... just to get them addicted to another substance (Suboxin or methadon), or to make them go through a hard 'supervised' withdraw. Save your money, talk to your doctor and develop your own gradual withdrawal plan. You can self detox from this drug I am living proof of this fact. In 20 days, I will have 5 patches of 12 micrograms left. I will cut those in half and descend to 6 micrograms before going to zero. God bless you all.