Season 23, Episode 2
Location: Huntington Beach, California
Addiction: Fentanyl (smoked)
Official Synopsis: Growing up, Peter excelled in everything he did–school, sports and the arts, but the pressure of being perfect and the fear of letting his family down, coupled with a secret childhood trauma led Peter to fentanyl and now he’s smoking 1000 times the lethal dose every single day.
What’s Memorable: Man this guy is living on the edge in so many ways. This addiction is so obviously going to end in death or prison, like any minute now. “It’s a suicide drug and odds are I’m gonna die” It all feels so tragic especially considering how much he has going for him- his talent and intelligence, his fully achievable dreams, his supportive family. So much to live for! Peter seems like a genuinely good person, the way he always makes sure the people he sells to have enough tolerance to not overdose? I mean I realize dealing fentanyl isn’t the most morally righteous career choice, I just can’t imagine too many dealers care about other addicts like that and I think it’s revealing of who he really is inside. The end of this episode was quite beautiful, so cool that he stayed in Austin because it has both a strong sober scene and music scene. It does kinda seem like the perfect place for him. Yay Peter! Love him, hope he stays on track. Great episode.
Date Aired: October 25, 2021