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Differences between OxyContin Addiction and Heroin Addiction

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In an addict’s view, the differences between Heroin addiction and OxyContin addiction are virtually non-existent. Both heroin and OxyContin are semi-synthetic opioid drugs derived from the opium poppy. OxyContin is basically oxycodone – derived from the alkaloid thebaine of the opium poppy, and heroin is diacetylmorphine, derived from morphine, from the opium poppy. Both are CNS (central nervous system) depressants, opioid analgesics. Both are highly addictive, with tolerance and dependence. With both heroin and OxyContin it is easy to overdose. Users all have different views as to which is the most addictive, or the hardest to withdraw from. “Addicts often switch back and forth from OxyContin to heroin, a matter of availability more than anything else, because the buzz or the “high” experienced is basically the same or the closest you can get.” reports JF Dubreuil of Narconon Trois-Rivieres. He also remarks that over 20% of the calls they receive on their addiction help line is regarding addiction to OxyContin and oxycodone products.

OxyContin Differences between OxyContin Addiction and Heroin Addiction

OxyContin Addiction

Heroin addiction is supported by smoking, snorting or injecting heroin as a white or brownish powder, sometimes a black resin (black tar heroin) depending on its purity. Heroin is an illicit drug; you get it off the street. OxyContin addiction comes with capsules manufactured by Purdue Pharma, a prescription drug that can cause oxy addiction, even when used as prescribed, otherwise illicitly available on internet and the street. Risks of associated disease such as HIV, syphilis, and hepatitis are higher with heroin addiction due to contamination when injecting.

Although a few countries such as Britain and Belgium use heroin medically, it is not a prescription drug. Heroin is generally a Schedule 1 drug and can only be obtained illegally. Anyone’s heroin addiction is supported by criminal activities in order to get supply. There is a stigma attached to heroin addiction – a life degraded by dope. OxyContin addiction only takes its users down the slippery slope into crime when oxy addicts can no longer persuade their doctor to prescribe for them the amount of oxy that they need to support their habit. A great number of OxyContin addictions started with using oxy tablets as prescription drugs for the relief of physical pain. Heroin addiction is generally a result of intentional “pleasure seeking” in a life beset with social and emotional problems.

People with a heroin addiction tend to join drug communities – using hit houses (safe injection sites). People with OxyContin addiction, as a result of prescription drug use, are generally part of mainstream society – although predominantly from lower socio-economic groups.

Both heroin addiction and OxyContin addiction cause symptoms of drowsiness, feelings of well being and contentment. Long term use brings symptoms of a “sluggish” system, with constipation, loss of sexual drive, irregular periods, and general loss of appetite – leading to malnutrition and lack of interest in personal hygiene. Both drugs are dangerous in combination with alcohol or benzodiazepines.

Withdrawal brings symptoms of diarrhea, muscle spasms, abdominal cramps, hot or cold sweats, pain, sleeplessness and anxiety.

Differences between Heroin addiction and OxyContin addiction are minimal in a chemical sense, such that drug treatments that work for OxyContin addiction will work for heroin addiction as well.

For complete addiction recovery – no cravings, no triggers, no drugs – comprehensive, natural, drug-free methods are best. OxyContin addiction treatment center like Narconon Trois-Rivières employs such methods.

Written by Nick Hayes

February 14th, 2011 at 11:58 am

Drinking & Driving Statistics prompt Narconon Trois-Rivieres to ask: Should Drunk Drivers all go to Alcohol Rehab?

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Trois-Rivieres, QC  February 02, 2011

Narconon Trois-Rivieres is launching a Drinking and Driving PSA campaign for Canada in order to counter raising statistics of fatal accidents due to impaired driving. Anyone who gets behind the wheel of a car and operates it while intoxicated is risking not only their own life, but many others as well. This is true even if it happens for the first time. All it takes is one time with a drunk driver for someone to get killed. Anyone who is willing to take that chance obviously needs counseling. If nothing else, they need a reality check. Drunk driving takes lives of innocent people, even children. There is no excuse for it. “That’s why we’ve launched our second Drinking and Driving video PSA this week” reports JF Dubreuil of  Narconon Trois-Rivieres.

Drinking and Driving Drinking & Driving Statistics prompt Narconon Trois Rivieres to ask: Should Drunk Drivers all go to Alcohol Rehab?

Stop Drinking and Driving

Drunk drivers are taking many dangerous chances every time they get behind the wheel of the car. They disregard not only their own safety, but that of others. This type of thinking is extremely dangerous. They cognitively know the dangers of drunk driving, and yet deny that alcohol affects their own driving. This should be sending up a red flag across the world. Too many people have died because someone drove after consuming alcohol. Letting it happen only once is too many.

Alcohol impairs reaction time and judgment. That is a known fact. Often, because of the effects of the alcohol, the drunken driver survives the accidents, but others aren’t so lucky. It takes only a split second swerving into the wrong lane for disaster to occur. By then, it’s too late. Then, the drunk driver must take responsibility for his or her actions. Too often, they turn, once again to alcohol. There is no such thing as an accidental drunk driving accident.

Alcohol rehab helps people to take responsibility for their actions.  Drinking and driving is simply not acceptable and should be reason for treatment of some kind. It is so prevalent that many people do not even blink when someone confesses they were drunk the night before and it is assumed they drove home. That shows how society has silently accepted drunk driving. If someone were drunk and waving around a machine gun, plenty of people would be taking notice. A car is a weapon when in the control of a drunk driver. It’s as simple as that.

Every time someone drives drunk, it gets easier and easier for them to do it. It is only a matter of time before something terrible happens. Obtaining alcohol rehabilitation can very well prevent some innocent person from being injured, or even killed. That alone makes it worthwhile.

Narconon Trois-Rivieres is launching this campaign after a successful Drinking and Driving video PSA run during the Holiday Season: The  Narconon Trois-Rivières – Don’t Drink and Drive PSA

For more information about the alcohol rehabilitation program offered at Narconon Trois-Rivieres call 1-877-782-7409.

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Written by Nick Hayes

February 3rd, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Narconon hopes to help prevent over 1,000 deaths

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Narconon, Trois-Rivieres, CA

A low estimate of the deaths in Canada due to drinking and driving is 1,162 for the year 2008. On top of that, about 149,028 people were injured because of drunk driving.  An estimate of the claims for auto accidents in that same year was 1,751,100. All of the death and destruction caused as a result of alcohol and automobile combinations. “That does not even include the deaths due to domestic abuse, and other violent crimes resulting from alcohol consumption” reports JF Dubreuil of Narconon Trois-Rivieres.

Automobiles and alcohol simply do not mesh. The combination is deadly. Narconon wants to help put a serious dent in the amount of deaths and injuries that result from drinking and driving. Many people who drink and drive are repeat offenders. They don’t learn their lesson and simply continue to put their own lives and the lives of others in danger by getting behind the wheel of a car. Too often, it is the innocent passenger, other driver or pedestrian who suffers the most.

The dangers are obvious. They are publicly available to anyone who will pay attention. People simply must learn to drink responsibly. Pub owners and patrons also often help by intervening when they see someone about to drive that has been drinking. Taking away car keys is better than attending funerals.

Drinking and driving is not new, nor are deaths and injuries resulting from it. However, the numbers do continue to rise every year. Poor judgment is a part of drinking alcohol which leads people to believe they are sober enough to drive. M. Dubreuil also commented “Narconon helps those who drink to take responsibility for their actions and acknowledge the danger they have posed. They help make the streets of Canada safer for all drivers, passengers and pedestrians.”

Alcohol kills in many ways, but drinking and driving affects far too many innocents. Babies are killed as a result, as are the elderly. No one is safe when there is a drunk driver on the roads. Narconon hopes to help reduce the number of funerals that are caused by drinking and driving.

For more information about the alcohol rehabilitation program offered at Narconon Trois-Rivieres call 1-877-782-7409.

Written by Nick Hayes

February 2nd, 2011 at 9:22 pm