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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

Beating a Drug Addiction – Like an Olympic Champion

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Trois-Rivières, Québec; over a decade has passed since this drug addicted fellow has started to hide his addiction from his loved ones. Taking potent drugs like Oxycontin every day to get high is not something he wanted to share with his wife or his teenage daughter.

Vancouver, Canada; four days into the 2010 Winter Olympic games, the athletes from Canada have won 5 medals, placing their country in the fourth position of the number of medals won, just behind France.

While the Vancouver Olympic games are being played amongst 2600 athletes, attended by over 2.3 million attendees, enjoyed and talked about by many more, there is another type of competition which is going on not only in Vancouver but around the world. This is a battle involving too many participants and to which no one would bother to pay tickets to see – the struggle between substance addiction and drug-free life.

Not unlike an athlete who trains for several years to finally place to compete at the Olympics and achieve the ultimate gold, it takes an unshakeable determination to achieve a drug-free life for a person who is battling drug addiction.

A new proud winner has just celebrated his one year clean victory after having defeated his decade long Oxycontin addiction with the help of the Narconon Program at Trois-Rivières, Canada.  For his one-year drug-free anniversary victory lap, Cliff Van Rossum insisted to fly all the way from Vancouver to attend the weekly Narconon Trois-Rivières graduation. “Wow! One year. It’s been a struggle, I did it though, and I’m sure all of you guys can do the same thing,” Cliff told the students currently enrolled on the drug rehab program. He added, “Today is a big day for me, I wanted to come here for this because it meant so much for me. Narconon has saved my life.”

Narconon Trois-Rivières has prepared a short video featuring Cliff at the podium for his one year clean win and it can be watched by all drug-free life fans and supporters on the youtube channel “narconon3r”.

Many more people are still fighting the battle, but assistance is available to bring about the ultimate victory, just dial 1-877-782-7409.

Written by Nick Hayes

February 17th, 2010 at 1:21 pm

‘Hillbilly Heroin’ Doesn’t Beat this Narconon Graduate

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Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada – “I got into a car accident and they took me out with the Jaws of Life – in the hospital they gave me Tylenol 3, but it wasn’t enough,” stated Cliff Van Rossum in a new video interview with Narconon Trois-Rivieres.  Like many others in his position who became addicted to OxyContin, it typically starts out with some form of injury requiring pain management.  Unfortunately, many of these individuals become physically and psychologically dependent to OxyContin.  “It’s becoming an all to common scenario throughout Canada right now – our Intake Counsellors receive calls everyday from OxyContin addicts looking for ways to get off the drug,” commented Nick Hayes.  “The typical scenario is a person will require these drugs for pain management, but will ignore the Doctors advice about there addictive potential,” said Hayes.

In this in-depth interview Cliff takes the viewer step by step, beginning at his car accident and going on to how he started to ‘doctor shop’ to acquire his prescriptions for OxyContin.  He describes in great detail the initial high and feeling he got from taking Percocet and how eventually he needed something stronger from his doctor, which was later OxyContin.  “It was a feel good feeling, like something I never experienced before,” stated Cliff in the interview.  Because OxyContin is a time-release formula over twelve hours, most addicts will have to chew, crush up and snort, or inject the drug to get the immediate euphoric effect of the Oxycodone, which is the primary pain reliever in OxyContin.

Cliff is one of the many people today who has successfully beaten a potentially deadly OxyContin addiction and has gone on to live a drug free life.  Today Cliff is now working his full time job, but has created a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center referral website, that specifically helps addicts find the right treatment options.  For more information about drug or alcohol addiction, Narconon Trois-Rivieres can be reached at 1-877-782-7409.

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Written by Nick Hayes

November 3rd, 2009 at 4:35 pm

Alberta Medical Drug Abuser Driven to Crime

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A Calgary man, said to be addicted to the powerful painkiller Oxycontin was recently given an 8 1/2  year sentence after being convicted for committing a string of robberies involving eight pharmacies in a span of several months. The convicted man blamed his drug addiction to the powerful drug Oxycontin for the reason he committed the crimes.

The man became addicted to Oxycontin after being prescribed the drug after being in a car crash more than ten years earlier. As with many with drug addiction problems the man turned to crime, in this case robbing pharmacies in order to be able to feed his addiction. The man and his accomplice turned themselves in only to be released on bail and continue with the crime spree, threatening violence to anyone who did not cooperate in handing over the drug. The court system is not allowing drug addiction to be used as a plea for defense in committing the crime.

“Drug addiction often finds the drug abuser turning to crime in order to fill the desperation they are feeling when needing their next fix,” stated Mr. Nick Hayes, a representative of the effective drug rehab center Narconon Trois-Rivières. “Thankfully, there is help available for those who want to end the cycle of drug abuse and start a new clean and sober life. Over the years, we have successfully helped many people from Alberta to overcome their drug and alcohol addiction,” added Mr. Hayes.

For more information about the program Narconon, visit their website at or call 1-877-782-7409.

© 2009 Narconon Trois-Rivières. All Rights Reserved. NARCONON is a trademark and service mark owned by Association for Better Living and Education and is used with its permission.

Written by Nick Hayes

September 24th, 2009 at 11:52 am