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Painkiller Addiction
June 13, 2011
12:42 pm
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EthanYonkerman
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I started abusing Vicodin  
and Oxycontin 5 years ago. I am to a point where I snort 120 mg every
2-5 hours. I can't function or feel normal without it. I don't know what
to do because I have tried to quit before and the withdrawal symptoms are hell. Is there something that I can take to make the withdrawal symptoms better? I need to get off this stuff...

June 13, 2011
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Hi EthanYonkerman,

 

Welcome to AAC. Your problem is not really that common for there are really vicodin/oxycontin addicts that are worse than what you are experiencing right now. Well, you might need to undergo detoxification process first. Have you tried entering a rehabilitation center? In your case, since you've been using it for years already then it should have been so hard for you to just easily quit. Try entering a rehab and treatment center first then you will know the best solution for your addiction. Take it easy and get help.

May 31, 2013
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Entering a rehab for treatment will definitely help,as prolonged use of any type of painkillers makes one immune to them,and also has adverse effect on vital organs like the kidneys...

June 1, 2013
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Ethan Yonkerman:

The advice given by both Loreal Pearl & Shinning Light is good advice.  Oxycotin so far as I understand it is of the Opaite family of narcotics and is basically synthetic heroin made in a lab and prepared into a pill.  This being the case, you have an addiction to heroin.  Withdrawal from a heroin addiction likely requires some help from medical professionals as it is not just a psychological addiction but also a physical one.  Let the medical group in your local hospital treat you or ask your family Doc where you can go to receive the treatment.  I don't understand how severe or not your addiction is, but I think with this type of addiction, the withdrawal period might require medical supervision for the physical symptoms.  The Doctors will know.  I hope you take the advice of Loreal & Shinning & Good Luck!

 

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September 29, 2013
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Well ,it is very sad that you are so heavily addicted to oxycontin and vicodin.Physicians often prescribe Vicodin, a combination of hydrocodone-an opiate-and acetaminophen, for the relief of moderate to severe pain. It works by blocking pain receptors in the brain, but it also induces a sense of euphoria, making it extremely effective but also highly addictive.At the same time OxyContin is also  time-release oral version of oxycodone, an opium derivative.  Oxycodone is the active ingredient in other pain relievers like Percodan and Percocet.  The time-release characteristic of OxyContin allows it to effectively manage pain over a period of several hours. But as you yourself know that both these drugs are causing so much problem for you and I believe the only way out now for you is to join a rehab center so that you an get professional help to get over your addiction with least repercussions,like the withdrawl symptoms.

October 2, 2013
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Hi there,

Your problem is in fact

very common. Many people are struggling from painkiller addiction today, and

have a hard time stopping it. Painkillers are habit-forming drugs, that can

also alter your brain function in your reward system. Just like any other

illicit drugs, painkillers may cause physical and psychological  dependence, and result in

addiction. Many people become addicted to their prescription painkillers for different

reasons.  Some people continue taking the drugs, after the pain is gone, because

of "pleasure" effects produced by these drugs.  Some people

misuse painkillers, by taking them by means not recommended by

the doctor: by snorting it or injecting it. And others use painkillers

for self-soothing to deal with stress, dramatic events, to relax and to fall asleep.

Misusing the painkillers may lead to a serious addiction.

The symptoms you are describing,

are typical  for someone with dependence (or it may even be an addiction)

problem. When you cannot function without the drugs, this can be a sign of

addiction. You also have to understand that tapering off painkillers or

reducing the dosage with intent to quit, may be even dangerous, due to powerful

withdrawal symptoms. What you need is a drug rehab facility, that specialize in

painkillers or prescription drug addiction, where you can withdraw in the safe

environment, under medical supervision. This process is called

detoxification. Your substance abuse professional may even prescribe some

addiction medications or sedatives to help you manage cravings and the symptoms

of withdrawals.

After the detox is completed,

you will undergo a behavioral therapy and counseling to help you learn to live without

using painkillers, and help you understand the cause of your addiction. After

completing the program, that make take from six month to a year, you will be

able to live a healthy and productive life!

 

Regards,

 

Tanya Jones

The Addiction Hotline

(855) YES-REHAB

(855) 937-7342

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Well uknowingly taking medicine in the form of painkillers can actually turn out to be an addiction over a period of time. That is why those who are unable to cope with unsudden addiction issues can always ask for rehab help to them to make a sincere comeback in life.

October 26, 2014
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The brain has responded to the presence of the pain medicine by increasing the number of receptors for the drug, and the nerve cells in the brain cease to function normally.

December 23, 2014
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i think so The brain has responded to the presence of the pain medicine  the number of receptors for the drug.

February 23, 2015
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RehabForTeens said:

Entering a rehab for treatment will definitely help,as prolonged use of any type of painkillers makes one immune to them,and also has adverse effect on vital organs like the kidneys...

I agree, attending some drug rehab centers program would really help in your recovery. Like in California, there’s a big number of substance abuse people who manage to recover after admitting into a rehab center. You can also contact some therapist or counselor that might help you with your problem. I know how hard it is to be in your situation now, but you should be brave and strong for you to end your suffering. I know you can do it, you just really need to believe in yourself. When you feel like giving up or you feel really down, always remember that God is with. You will not face this alone, he will guide and give you strength for you to win this battle. Just have faith in him. God bless you.

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