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  • #30962
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    I am currently separated from my husband and he is abusing oxycontin, other prescription drugs and drinking alcohol. I don’t have experience with prescription abuse and I’m trying to find out all I can about where this man is in his addiction.

    The last conversation we had he admitted to snorting 80mg oxycontin and was at a bar drinking. To top that off he was riding his motorcycle and said he could barely stand up.

    My questions are, how does this affect a person, would you have to take that amount or more everyday to avoid withdrawal, can it get much worse than that without the risk of overdose.

    He has changed so much over the past 5 months, which is why we are currently separated. Does this drug alter your thoughts that you can’t think on a rational level. He seems suicidal and is very down on himself. I’ve suggested rehab but he won’t even discuss it.

    #160374
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    I had an oxy habit for about 2.5 years after many years of hydrocodone abuse. At the worse use I was doing 6 or 7 80mg a day. I could have easily done more as I built up quite a tolerance. So, yes it is a strong opiate but over time it takes more and more to get euphoric and eventually an abuser can’t make it through a day without the drug. And the w/ds are worth anything to avoid when in active addiction.

    It does change your personality, quite likely as do most addictions. I cared about nothing but the drug as my addiction took over. I watched my relationships, my business and my assets wither in a very short amount of time.

    As for your husband feeling down on himself, it took my addiction and recovery to find out what was really bothering me. So of course, I was self medicating. It turns out I had a lot of wrong ideas about life and reality. I had been using all kinds of drugs since my early teens and probably precluded a lot of maturation.

    I hate that people have to reach an incredilbly bad place before they seek help. I did. But eventually I recognized the insanity and the slavery that drug addiction causes and got to rehab.

    It seems though, that no one can tell the addict anything. They must discover it for themselves. Fortunately, though it can be ended, there is hope. I’m just 18 months clean but I am still discovering things about myself and life in an entirely new way.

    That’s my story. I hope it helps. I’m stone cold sober and doing pretty damn fine at this point.

    #160375
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    @free2beme064 1481340 wrote:

    would you have to take that amount or more everyday to avoid withdrawal, can it get much worse than that without the risk of overdose.

    To answer the first part, yes you have to take MORE to avoid withdrawal, taking the same (“maintenance”) is never fun, you are just constantly taking it to keep the sickness off — when the addict has access to his or her drug of choice then the tendency is to always up the dose.

    “Can it get much worse than that without the risk of overdose” — I think you are looking at it backwards. Sure it can get much worse than that, but the risk of overdose is actually going down. Once the addict has a real serious habit, the chance of overdose become smaller, as it becomes harder for them to take the quantity that would hurt them. I’ve read that most overdoses happen either with new users or with people who are relapsing. Of course the chance is always present and if he turns to the needle it goes up a lot.

    About the drug disturbing rational thinking, I don’t think it necessarily does, but it definitely creates an attitude change. When I was high on dope I just didn’t care about anything. To confuse the issue there’s also the fact that sometimes mental problems can lead to drug use (and not the other way around as is often assumed).

    I hope this helps.

    #160376
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    My sister, after a car accident was prescribed OxyC, that led to about 6 or 7 months of severe addiction with it, eventually she couldn’t even get high on it, was spending hundreds of dollars a day on it and that led her to Heroin. She checked into rehab and then did a 6 month program and sober living program and has been clean and sober for 5 years. Prior to the Oxy she had never abused any medications, or alcohol, OxyC just led her down a really bad path.

    #160377
    Anonymous
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    Thanks for the comments. I know there are alot of reasons why people use. He lost so much this summer, his wife, his business and a few old friends.

    I have recently went no contact with him. He’s going to have to hit rock bottom just like I did, on his own. He’s living with the person he had an affair with, she probably uses too.

    #160378
    Anonymous
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    What is the difference in abusing it in pill form & snorting it? What about when alcohol is added?

    #160373
    Anonymous
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    Active addiction alters a persons thoughts at the rational level. And yes, the longer one does, the more they will need to do over time, to maintain a feeling, to fight off the WD’s, and off course chasing the original high, that never does come back. That’s some irrational thinking right there, by itself…

    As far as eating them, or snorting them, it just changes how fast a person will feel the effects. Adding alcohol? Adding alcohol to painkillers can greatly magnify the effect, knock a person right on their butt, and of course increase the risk of overdose.

    There are no good, happy answers to any of this.

    #160380
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    Oxy’s can be ingested, snorted and injected. My girlfriend used oxy’s intraveinously and at her worst went through 10 80MG pills a day. She is only 100lbs wet. I got caught up in it and QUICKLY went from snorting to IV use. I never used more that 2 40MG pills a day. A lot of times shooting the residue from her 80MG pills was enough of a high for me. I thought I had everything under control but soon realized that I was hooked. I spent over $100K that year keeping us medicated. I have since had anesthesia-assisted detox and have not had a problem since. Apparently my problem (according to doctors and therapists) was “the girl” as I have never had any history of drug abuse prior to meeting her. She is currently in recovery but has relapsed several times. If you do not get the addiction under control, eventually something will happen. My wake up call came when we got pulled over and I got hit with a drug related DUI and she was arrested for possession/paraphenalia. I am still fighting the DUI charge. This stuff is not worth going to jail over.

    #160381
    Anonymous
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    One other point on Oxy’s…

    Ingesting the pill will reduce the overall effect and takes about 20-30 minutes before you really feel anything.

    Snorting the pill will hit you hard in about 3-5 minutes.

    Injecting will hit you even harder in 10-15 seconds.

    In all 3 scenarios the impact of the drug is increased with alcohol or benzos (such as Xanax).

    I am definitely NOT advocating use, but wanted to answer the question above honestly. This has been my experience.

    #160372
    Anonymous
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    Hi- I have a quick question for all of you very helpful posters.

    Since I have found out that my husband has been pain pills. He always seems to need a bottle of Gaitor Aid. He is sipping it all the time and the large size ones. He is very concerned where is bottle is and has to make sure it is with him all the time.

    I am beginning to think he disolves his pills in it and maintains his needs this way and he can be at work or other places with out his addiction showing. He use to hate orange flavored anything.

    Thanks for any ideas!!!!

    #160379
    Anonymous
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    When i use to use i would always have a never ending thirst. he might just be thirsty.
    and gatorade is the thirst quencher so i could understand that. but u may be right he could be disolving them in his drink but i have never known anyone to do that. sounds like alot of trouble just to injest the drugs.

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