Pain Pills and Heroin: What’s the Real Difference?
When I think about the difference between pain pills and heroin, I immediately ask myself “what difference?”
I’ve been addicted to heroin and more pain pills than I can count. My addiction started with Percocet and moved to OxyContin. Along the way, I wanted to know more about Vicodin vs. Percocet. The only difference between these two was the strength and the absence of fillers like Tylenol.
As my disease progressed, the money I made from the pills I sold (to support the larger amount of pills I took) wasn’t enough. Naturally, I turned to something thought of as much darker. I turned to heroin.
Pills aren’t nearly as stigmatized as heroin is. Even within addict circles, heroin is often seen as a big “no-no.” Because of this stigma, I kept my addiction hidden for a long time.
Do Pain Pills and Heroin Feel the Same?
After I went to treatment and learned about addiction as a disease, I realized there wasn’t any difference between the pills I began my addiction with, or the heroin I ended it with. I liked heroin because it produced exactly the same high as pain pills, but was much cheaper.
Which is Worse?
What’s the difference between Oxycodone and OxyContin? It’s a question I hear often and for good reason – plenty of confusion surrounds the subject. Heroin and prescription pain pills affect the same neuroreceptors and create the same physical dependence. Withdrawal from both pain pills and heroin is exactly the same. Opioid withdrawal symptoms include anxiety, insomnia, pain, muscle cramps and spasms, hot and cold sweats, and diarrhea.
Both pain pills and heroin are semi-synthetic drugs derived from the opium poppy. That means at the end of the day there’s little difference between Vicodin vs Percocet. Both are central nervous system depressants and analgesics (pain-blockers). Both are highly addictive. Both produce tolerance and dependence in users.
To put it another way, there’s no difference between a pain pill addiction and a heroin addiction. One isn’t worse than the other. In fact, they’re both pretty devastating addictions. Many wonder, “Is Vicodin stronger than Percocet?” Medical professionals can point to the opioids within, but those struggling with addiction have their own reasons for asking.
Pain Pills and Heroin: What’s On the Rise?
Over the past ten years, the amount of people addicted to prescription pain pills has increased substantially. In fact, 79.5% of individuals who report using heroin in the past year had previously abused prescription pain pills.
This statistic makes me wonder if, like me, those users made the switch to heroin after their pain pill habit became too expensive. Many will similarly want to know what is the difference between hydrocodone and oxycodone? As we’ve established, very little given the minimal missing links to active opioids and heroin.
Do you know someone suffering from a pain pill addiction? What about a heroin addiction? Both are progressive and deadly diseases, therefore successful treatment must be just as progressive and specialized. Fortunately, Lighthouse Recovery Institute takes this idea to heart.
We offer Gender-Specific Addiction Treatment, so our patients can focus on what’s important while in treatment and begin living healthy and successful lives.
Call Lighthouse today at 1-844-I-CAN-CHANGE or 1-(561)-381-0015 to learn more about the importance of gender-specific substance abuse treatment.
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