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Successful Oxycontin drug rehabAs is true with most drugs, OxyContin abuse will take the user on a dwindling spiral and will continue downward until action is taken. Now is the time to take action before it is too late. Quality of life for the user and for those around him will continue to decline. Past failed attempts to overcome addiction only further depresses the individual so it should come as no surprise that fear of losing control further could stop the individual from reaching out and allowing others to help. In the state of Massachusetts, there is an increased need for workable drug rehabilitation programs.

DEA Facts

The DEA1 (United States Drug Enforcement Administration) reports that Oxycodone products continue to be diverted in the state. Percocet®, Roxicet® and OxyContin® are readily available in Massachusetts. OxyContin® continues to be the preferred pharmaceutical drug of abuse and is widely available. The drug has been obtained from such areas as Arizona, Florida and Nevada for distribution in the Massachusetts area. Traffickers continue to divert OxyContin® via express mail shipments into the greater Boston area. Along with well organized doctor shopping rings, forged and/or altered prescriptions and diversion from individuals’ prescriptions are the most commonly found diversion methods in the state.

Pharmaceutical Diversion: Current investigations indicate that diversion of oxycodone products such as OxyContin® continues to be a problem in Massachusetts. Primary methods of diversion are via illegal sale and distribution by health care professionals and workers, “doctor shopping” (going to a number of doctors to obtain prescriptions for a controlled pharmaceutical), forged prescriptions, employee theft, pharmacy theft, and the Internet. Methadone and Vicodin® were also identified as being among the most commonly abused and diverted pharmaceuticals in Massachusetts. 

Published Reports

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The Massachusetts OxyContin and Other Drug Abuse Commission report stated in its findings, "The Commission heard compelling and troubling stories about the personal toll that prescription and other drug abuse have wrought on individuals and families in the Commonwealth. Parents, spouses, and children in all parts of the Commonwealth and in every socio-economic group have experienced the extraordinary challenges of recognizing the signs of abuse, finding treatment and maintaining recovery and support for themselves and family members. As a result, the Commission expanded the scope of its review to consider public policy options for all age groups for the prevention, control and treatment of drug abuse in general, not just prescription drugs. The problems associated with the abuse of prescription drugs are significant. OxyContin abuse is perhaps the most troubling because it is highly addictive and is a gateway drug  for the use of cheaper, illicit opiates such as heroin.2 (click here for full report)

The United States GAO (General Accounting Office) states in a  published Prescription Drugs report entitled, OxyContin Abuse and Diversion and Efforts to Address the Problem, "Among several regulatory and administrative actions taken to limit abusers’access to OxyContin and controlled substances, DEA’s Office of Diversion Control, in collaboration with the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance, provides grants to states for the establishment of prescription drug monitoring programs. The conference committee report for the fiscal year 2002 appropriation to the Department of Justice directed the Office of Justice Programs to make a $2 million grant in support of the Harold Rogers Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, which enhances the capacity of regulatory and law enforcement agencies to collect and analyze controlled substance prescription data. The program provided grants to establish new monitoring programs in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. California, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Nevada, and Utah also received grants to enhance existing monitoring programs."

OxyContin Abuse News did a story in February 2001, stating "OxyContin prescription drug intended as a painkiller for cancer patients is being especially abused in areas of the East. OxyContin abusers are going taking many measures to feed their OxyContin addiction. One of the largest drug raids in Kentucky history, authorities arrested 207 people on OxyContin charges after an 8-month investigation. Kentucky is not the only area affected by OxyContin, as a surge of OxyContin popularity has started to infect Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Massachusetts, and Maine, in addition to other areas. Even medical staff has been involved in OxyContin crimes, and during the Kentucky OxyContin “roundup” a nurse was charged with stealing OxyContin from her hospital, in addition to other suspects that worked in a doctor’s office and that called in prescriptions of OxyContin to pharmacies. Other states have had instances of doctors and medical staff being arrested in connection with OxyContin fraud."4

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Oxycontin's Damage to Society

Need for drug rehab center The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA*) at Columbia University shows in a recent report that state governments spend, on average, over 15 percent of their entire budgets on substance abuse and addiction and its consequences. Unfortunately, for every dollar states spend on this problem, 94 cents goes to handle the consequences in public programs such as health care, criminal justice, education, child welfare and mental health -- and only about 2 pennies go to prevention, treatment and research programs to reduce this burden. This upside-down public policy wastes billions in taxpayer dollars at a time when resources are scarce. The state of Massachusetts is no exception. It quickly becomes self-evident there is a real need for a successful drug addiction treatment.

Choosing a Drug Rehab and Addiction Treatment Program

People should know what the goal should be of a drug rehab center? Clean and sober for 30 days? While that might be a good short-term goal, many treatment centers and 12 step programs still leave the drug addict fighting a continuing battle with addiction. "Once an addict always an addict"; or it's a mental disorder they can do nothing about. When choosing a drug rehab center for yourself or a loved one from Massachusetts, it is important to become educated on the different types of drug rehabs and what their end result will be.

Should an Oxycontin drug abuser attend a treatment program close to home?

Decision to enter drug rehabAddiction is not just drug and alcohol use, it revolves around people and things in their immediate environment which help to trigger that addictive behavior. The abuser's location and routines of drug use further trigger drug use. It is the constant and seemingly unstoppable use of drugs and the hopelessness of day to day existence which perpetuates the problem and inhibits the native desire to stop ruining their life through the use of self medicating.

The above factor should not be over looked when considering a drug rehab treatment center location. The first two weeks of treatment are always the most difficult. There many factors at work which make this so. In addition to what has been covered above, a more basic factor is this - people are creatures of habit. Even overwhelmingly positive and beneficial changes in life, such as the birth of a child or a new job do not guarantee the individual will have no thoughts of missing past negative activities such as drug or alcohol use, their drug buddies and other associated activities. Factually this is the normal reactive auto response of most human beings - to do what they are familiar with - good or bad. It is not really that they yearn for these things, but it is all that they have known for some time. If the abuser is close to home when the overwhelming feelings manifest themselves, there is a good chance they will leave and get back to what they know, drug addiction. Due to these factors, attending a drug rehab close to home is seldom the correct treatment option for chronic drug abusers. It is extremely therapeutic to be distanced from their former association with the medicine cabinet, bars, the cigar box where their staff was stored, etc. All these triggers make the task of sobriety seem insurmountable to the chronic user as these triggers continuously stimulate a reminder of their past addictive behaviors.

For individuals with a severe drug or alcohol addiction problem, choosing a long-term inpatient treatment program is another key to a successful outcome.

For individuals with a severe drug or alcohol addiction problem, choosing a long-term inpatient treatment program is another key to a successful outcome. By providing a new, safe trigger free environment, distanced from past negative associations and surroundings for an extended period of time, the chance for success increases dramatically.

drug rehab treatment program provides people with positive circumstances to increase their chances for a successful recovery. The vast majority of students entering our program, around (80%), are from out of state or from other countries.

Healing Addicted Lives

Call now and request a copy of Healing Addicted Lives written by Gary W. Smith, Director of Narconon Arrowhead Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation and Education Center.
Call anytime to speak with one of our counselors about our program. We will take the time to answer your questions whether it be for yourself or a loved one. It is possible to replace the loss and pain of alcohol or drug addiction with a productive, enjoyable life. Call now (877) 340-3602.

1United States Drug Enforcement Administration website
2The Massachusetts OxyContin and Other Drug Abuse Commission report
3GAO report

4OxyContin Abuse News story link
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