Oxycodone vs. Heroin
When it comes to oxycodone vs. heroin, many people question which is worse. The assumption is that heroin is worse than oxycodone since one is a pill given out by doctors and one is bought on the street. The truth is that they aren’t much different.
When it comes to oxycodone, heroin, and other drugs, some people feel there is a stigma attached. The truth is that this stigma is unnecessary, as addiction is a disease, not a lack of willpower or moral failing. Unfortunately, addiction doesn’t discriminate, so both oxycodone and heroin use can become an addiction in a short amount of time. These opioids cause the same changes in the brain’s chemistry, so the addiction that results is equally difficult to overcome. Often, people addicted to oxycodone and heroin need treatment from professionals to endure withdrawal symptoms and begin their recovery.
At TruHealing Centers, we provide comprehensive addiction treatment programs, including programs for opioid addiction. Our team has extensive experience helping people begin their journey away from addiction. If you or a loved one is struggling with an addiction to oxycodone or heroin, contact our team today by calling 833.631.0525 or completing our secure online form for more information about how we can help. First, it is often beneficial to know more about these drugs and their effects.
What Is Oxycodone?
Oxycodone is an opioid that is usually prescribed by a doctor to treat severe pain and changes the brain’s chemistry. It typically is in pill or capsule form. Common examples of medications that contain oxycodone include:
Once oxycodone alters the brain’s chemistry, the chance for addiction increases dramatically. In fact, many doctors are questioning the value of prescribing oxycodone for their patients, as so many people become addicted to this narcotic. Signs of oxycodone addiction include:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Stomach pain
- Sweating or shivering
- Breathing problems
Unfortunately for many people, once their prescription for oxycodone expires, their addiction remains. Often, these people then turn to heroin use to satisfy their cravings.
What Is Heroin?
Heroin is an illegal drug that is derived from morphine, which is taken from the opium plant. This narcotic can be snorted, smoked, or injected. One of the many dangers of heroin is that it is often mixed or “cut” with other powerful drugs, such as fentanyl, which can make even one dose of heroin a lethal dose. Common signs of heroin addiction include:
- Falling asleep suddenly or “nodding off”
- Pinpoint pupils
- Nausea and vomiting
- Needle marks on arms (if the heroin is being injected)
- Slowed breathing
Oxycodone vs. Heroin
So which one is worse, oxycodone or heroin? Heroin and oxycodone pills are practically the same when we look at the chemicals in each and have very similar effects. Heroin and oxycodone pills are both highly addictive and dangerous. We can no longer compare one to the other as better or worse. Both can and will kill you. It is time for people to stop pinning oxycodone vs. heroin and begin talking about these drugs being equally addictive, dangerous, and deadly. This epidemic has already claimed so many people’s lives, so we need to help people chose to enter treatment and live a life of recovery.
Overcome Opioid Addiction at TruHealing Centers
At TruHealing Centers, our team understands the grip that addiction to oxycodone or heroin can have on a person’s life. These drugs are equally dangerous, and both require professional treatment to overcome the addiction. Our addiction treatment programs provide holistic healing for people who are ready to begin their recovery. If you or a loved one are ready to begin a life free from addiction, reach out to our team today by calling 833.631.0525 or completing our convenient online form. We are ready to help you retake control of your life, so contact TruHealing Centers today.