‘She’ll always have to fight the urge…’
Although she couldn’t get her daughter into a proper treatment program, Kim discovered an herb known for helping addicts cope with the withdrawal symptoms.
She ordered numerous bottles of the Passion Flower Herb from a store in Ontario.
“ You have to take 45 drops of the herb a day,” she explains. “It has a calming effect on the endorphins in your brain and nervous system and stops the withdrawal symptoms.”
Kim says the withdrawal symptoms from Oxycontin are excruciating.
“It’s like having the flu only ten times worse,” she says. “ Vomiting, diarrhea, muscle cramps, night sweats and mood swings are all part of it. “
Fortunately the Passion Flower herb seems to be working for her daughter.
“She can manage to get up in the morning and go to work now. We just take it day by day, that’s all we can do.”
Kim says her daughter’s Oxycontin addiction has had a devastating impact on her family.
“ We’ve been through hell. Our lives have been changed forever,” she says. “My world has been shattered. I worry every day about my daughter. I wonder if she is still taking the pills, did she go to work or if she has food to eat. Many times she has gone without food because she has spent all her money on Oxycontin.”
Kim says she contacted The Compass with her story because she wanted to make other parents aware of how easy it is to become addicted to Oxycontin.
“My daughter is ashamed and embarrassed and doesn’t want anyone to know about her addiction,” says Kim. “She’s very popular and seems to have everything going for her, a perfect life, but appearances can be deceiving. I never ever thought this would happen to me, to my child who never gave us any trouble whatsoever when she was growing up. Now I feel I have to do whatever I can to prevent some other family from going through the same thing.
Meanwhile some $2 million was provided in the provincial budget last month for the planning and development of an adult residential addictions treatment centre in Harbour Grace. Kim says the centre will be filled in no time.
“ The addictions treatment centre will be built in the right location because the drug use in this area is at an all time high,” she says. I have never seen it as bad as it is now. I never thought the drug use in the Conception Bay North area was as bad as it is, but my eyes have been opened wide. So many young people from good families with hardworking caring parents are hooked on Oxycontin. I’ve seen them, I know them and they have told me they’re using it.”
By sharing her story, Kim says she hopes it will be a wake-up call to other parents in the area.
“Don’t turn a blind eye, ask the necessary questions and if you hear rumours that your child is using Oxycontin or taking other pills don’t just shrug it off,” she says “But above all don’t think it can’t happen to your family, that’s what I thought... but it did.”