‘She’ll al­ways have to fight the urge…’

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Hell

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.

Wake-up call

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.”

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