Growing up I never recall having taken a pain pill, like a Vicodin or even Percocet. After getting my wisdom teeth pulled, and having a small surgery on my left hand, I discovered the nice, warm "high" that I could get from popping a pain pill. At a "friend's" house he brought out a small 40mg pill that said OC on it. I had never heard of oxycontin actually, nor did I hear that you could snort, or even inject (I never injected btw) these things. Basically I had no idea what was ahead for me and my addictive personality. He crushed the pill up and cut two even lines for us. After watching him sniff one I decided to do the other. After all, he said the high hit you "all at once" and it was just like taking a bunch of pain pills. I had, and have never done any other drugs other than smoking pot btw. I was hooked from that first time I did it. I wanted it. I started buying a few pills from him here and there and soon I was spending hundreds, even over a thousand dollars sometimes, in some months, on oxycontin. OC completely changed me. My whole day revolved around a few little pills that I soon "needed", and not just wanted. I was hooked after abusing them for about 3 months. When I would try and stop taking them, the withdrawls were nothing short of the WORST HELL I could imagine. Puking, shitting, aching, sweating, panicing.... you name it. I was also lying to everyone about what was happening to me. I thought I was in the clear, but thats what this shit does to you when you are on it. You think you are on top of the world and that you have all your shit together. It's somewhat humorous looking back now, that I thought that way. Oddly enough I was listening to Howard Stern when Artie Lang broke the news that he had kicked a recent herione habit with basically a "magic pill", that would take all the withdrawl symptoms from heroine away, as well as the unbareble cravings. After researching on the net, I found many similarities between OC and heroine. It scared the shit outta me even more finding out that the two drugs were so similar. I was a junkie, just with pills. I called my DR and told her I was an addict and requested information on a drug called SUBUTEX. We looked over a program that used SUBUTEX or SUBOXONE (it contains SUBUTEX). I checked into a hospitol once I had begun my withdrawl symptoms, and after my last use of OC. SUBOXONE took almost every symptom of this LIVING HELL away. I still cannot believe that it works so well. I have kicked the habit, and my life has changed so much! I am soooooooooo much happier and I no longer have to lie to people about what I am doing. I also have a helluva lot more money now that I no longer have to spend $35-$65 per pill, on several OC a day. My hope is that someone will read this and at least be informed. I was hopeless thinking that I would have to endure about week of HELL to come off OC with no aid. I knew I couldn't do it cause believe me I tried. I had no idea that something was out there to help me in this. It is so worth being off that shit!!!!!! I would encourage anyone struggling to seek help. You will be glad you did. I also had a lot of support, once I came clean about my addiction, from my family and friends. Support from loved ones is also a very powerfull tool in fighting this too. If anyone wants more information I would like to help if I can. Just PM me and I will try my best, even if its just encouragement.