702, 2015

Suboxone and Subutex Information: Drug Dependence & Addiction

February 7th, 2015|Dependence, Suboxone|Comments Off on Suboxone and Subutex Information: Drug Dependence & Addiction

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6

There is a great deal of confusion about the difference between dependence and addiction.
You are said to be dependent on any substance from which you experience uncomfortable symptoms when you stop taking the substance.

It doesn’t have to be an opioid like OxyContin or methadone to create dependence. Many of us have become dependent on sugar or caffeine. When we tried to stop eating sugar or drinking coffee or caffeinated beverages, we experienced uncomfortable symptoms—headaches, cramps or others, for example.

However, for the person becoming dependent on opioids, the […]

710, 2014

OxyContin Addiction and OxyContin Dependence Are Widespread, and Can Have Deadly Consequences

October 7th, 2014|Dependence, OxyContin/Oxycodone|Comments Off on OxyContin Addiction and OxyContin Dependence Are Widespread, and Can Have Deadly Consequences

Prescribed by Doctors or Taken for FUN
And the pain of coming off it can stop most people from trying…
If you’re having a problem with OxyContin dependence, you’re not alone.

OxyContin dependency and OxyContin addictions are an epidemic sweeping the country.
OxyContin, like heroin, oxycodone, Vicodin, methadone, hydrocodone and other opiates and opioids, is highly addictive.
OxyContin is essentially “legal” heroin.
Oxycodone, the active ingredient in OxyContin, is molecularly similar to and has similar effects to heroin in the body.
Percodan and Percocet also contain oxycodone.
OxyContin came on the market in the mid ‘90’s.
Misrepresentations to doctors about its addictive qualities by Purdue Pharma, its manufacturer, led to a $680 million fine […]

1009, 2012

Sleep, Sleeping Pills And Other Alternatives, Part II

September 10th, 2012|Dependence, News|Comments Off on Sleep, Sleeping Pills And Other Alternatives, Part II

Last week we discussed the five stages of sleep, some of the conditions which affect sleep and some of the facts and myths about sleep. Many of our patients at Novus Medical Detox who are detoxing from heroin addiction, methadone addiction, or OxyContin addiction complain that they can’t sleep. This week we will discuss some of the ways that we help our patients sleep and how our society deals with sleep. We also discuss the need to not treat the symptoms but look for the medical cause if sleep problems continue for more than a few days.


In our society, when someone goes to […]

1006, 2011

Novus Psychoactive Drug Health Package

June 10th, 2011|Dependence, News, Novus Medical Detox|Comments Off on Novus Psychoactive Drug Health Package


One of the biggest problems in our present society is that more and more people contacting us are victims of “Radio Medicine.”  As you may recall, “Radio Medicine” means that when you hear a strange sound coming from the car engine you just turn up the volume of the radio and keep driving. We all know that the problem just gets worse and will lead to your being parked on the side of the road waiting for the tow truck.

While the ages of these “Radio Medicine” victims contacting Novus Medical Detox Center run from 18 to 83, the majority are between 40 and […]

1003, 2011

Supreme Court Refuses to Shield Drug Manufacturers From Liability

March 10th, 2011|Dependence, Legal, News|Comments Off on Supreme Court Refuses to Shield Drug Manufacturers From Liability

On March 4, 2009, the United States Supreme Court released their decision entitled Wyeth v. Levine. In our August 19, 2008 newsletter we described the issues at stake in this case.

Briefly, Levine was a musician who was administered the anti-nausea drug Phenergan directly into her vein using an IV. The drug entered Levine’s artery and she developed gangrene, forcing her doctors to amputate her forearm. Levine brought a state-law damages action against Wyeth, alleging that Wyeth had failed to provide an adequate warning about the significant risks of administering Phenergan via an IV.

The Vermont jury determined that Levine’s injury would not have occurred if Phenergan’s […]

1008, 2010

A Ten-Year-Old Girl Who Died

August 10th, 2010|Dependence, News|Comments Off on A Ten-Year-Old Girl Who Died

This week’s newsletter is about a ten-year-old girl that died. It could have been about a 30-year-old man or an 18-year-old girl who died. These deaths are happening with alarming frequency. But always when an older person dies from prescription drugs, there is an assumption that they “should have known better.”  There is always the suspicion that even though the news reports say that this fatal overdose was caused by prescription drugs, there must be more to the story.

Maybe the person was really a secret drug user?  Maybe the person had mixed the prescription drug with other substances that didn’t show up in the toxicology […]

902, 2010

Drug Ads on Television – How Did It Happen?

February 9th, 2010|Dependence, News|Comments Off on Drug Ads on Television – How Did It Happen?

Most of us often wish for easy solutions to our problems. If we see that our clothes are getting tight, what is wrong with wishing for a harmless pill that will allow us to lose weight without changing our eating habits?  When we watch television, we see example after example of happy people who have lost 20, 40 or even 100 pounds by taking this or that pill. However, most of us have learned that these pills don’t really work. Yet, they are on television for a reason—they sell enough products to pay for the costs and make a profit for the company promoting them.

Hope […]

1412, 2009

How Long Will My Novus Medical Detox Take?

December 14th, 2009|Dependence, News, Novus Medical Detox|Comments Off on How Long Will My Novus Medical Detox Take?

When someone decides that they need to go to a medical detox facility to help them withdraw from a drug or alcohol, they always ask how long it will take to complete their:

Methadone Detox
High Dose Methadone Detox
OxyContin Detox
Oxycodone Detox
Vicodin Detox
Heroin Detox
Suboxone Detox
Other Opiate/Opioid Detox
Alcohol Detox
Benzo Detox


This question is easy to answer for some medical detox facilities other than Novus.
The reason—they have a fixed and unchanging detox protocol for each type of drug and for alcohol.
That is just the way it is.
Sometimes it is too short and the person is very uncomfortable—to the point that they […]

911, 2009

No Opiate/Opioid Withdrawal Pain?

November 9th, 2009|Dependence, News, Opiates|Comments Off on No Opiate/Opioid Withdrawal Pain?

At Novus our patients do not suffer the withdrawal pain that they have experienced at other detox facilities or when they tried to withdraw from opiates or opioids on their own.

Here is why.


Simply speaking, an opiate is a drug derived directly from the opium plant. Examples of opiates are morphine, codeine and heroin. An opioid is a synthetic drug that acts in the same way as the opiates. Examples of opioids are oxycodone and hydrocodone which are the narcotic ingredients of OxyContin, Vicodin and Percocet.


The Encarta Dictionary defines pain as, “unpleasant physical sensation: the acutely unpleasant physical discomfort experienced by somebody […]

311, 2009

Need Alcohol Detox – Why Novus?

November 3rd, 2009|Alcohol, Dependence, News, Novus Medical Detox|Comments Off on Need Alcohol Detox – Why Novus?


The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism says:

8.5 percent of adults in the United States met the criteria for an alcohol use disorder;

1.1 percent of adults in the United States met the criteria for an alcohol disorder and a drug disorder;
Men were more likely than women to have problems with alcohol, drugs, or the two substances combined.

Alcohol is a growing problem in this country. This is partly because it is legal for adults to drink and partly because drinking is considered “normal.” However, many people who abuse alcohol don’t really understand what alcohol is doing to their bodies and also are […]