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OXYCODONE: Effects and Addiction Treatment

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Oxycodone is a drug that replicates the effects of drugs like morephine which works as a pain reliever. Due to the addictive nature of oxycodone, it is a controlled substance. The drug is usually prescribed so your doctor can monitor your intake. Despite these efforts, oxycodone is often used illicitly. If you are addicted to OxyContin and are ready to get help, there are facilities available to aid you with detox and rehabilitation.  

Oxycodone Detox Is The First Treatment Program

Detox is necessary if your goal is to live your life without the use of oxycodone. Without detox, dangerous side effects can occur.  The following are side effects that can occur with the abuse of oxycodone:

  • Euphoria
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Nausea and abdominal pains
  • Constipation and diarrhea
  • Muscle pains
  • Slurred speech
  • Change in pitch of voice
  • Anxiety
  • Respiratory problems

Oxycodone Withdrawal Symptoms

Withdrawal from oxycodone can be very difficult and painful but is ultimately dependent on the severity of the addiction. The following is a timeline that outlines the stages of withdrawal that are typically seen in those that undergo Oxycontin detox:

  • 0-6 hours after the last use addict will usually start to feel cravings. When these cravings are not fed, then anxiety and irritability begin.
  • 12-14 hours after the last use, addicts will typically become depressed and more emotional.
  • By the end of the day withdrawal symptoms can include muscle aches, headaches, loss of appetite and sweats.
  • 24-36 hours after the last use, body aches become more pronounced. Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea are typical, along with and elevated heart rate.
  • After 36 hours, the most difficult stage of withdrawal begins and can last for a couple days. All prior symptoms can become more overwhelming. Sleep is usually lost due to being uncomfortable.

Oxycodone Rehab

The Watershed Addiction Treatment Programs has successfully helped thousands of individuals suffering from oxycodone addiction. The rehabilitation treatment program begins when detoxification is complete. Its focus is on the psychological consequences of the oxycodone addiction and provides patients with the skills that they need to live their life free of drugs. They will attend counseling and therapy sessions that address the issues that have influenced the life of the recovering addict. There are various programs that may be offered at a treatment facility to meet the needs of those that are committed to long term sobriety.

  • Inpatient residential treatment: Patients remain at the addiction treatment facility throughout the entirety of detoxification and rehabilitation.
  • Outpatient treatment programs: Patients reside at home while attending weekly meetings and sessions.
  • Aftercare: Additional curriculum that supports further addiction recovery may be provided. Sober living homes are an option as well as various group support meetings.
  • Individually specialized care: Gender, age, professionals programs may be provided.

The Watershed also caters to the needs of family members that have been affected by the oxycodone abuse of a loved one. They will have the opportunity to address the damage that has been done and acquire skills that they need to restore the family dynamic. We highly encourage friends and family members to gain knowledge about the patients disease in order to maximize the potential for long term sobriety.

If you or someone you love needs help with Oxycodone abuse, please call The Watershed Addiction Treatment Programs 24 hour Helpline: 1-800-861-1768.



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