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Oxycontin Addiction: Effects and Addiction Treatment for Oxycontin Abuse

Oxycontin addiction is too common, but learning about the signs, symptoms, and treatment for Oxycontin abuse can help. With recent trends in “doctor shopping,” pharmacy theft, and falsifying prescriptions more individuals are suffering from pharmaceutical drug addictions.

Due to the addictive nature of these controlled substances, the war on drugs has evolved from our streets to our medicine cabinets.

Oxycontin Addiction

Oxycontin is a highly addictive prescription narcotic pain reliever. It is the brand name for oxycodone. Oxys are synthesized and formulated from thebaine, which is derived from opium. In a sense, Oxycontin is synthetic heroin.

This drug first became popular in rural areas, thus the nickname “hillbilly heroin” is used for Oxycontin today. Opiates are known for dependence, severe withdrawal symptoms and harmful consequences.

Painkillers, like Oxycontin and oxycodone, can be taken orally, but many addicts remove the time release and melt the drug down. Oxys can then be smoked or injected. Mixing OxyContin or oxycodone with alcohol or other drugs can be a dangerous combination.

The effects of a drug like alcohol combined with any painkiller can cause nausea, vomiting, fatigue, loss of coordination and irregular heartbeat. More importantly, combining painkillers with benzodiazepines can be a lethal concoction.

People are usually unaware of the real effects and health risks associated with prescription drugs. We feel that because these substances are found in our medicine cabinets, they are therefore safe and can not cause real harm.

Unfortunately, this is just not the case. The Food and Drug Administration found that, “from 1998 to 2005 the side effects and deaths related to prescription drugs almost tripled to 90,000 incidents.”

Oxycontin Addiction/Oxycodone Addiction

An Oxycontin addiction can be devastating to experience and watch. The reality is that addiction is a disease, and like any other medical condition, it requires treatment, which can begin at a medical drug detox and inpatient drug rehab center.

While treatment  won’t “cure” or “fix” you, it can help you get off all substances and learn a new way of life in recovery. Recovering from Oxycontin addiction is not an easy matter, but it is worth it.

It’s important to understand the side effects that can come with an Oxycontin addiction. When you stop taking Oxycontin, you may go through a physical withdrawal, but it can be as comfortable as possible for the circumstance when you go to a safe medical detox.

Once the substances are out of your system and you are no longer dependent on them, you won’t have to endure any side effects of the drug, as long as you don’t start using again. This is why inpatient drug treatment is critical.

After all, it is during drug rehab when you will be introduced to and work on tools that will help you fight off drug cravings and triggers as well as deal with problems more effectively with healthier coping mechanisms.

Side Effects of Oxycontin Addiction & Oxycodone Addiction

Dangerous side effects associated with Oxycontin and/or oxycodone include:

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

The numbing effect produced by any painkiller is very psychologically addicting. Individuals abusing opiates find it difficult to live with out them. That combined with the fact that Oxycontin withdrawal symptoms can be extremely painful, makes it difficult to kick this habit alone.

Oxycontin addiction is unfortunately common because they were prescribed so frequently and patients became addicted quickly because of how psychologically and physically addicting the pills can be. When you take a drug like Oxycontin and then suddenly stop, you may feel physically ill – which may make you more susceptible to taking the drug again, just so that you don’t feel sick.

Stopping any pharmaceutical drug abruptly is never recommended. A person abusing painkillers and suffering from an Oxycontin addiction should be gradually weaned off by a medical professional.

It’s only after detoxification that an individual can then be treated for the psychological aspect of their addiction. Oxycontin rehabs provide a safe medical detox along with residential treatment programs for those struggling with addiction.

The Watershed Addiction Treatment Programs has successfully helped thousands of individuals suffering from Oxycontin addiction. If you suspect that someone you love is abusing Oxycontin, our detox and inpatient treatment programs at The Watershed can help.

We provide a safe medical detox, where you or your loved one is gradually tapered off Oxycontin and safely monitored by medical doctors and nurses.

Following the detoxification process, your loved one will complete an intensive residential treatment plan to treat the psychological effects of their addiction.

During this time your loved one will see a psychiatrist, participate in group therapy, and work with a counselor who understands what Oxycontin addiction is really about. In residential treatment, your loved one will learn how to cope with feelings and emotions, they will deal with any trauma or grief issues, and they will learn how to prevent relapse.

After the inpatient portion of the Oxycontin addiction treatment plan, your loved one will be encouraged to participate in an Intensive Outpatient Program. By this time, your loved one will be re-integrating into society, but still attending group therapy meetings in the evenings. The groups will help your loved one learn how to live a normal life free from Oxycontin addiction.

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

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