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Oxycontin and Addiction

Oxycontin and Addiction

Oxycodone is a pain reliever that is prescribed all too frequently to treat moderate to severe pain.  The drug is found in both alone and combination, with other pain relievers in a tablet form under several brand names including:

      • OxyContin
      • OxylR and OxyFast (immediate release)
      • Percodan- Oxycodone and aspirin
      • Percocet- oxycodone and acetaminophen

The substance Oxycodone is synthesized, by chemical modification a precursor opioid which are obtained from the poppy opium plant.  This medication is manufactured in a lab, it impacts the user in similar ways that other illegal or street drugs would.  Oxycodone is known for it’s ability to deliver a powerful high, making it frequently and easily abused for an alarming number of individuals.

When this medication is abused, it puts the individual at risk, raising his or her tolerance, creating a mental and physical dependence on Oxycodone itself.  Even when people who are not taking extra doses to get that high feeling, overtime will develop an addiction as an end result. Individuals who become addicted to opiate prescription medicines like oxycodone are 40 times more likely to develop a heroin abuse problem as time passes.

Potential signs of abuse and symptoms

Opioids, by nature are a depressant throughout the body and the mind, what goes up must always come down.  When someone uses oxycodone, they experience a wide range of symptoms, in a manner that’s consistent with other opioid substances.

Signs and symptoms will vary, dependent upon which formulation of oxycodone is being abused.  Usually, the time release form of the medicine releases over a period of 12 hours at a lower intensity than the instant release forms, which can trigger much more obvious symptoms for a shorter duration.  These different release rates will ultimately effect the individual’s usage.  Non-medical alternate routes of administration of oxycodone include crushing the instant tablets and snorting them or dissolving them in aqueous solution to be injected.

So why is it that people abuse Oxycontin?  The are looking for less pain, feelings of joy and happiness referred to as euphoria, release of muscular tension, and or mental calm or relaxation.  What these same people don’t realize is that they will have some unwanted symptoms as well including slowed or difficult breathing, nausea and vomiting, confusion, constipation and going in and out of sleep and consciousness- also known as “nodding out.”

Is it an Overdose?

Potential signs of an overdose include:

      • Constricted pupils, non reactive to light
      • Periods of extreme sedation
      • Not being able to be woken up
      • Lack of responsiveness, even to drastic measures
      • Respiratory arrest
      • Cyanotic, or bluish appearance to lips and fingernails.

Addiction to Oxycontin

Addiction to Oxyconton is likely to have taken place on an individual at the point that he or she continues to use it, even after knowing it’s having an unwanted influence in their lives.  These addicted individuals may act in the following ways due to their opioid addiction(s):

    • Lie and steal to obtain more of the drug
    • Display changed interests and personality characteristics
    • Neglect other aspects of life while devoting more time and energy or attention to obtaining and using oxycodone
    • Try to acquire more of the drug by providing false medical histories to medical professionals forging prescriptions or visiting multiple doctors to receive multiple prescriptions
    • Continue to use even when confronted by medical, interpersonal, legal or financial consequences.

Withdrawing from Oxycontin

When an individual is dependent on this medication or substance, the brain becomes so accustomed to the presence of it, both physically and mentally, that it cannot function normally without it.  Being dependent on Oxycontin is a serious matter, the user will need to maintain a supply of the drug or face symptoms of withdrawal such as:

    • Increased pain and sensitivity
    • Inability to have restful sleep
    • Restlessness and agitation
    • Stomach and gastrointestinal problems such as appetite changes, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting
    • Excessive sweating
    • Feeling cold and shivering, as well as other flu like symptoms

Individuals who use heroin will sometimes use drugs containing oxycodone to reduce or take away their own withdrawal symptoms.  Luckily, in our current society, drug addiction treatment is an accessible way to stop this addiction, in, for the most part, a comfortable atmosphere, versus just going “cold turkey,” or as they used to call it, shake n baking.

Oxycontin Addiction Treatment

Residential detox and rehabilitation programs have patients in recovery, while living at the facility, under 24 hour professional care.  Treatment programs vary in length, anywhere from 30 days to 9-12 months.  Most medical insurances will cover the cost of addiction treatment if deemed medically necessary.  There are also outpatient levels of care allowing the patient to obtain employment or live at home while receiving care.

Oxycodone is an extremely dangerous drug, growing in popularity over the past couple decades.  Nearly 60 million prescriptions for oxycodone-contaifing drugs were written in the year 2013 in America alone. 

Oxycodone should always be taken with extreme precaution and in under medical supervision.   Becoming addiction to this drug has substantial and devastating consequences, sometimes even causing the addicted individual to lose everything they have in life.

If you or someone you care about could be struggling with Prescription addiction or Oxycontin abuse, please call our admissions office today and get them the help they need to be free from drug abuse.

Call (949) 463-0229


References:  www.drugabuse.com

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