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How A Better Today Treats a Oxycodone Addiction

Oxycodone, popularly known as Oxycontin, is a valuable tool for medical professionals treating mild to severe pain. It modifies the way the brain interprets physical distress signals and induces a sensation of exhilaration and relaxation.

A very serious drawback, however, is that it is highly addictive. It doesn’t take long for the brain’s chemistry to adjust to the higher dopamine levels delivered from the extended use of Oxycodone.
Soon, the prescribed dose from the doctor is not enough to achieve the same results.

Some recreational users take it to self-medicate underlying issues such as depression, anxiety, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Long-term use of Oxycodone affects the part of the brain responsible for decision-making, which further complicates these co-occurring disorders. Regardless of the motivations for taking Oxycodone, prolonged use will result in the same issue: physical dependency and addiction.

People addicted to Oxycodone show standard drug seeking behaviors. They may resort to stealing a family member’s medication, or swindling money from a loved one to pay their dealer. If these efforts don’t produce their next dose of Oxycodone, they could consider turning to Heroin to feed their addiction. Heroin produces similar effects as Oxycodone for a lower price, and it’s much easier to get.

Detox and treatment continue to prove to be the best means to a successful recovery. Detox safely eases the addicted person out of active addiction, while treatment addresses the underlying causes of addiction. Individual treatment is especially crucial in the healing process and the transition to a sober life. Oxycodone addiction treatment should allow for a comprehensive healing process tailored to the detailed facets of life that are meaningful to the addicted person.

Over 4 million people have used Oxycontin for non-medical purposes.

What is Oxycodone?

Oxycodone was developed in Germany in 1917, with the intention of improving the methods being used during that time for pain relief. It was devised from two varieties of poppies and is still prescribed by doctors today.

Because of its well-documented inclination for abuse, Oxycodone is listed as a Schedule II drug. Patients prescribed the drug for pain relief also enjoy a euphoric feeling that overcomes stress and anxiety.

Recreational users enjoy the euphoric feeling that comes with Oxycodone. Oxycodone is extremely effective for managing pain because of the time delay formula, sustained relief from pain, due to its time-release component. For recreational users, the sustained benefit of the pill is of no use. Those who abuse Oxycodone tend to crush and snort the pills, mix them with alcohol, or inject the substance with a syringe.

Those who do abuse this substance will chase the euphoric feeling of their initial high. Being an opioid-based medication, this substance is usually prescribed by a doctor with specific instructions regarding dosage and frequency. It is when the person varies from the prescription instructions is when their dependency on the substance can get out of control.

Drug & Alcohol Interventions for Oxycodone Abuse

Extra pressure is put on spouses to pick up the slack while caring for the addicted person. Children don’t understand why mommy or daddy is there, but isn’t present. Addiction affects the entire family. It becomes clear that your loved one needs stern but loving support to recover from this addiction. An intervention can prevent the addiction from taking a stronger hold. The purpose of an intervention is to convey a message of love when they are lost in the depth of their denial.

An addicted person’s friends and family have a distinct perspective that the addicted person doesn’t have. If the addicted person is in denial about his or her Oxycodone abuse, the coming together of loved ones, in earnest, can encourage the addicted person to consider treatment. Interventions can be difficult to host or experience when you love the person so much. Having a resource or someone to help you through it can ease the pressure and discomfort of an Oxycodone intervention.

The New Gateway Drug to Heroin: Prescription Painkillers

The climate around prescription Opioids is tricky. They have been considerably successful in treatment of pain. However, some doctors have been reluctant to prescribe them for fear of being prosecuted for overprescribing the medication. When taken properly, these opioid prescriptions work wonders for pain. Unfortunately, those who take too many too often, mix alcohol and pills, or even crush them and snort them to increase the effectiveness are sliding down a slippery slope to addiction. 

Once their prescription runs out, the addicted person may seek out more from friends and family. Eventually, when all options are depleted, the drug seeking behavior commonly associated with addiction encourages a cheaper more readily available source; Heroin. Many people have found that Heroin is a viable substitute. Even though Oxycodone is not on every street corner, Heroin is, and it produces the same benefits for less.

Oxycodone use specifically has escalated by over 240% over the last five years.

Common Behaviors Associated With Oxycodone Addiction

It may be hard to detect common behaviors of those under the influence of Oxycodone, as the effects appear to be subtler to another person. The compelling feeling of euphoria becomes more elusive, as treatment with the drug continues, so the user feels the need to increase dosages. If a loved one is exceedingly joyful, then shortly thereafter, seems down or even depressed, this could be an indication of Oxycodone abuse.

More severe mood swings tend to occur during an addiction as the user loses hope for the desired feelings of euphoria and can only hope to avoid the unmistakable pain and sickness of withdrawal.

When someone is struggling with Oxycodone use, the side effects of its use can be easier to spot. These side effects include vomiting, loss of appetite, dizziness, sweating, and depression. Feelings of shame and guilt often accompany Oxycodone abuse as well.

The Dangers Associated with Oxycodone Abuse

Signs & Symptoms

Oxycodone has desirable effects that many people enjoy; however, the happy calm doesn’t come without its costs. Prolonged use of the drug results in persisting constipation, which leads to other health issues. Difficulty breathing and sleep disruptions are also symptoms of the overuse of Oxycodone.

Possibly the most glaring sign of Oxycodone addiction is the longing to stop taking it but being unable to do so without adverse effects. This creates a pattern of drug seeking behaviors that may allow for destruction of relationships and/or the loss of a job. If you suspect an Oxycodone addiction, get help immediately.

Withdrawal

When the brain suddenly isn’t receiving the chemicals it needs to function, the body rapidly and in vain, tries to figure out a way to compensate for the loss.

This sets off a series of alerts to the mind and body, demanding regulation. The mind receives these signals in the form of anxiety, irritation, and feelings of hopelessness. The body receives these signs in the form of pain in muscles and joints, cramping, fever, diarrhea, vomiting, restlessness, and excessive sweating.

Withdrawals from Oxycodone can last up to a week, sometimes longer and should be done under medical supervision. Going cold turkey from opioid prescription medication is difficult, painful, and mentally stressful. 

Overdose

In pursuit of the euphoria that was achieved in the early stages of Oxycodone use, people using it recreationally are almost always in danger of overdosing. Instead of experiencing a happy serenity, a body struggling with overdose of Oxycodone goes into survival mode. High doses of Oxycodone can cause dangerously slow breathing and even respiratory failure or coma.

Difficulty breathing, bluish tint to lips or fingernails, dilated pupils, sweating, and loss of consciousness are all indications of a possible Oxycodone overdose. Also, be mindful of lethargy, seizures, cold skin, and overall non-responsiveness. If you’re unsure, use your best judgment and seek professional medical help from your emergency correspondence.

FAQ

What is Oxycodone/OxyContin?

Oxycodone is a semi-synthetic pain reliever, and is a popular drug of abuse in the opiate abusing community.

What is Oxycodone/OxyContin origin?

One derivative of the poppy plant is thebaine, which is primarily used to synthesize oxycodone and OxyContin (R).

What are Oxycodone/OxyContin common street names?

OC, Roxy, Oxy, Hillbilly Heroin, Kicker, Perc, Ox

How is Oxycodone/OxyContin abused?

Oxycodone can be smoked, snorted, taken orally, or injected intravenously.

What is Oxycodone/OxyContin effects on the mind?

Oxycodone causes euphoria and feelings of relaxation, and has a very high potential for addiction.

What is Oxycodone/OxyContin effects on the body?

Oxycodone’s effects on the body include constipation, cough suppression, sedation, pain relief, papillary constriction, respiratory depression, and possible liver damage.

What are Oxycodone/OxyContin’s overdose effects?

Oxycodone’s overdose effects include cold/clammy skin, shallow breathing, extreme drowsiness, confusion, fainting, slow heart rate, pinpoint pupils, muscle weakness, respiratory failure, coma, and possibly death.

What are the withdrawal effects of Oxycodone/OxyContin?

When the user stops abusing Oxycodone, he/she could experience withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, insomnia, runny nose, yawning, muscle aches, agitation, tearing, diarrhea, nausea, dilated pupils, abdominal cramping, goose bumps, and vomiting.

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Substance Abuse Treatment for Oxycodone Abuse

Oxycodone disrupts the delicate balance of dopamine in the brain by flooding it with more than it needs. After some time, the brain learns that although dopamine is a necessity, it is provided from another source, and therefore, there is no need to manufacture it.

The process of reverting back to creating dopamine is not as easy as it was to adjust to prolonged Oxycodone abuse. A medically supervised detox and recovery treatment will ensure this process is safe and healthy.
Treatment restores the brain chemistry to its natural levels and then teaches the spirit to live without it again. It also develops methods to heal and maintain healthy relationships and a healthy body, how to carry oneself in social situations, and how to set and attain healthy goals.

Treatment should also address common co-occurring disorders that often come with Oxycodone abuse, such as anxiety or depression. If these underlying concerns are addressed, repeat Oxycodone abuse becomes less likely.

Once treatment has been completed, recovery must continue outside of the treatment facility. A thorough aftercare plan should be devised to address triggers and social situations that could facilitate relapse.

After treatment, relationships can be healed, goals can be reached, and new friends can be made. Treatment puts priorities back in their rightful order, allowing someone who once struggled with an addiction to Oxycodone, a new start at life.

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