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Oxycontin Addiction

OxyContin Addiction

Oxycontin is the brand name for the opioid-based drug oxycodone. Oxycodone is the active ingredient in some pain relievers like Percocet and Percodan. This medication was first introduced in 1995 as a painkiller and its purpose was to treat more severe pain like morphine and other highly potent opioid painkillers do.  Unfortunately, OxyContin is highly addictive, as it is a controlled drug that can only be obtained with a prescription. Since it its introduction, OxyContin has been the most frequently prescribed pain medication in North America. Illegally obtained OxyContin has become a major problem for drug enforcement officials. The time-released characteristic of Oxycontin was made so that it can manage pain for up to 6 hours. Oxycontin abusers have found that if they crush the tablet and snort it or dilute it in water and inject it will disarm the time release action of the medication, which can be fatal. The bottom line is that OxyContin abuse can lead to severe personal and professional complications, as well as painful physical and emotional issues.

Symptoms of OxyContin Addiction

When an addiction to OxyContin is occurring, a person will display some combination of symptoms of their addiction. Because all areas of a person’s life becomes impacted by OxyContin addiction, the symptoms that can occur can be wide-ranging. Some of the most common symptoms of OxyContin addiction include the following:

• Changes in eating habits
• Changes in sleeping habits
• Lack of hygiene
• Slurred speech
• Shaking
• Pinpoint pupils
• Nodding out
• Mood swings
• Extreme highs in excitement for short periods of time
• Failure to perform the standard at work or school
• Being secretive about whereabouts
• Alienation of friends or family who disapprove of use
• Financial Problems that include borrowing or stealing money

Oxycontin Detox

The body naturally produces chemicals, such as endorphins, that produce feelings of happiness and contentment. Those neurotransmitters bind to the opioid receptors. When someone takes opioids, the body decreases its production of those chemicals. It begins to rely on the drugs to improve one’s mood and keep aches and pains at bay.

The prescription medication eventually stops working as well as it once did. By this time, the body isn’t producing mood-enhancing chemicals anymore. If a person tries to stop using the drug, the symptoms that develop can be extremely distressing. It may seem like there is no other option available, causing a continuation of the OxyContin abuse.

Oxycodone detox is necessary because a person cannot regain equilibrium while the drug is still in the system. Because the chemicals mess with the central nervous system, they make a person feel as though they need them to survive.

The likelihood of using opioids for a long-term period increases after a person takes a narcotic such as oxycodone for just a few short days. A person has to go through OxyContin detox to release the body’s dependency on the drug. After the substance is out of the system, a person can begin to recover from physical and psychological addiction.

Oxycontin Withdrawal Symptoms

The oxycodone detox process can be long and complex. Once you stop using the drug, levels of noradrenaline in your system increase. This is what causes some of the oxycodone withdrawal symptoms, such as:

• Rapid heart rate
• High blood pressure
• Nausea and vomiting
• Sweating
• Muscle aches and pains
• Watery eyes
• Runny nose
• Problems sleeping
• Anxiety
• Sweats and chills
• Tremors
• Cramping

These symptoms can be severe and feel worse than the flu. Severe vomiting and diarrhea can lead to dehydration, which can make matters worse. Withdrawal symptoms should be monitored by a medical professional.

With at home detox, individuals have the attention and support of a care provider as they go through the process. Home detox allows a person to stay comfortable in familiar surroundings, which can make them feel more at ease and prevent unnecessary anxiety.

Moreover, a person’s care provider can help them understand what they are experiencing. If someone has been taking a long-acting form of OxyContin, they might not experience withdrawal symptoms for a day or two after their last dose. Shorter-acting forms of OxyContin produce withdrawal symptoms more rapidly. Those types of substances are also eliminated from the body faster than long-acting kinds of oxycodone.

Symptoms usually peak two to five days into detox. Individuals may still experience digestive problems, loss of appetite and co-occurring mental disorders after a week. It can take a long time to experience a full recovery, which is why the initial oxycodone period is so important. Without the right support and medical supervision, individuals could be more likely to relapse.

In some cases, someone may be able to taper off of the drugs gradually to minimize withdrawal symptoms. Additional medications can be prescribed to help them stay comfortable and reduce psychological distress.

Our professionals tailor their home detox plans to meet the needs of all our clients. We offer the support that they require and the care that they need to launch themselves into a long and successful recovery.

OxyContin Addiction Treatment

Someone looking to recover from OxyContin addiction should obtain the treatment that is most appropriate for the severity of their substance use disorder. Options for OxyContin addiction treatment include:

• Residential/inpatient treatment
• Partial Hospitalization Programming
• Intensive Outpatient Programming
• Outpatient Treatment

If a person is dependent on OxyContin, the first step they should take in regards to treatment is to enroll in MD Home Detox in Los Angeles. Our medical professionals can rid their body of OxyContin and other addictive substances while receiving top-notch medical and psychiatric care. As soon as they are able enough to engage in therapy, they can begin the treatment program that meets their needs best.