Oxycodone Addiction Treatment

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“Prescription drug abuse is a silent epidemic that is stealing thousands of lives and tearing apart communities and families across America,” according to Gil Kerlikowske, former Director of National Drug Control Policy. One of the most commonly used and abused of these drugs is oxycodone. Fortunately, treatment for oxycodone addiction is available for those caught in the grip of this powerful drug.

Oxycodone was developed as an alternative to morphine during World War One. It is classified as a Schedule II drug. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, Schedule II drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with a high potential for abuse, with use potentially leading to severe psychological or physical dependence. It is available as a liquid, tablet or capsule. OxyContin is a commonly prescribed medication containing oxycodone. Slang terms for OxyContin include Oxy, O.C.’s, Oxycet, Oxycottons, Oxy 80’s, Hillbilly Heroin. Other medications containing oxycodone include Roxicodone, OxIR and Oxyfast.

The Effects of Oxycodone Use

Oxycodone is an opioid. Opioids work by attaching themselves to opioid receptors. These are present in our brains and other organs in our bodies. When opioids become attached to the receptors they reduce the amount of pain we feel. They also create a sense of euphoria. Oxycodone can be time released allowing those in pain to feel constant relief throughout the day. When opioids like oxycodone are used regularly our bodies begin producing fewer opioids naturally spurring addicts to take more and more of the drug to achieve the desired effect. Eventually, addiction takes hold requiring the need for oxycodone addiction treatment.

Side effects of oxycodone products include:

  • Breathing irregularity or reparatory depression
  • Increased pressure of cerebral and spinal fluid
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Seizures
  • Heart failure
  • Low blood pressure
  • Overdose death due to cardiac arrest or slowed breathing

Opioid addiction has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. An October, 2016 article in Psychology Today reported “that government sources estimate that 2.5 million Americans have abused or become dependent on opioids (especially narcotic pain pills like OxyContin, Vicodin and Percoset, as well as a resurgence in heroin use).” In 2014 roughly 60% of all drug overdose fatalities came from opioids. Since 1999, deaths from opioid overdoses have increased nearly fourfold.

In a March, 2016 statement, President Obama said the country’s opioid epidemic was as great a threat as terrorism.

Users of oxycodone and other opioids will often transition to heroin which is less expensive and often easier to obtain. Because heroin and oxycodone have nearly the same molecular structures they produce the same desired effects. Consequently, there has been a nationwide spike in heroin addiction that has paralleled the upsurge in opioid abuse.

American Family Physician reported on a study conducted by The Ohio Substance Abuse Monitoring (OSAM) Network. Interviews were conducted with people who had recently begun using heroin. These interviews discovered that the heroin users “reported that heroin was more readily available and less expensive than OxyContin and that they would never have tried heroin had they not become addicted to OxyContin.” This trend matches patterns found in other regions throughout the United States.

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Oxycodone Detox and Treatment

Withdrawal symptoms from Oxycodone, though not fatal, can be extraordinarily painful. They include severe joint and muscle pain, as well as diarrhea nausea and vomiting. For that reason, oxycodone addiction treatment usually begins with medically assisted detox. This is an essential part of oxycodone rehab. Detox and Oxycodone treatment assists patients in safely eliminating the abused substance from the body, while helping them to manage the acute physical symptoms associated with stopping drug the use. Medications may be administered to patients in to help ease patients’ acute withdrawal symptoms and reduce the severity of any life-threatening symptoms. For example, people who have opioid dependence may be treated with medications such as methadone, buprenorphine, naltrexone or Naloxone.

Withdrawal treatment is just the first step in treatment for oxycodone addiction at Sovereign Health of Florida. Oxycodone treatment like all our treatment programs begin with full evaluations to ensure we treat the root of the problem and uncover any underlying issues that may be fueling the addiction.

All Sovereign Health locations throughout the U.S. follow The Sovereign Way, a philosophy that recognizes each patient’s unique needs and circumstances by providing personalized treatment plans tailored to his or her specific needs.  We place special emphasis on treating patients with a range of evidenced-based therapies. We equip our patients with the life skills and tools they need to thrive and enjoy lasting recovery. For more information about our treatments programs for Oxycodone recovery, please call our 24/7 helpline.

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