OxyContin addiction can be overcome. But defeating pain medication abuse may require the help of an OxyContin detox program under medical supervision. If the drug is interfering with your ability to function on a daily basis, call our 24 Hour Toll-Free Addiction Helpline (855) 904-7873 to get help today.

OxyContin (Oxycodone)

OxyContin is known for its safe and effective pain relief properties. But perhaps just as important, the drug is very well-known for its nontherapeutic properties — its powerful euphoric effects or “high”. This explains why OxyContin is one of the most misused prescription medications and a very popular drug of choice among abusers.

Opioid prescription medication abusers particularly like OxyContin because it contains 100% oxycodone, unlike hydrocodone products such as Vicodin, which is co-compounded with another ingredient, acetaminophen.

Many people, especially teenagers and young adults, are misled to believe that abusing OxyContin is safer than illicit drugs because it is a “prescription medication”. The fact is, OxyContin can be a very dangerous drug when misused, even fatal.

So what exactly is OxyContin and what is its potential to be dangerous and addictive, which may require OxyContin detox and addiction treatment?

What is OxyContin (Oxycodone)?

OxyContin is a brand name of a semi-synthetic opiate, oxycodone. It is a narcotic analgesic prescribed to relieve moderate to severe chronic pain. This painkiller is available in tablet form and when used for medical purposes as prescribed, it is safe and effective. However, the use of OxyContin is frequently diverted by abusers to get a powerful high.

OxyContin abusers will cook the drug by crushing the pills to a powder and snort it or by dissolving it with water and injecting the solution, so they can get an immediate and potent high. In 2010 the maker of OxyContin, Purdue Pharma, developed an abuse-deterrent version of the drug, so it is more difficult to crush and will now gel with water to resist injection.

Although this new formulation has resulted in a significant drop in OxyContin use, that drop has not been dramatic enough to lower its rank in the list of the most popular, abused drugs of choice. Incidentally it is believed that the new tamper proof version has caused some OxyContin abusers to switch over to another opiate–heroin.

OxyContin can be habit-forming, even when taken as prescribed by patients. Tolerance, as well as mental and physical dependence may develop after several weeks of use. Although OxyContin dependence is not the same as OxyContin addiction, patients and abusers should be aware of the signs and symptoms that cross the line from dependence to addition. Physical dependence may also lead to withdrawal side effects, if use of the painkiller is stopped suddenly.

The Dangers of OxyContin (Oxycodone)

OxyContin addiction is not the only serious problem abusers should be concerned about. This potent painkiller can create a plethora of health problems. Some can be fatal, especially if the user takes too much of the opioid or combines it with other central nervous system depressants or alcohol. Misuse of OxyContin can cause irregular heartbeats, seizures, severe breathing problems, hostility, paranoia and overdose.

Signs of OxyContin Overdose

If a user ingests too much OxyContin, they may start to fell sleepy and have difficulty keeping their eyes open. Eventually their breathing slows down along with their heartbeat. They may exhibit signs of decreased awareness and responsiveness, as well as no muscle tone or movement. As they continue to overdose, their respiratory and circulatory functions may shut down leading to death.

What Are the Symptoms and Signs of OxyContin Addiction?

OxyContin addiction is a chronic disease and should be treated as such, often requiring medically supervised Oxycontin detox and rehabilitation.

Signs of OxyContin addiction include:

  • Taking more frequent doses of OxyContin per day
  • Taking OxyContin in higher doses than needed for pain relief or for other reasons besides pain
  • Continuing to use OxyContin even though it is causing dysfunction and health problems
  • Constantly craving OxyContin and spending much time seeking the drug

OxyContin Detox and Addiction Treatment

Trying to stop using OxyContin on your own can be very hard, if not dangerous, due to the severe withdrawal symptoms. An OxyContin detox program can safely alleviate or prevent the flu-like symptoms such as vomiting, fever and chills.

If you or someone you love has a concern about OxyContin addiction, talk to a medical professional. The first steps in overcoming an addiction is OxyContin detox combined with rehabilitation therapy. After these steps are completed, it is advised that the patient along with his or her family participate in a relapse prevention support group to help the patient stay on track.
A1 Behavioral Health Services offers intensive outpatient programs to meet your individual OxyContin treatment needs. If you suspect OxyContin addiction, give us a call on our 24 Hour Toll-Free Addiction Helpline (855) 904-7873. OxyContin addiction can be overcome.

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